The Competitive Industries and Innovation Program (CIIP) is a multi-donor partnership among the World Bank Group (WBG), the European Union (EU), the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Secretariat and the governments of Austria, Switzerland and Norway.

CIIP partners decided that CIIP will be set up as two World Bank-executed trust funds:


  1. The governments of Austria, Switzerland and Norway along with the European Union, fund the Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF). That Trust Fund has global focus and also funds all knowledge initiatives of the CIIP.


  1. The European Union along with the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS)  finance the Single-Donor Trust Fund (SDTF) through the EU European Development Fund (EDF). That Trust Fund has specific geographic focus on the African, Caribbean, and Pacific states.



Federal Ministry of Finance

Through its participation in and collaboration with International Financial Institutions (IFIs), Austria provides multilateral development assistance to developing countries across the globe. The Ministry of Finance is responsible for representing Austria at Multilateral Development Banks and for supporting their efforts in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals and the Agenda 2030. The overall goal of this cooperation with IFIs is to achieve positive development effects in developing and transition countries. One priority is to promote sustainable private and financial sector development in recipient countries with the objective to foster broad-based economic growth, generate employment, raise incomes and improve livelihoods on the ground.

Industrial development can be a powerful engine of structural change and economic growth. The private sector is widely recognized as a key driving force and source of entrepreneurial spirit, business acumen and innovative ideas. At the same time, despite remaining quite controversial, new ‘smart’ industrial policies have re-taken center stage in economic development strategies. While seeing most developing countries engaging on this path, we decided to join the CIIP to take a practical and evidence-based approach to support local efforts to spur innovation, productivity and competitiveness. Encouraging public-private dialogue and supporting firms to innovate, enter new markets, grow and create jobs needs to be done through programs that work and are well implemented. The World Bank team leading CIIP brings us those types of programs. They help us explore, select, test and evaluate solutions in difficult countries. The impact of this approach goes well beyond specific outcomes such as the financial leverage achieved or the number of jobs created through specific country projects. It helps influence overall development strategies around private sector development in a novel but measured way, which promises to make these strategies more effective in contributing to poverty alleviation through sustainable economic growth and the generation of employment and income opportunities.


Dr. Elisabeth Gruber

Director, Department for International Financial Institutions

Federal Ministry of Finance, Austria




The Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) is the Swiss government`s center of excellence for all core issues relating to economic and labor market policy. Their aim is to contribute to sustained economic growth, high employment and fair working conditions. They accomplish this by creating the necessary regulatory, economic and foreign policy framework.

The partnership of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs with the World Bank Group on private sector development issues has a long and fruitful history. As we continue to strongly support the development of the Facility for Investment Climate Advisory Services, where our action across the board allows regulatory changes in developing countries, we see CIIP as a more vertical intervention where we focus on the growth of firms in specific industries or sectors. The combination of those two types of interventions is powerful. After only three years since its founding, we are pleased to see the results that CIIP has obtained so far.”

Liliana de Sa Kirchknopf

Head of Division Private Sector Development

Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education, and Research, Switzerland   



Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The essential task of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to work for Norway’s interests internationally: to safeguard the country’s freedom, security and prosperity. Norway’s interests are determined by such factors as its geographical location in a strategically important area, its open economy, its position as a coastal state and steward of substantial marine resources, and its extensive exports of oil and gas. The Ministry also works to promote peace and security, an international legal system, an economically just world order and sustainable development. In addition, the Foreign Service is responsible for giving help, advice and protection to Norwegian nationals vis-à-vis foreign authorities, as well as assisting Norwegian citizens abroad in connection with criminal proceedings, accidents, illness and death.

“Our objective, which matches our white paper on private sector development in Norwegian development cooperation, is to identify projects in which the Norwegian development assistance funds are used in cooperation with funds from the private sector. We aim to reduce risks but also to grow impact. CIIP has been using such criteria to select its country operations, and that is the reason we are interested in supporting this trust fund.”

Tom E. Eriksen

Senior Advisor, Section for Multilateral Development and Global Economic Issues

Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway


 European Commission

Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation

The Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) is responsible for designing European international cooperation and development policy and delivering aid throughout the world. DG DEVCO is in charge of development/cooperation policy which encompasses assistance to countries at different stages of development. DG DEVCO is also responsible for formulating European Union development policy and thematic policies in order to reduce poverty in the world, to ensure sustainable economic, social and environmental development and to promote democracy, the rule of law, good governance and the respect of human rights, notably through external aid.

“The European Commission is keen to engage in partnerships that seek to provide tailored policy solutions based on dialogue, evidence, and analysis to address the complex challenges faced by many developing economies. With increased focus on ACP countries, the partnership formed under the CIIP provides an opportunity to work on practical solutions at the country level, aiming to reduce poverty through initiating and sustaining long-term processes of economic growth and jobs creation. The European Commission has recently set out its proposal for the European External Investment Plan, and the CIIP can support this effort to encourage investments in developing countries through evidence based solutions and by helping to remove obstacles to investment, by providing visibility and technical assistance to investment projects, and by making smarter use of new and existing financial resources.”

Antti Karhunen

Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation, EuropeAid, European Commission, Belgium


 Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS)

The Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) is an organisation created by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. It is composed of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states, with all of them, save Cuba, signatories to the Cotonou Agreement, also known as the "ACP-EC Partnership Agreement" which binds them to the European Union. There are 48 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific. The ACP Group´s main objectives are: sustainable development of its Member-States and their gradual integration into the global economy, which entails making poverty reduction a matter of priority and establishing a new, fairer, and more equitable world order; coordination of the activities of the ACP Group in the framework of the implementation of ACP-EC Partnership Agreements; consolidation of unity and solidarity among ACP States, as well as understanding among their peoples; and the establishment and consolidation of peace and stability in a free and democratic society.

ACP Business Portal:

Business ACP is the ACP's Private Sector Development Platform. It is dedicated to enabling greater coordination and coherence in the implementation of the ACP Strategy for Private Sector Development, and the Joint ACP-EU Private Sector Development Cooperation Framework of the “all-ACP/ intra-ACP” component of the 11th European Development Fund (EDF).