Main Partners


The World Bank, located in Washington DC, USA, is one of the world’s largest sources of development assistance. It provides financial support to projects especially in low and middle-income countries through loans and grants. This includes policy advice, research, analysis and technical assistance.

ESA’s partnership with the World Bank started in 2008 and, on 3rd December 2015, at the COP21 Climate Summit in Paris, the World Bank and ESA signed an agreement on using information from Earth observation satellites in support of sustainable development.



The Asian Development Bank aims to help countries in Asia and the Pacific region reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of their citizens. The Bank assists its members and partners by providing loans, technical assistance, grants and equity investments to promote social and economic development.

ESA’s partnership with the ADB started in 2013 and, on 9th November 2016, the ADB and ESA have signed an agreement to collaborate over the next five years to use information from space to support sustainable development.



The International Fund for Agricultural Development is a specialized agency of the United Nations, established as an international financial institution in 1977 to finance agricultural development projects primarily for food production and eradicating rural poverty in the developing countries.

ESA’ s collaboration with the IFAD dates back to 2010 with a couple of pilot projects already completed.



The Inter-American Development Bank is the leading source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean. The Bank provides loans, grants, technical assistance and conducts extensive research.

Current focus areas include three development challenges – social inclusion and inequality, productivity and innovation, and economic integration – and three cross-cutting issues – gender equality and diversity, climate change and environmental sustainability.


The European Investment Bank is is European Union’s long-term borrowing and lending international financial institution. It provides finance and expertise for sustainable investment projects that contribute to EU policy objectives, with 90% of its activities within Europe.

ESA’s collaboration with EIB dates back to 2011 with some initial pilot projects.

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