IsDB Group Operations at Glance

2017 Third Quarter Update

The Open Data Initiative is intended to help transform the IDBG into a knowledge-based institution by providing quality assured data to support knowledge generation, dissemination and transfer.

The initiative provides an opportunity for internal and external data users to access operational data that covers IDBG approvals since inception. These are organized by:

  • mode of financing
  • entity
  • source of funds
  • country
  • sectors

The IDBG’s operational data is released quarterly based on the Gregorian calendar. However, for local use, it is also presented in the Hijra year. 

The Bank adopts its own classification of member countries which is currently comprised of four groups: Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Asia and Latin America (ALA), Europe and Central Asia (ECA) and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

The Bank encourages the use and distribution of the data, provided that clear attribution is given to the original source. The snapshot of IDBG operations is given below.

Trends in IDB Group net approvals

Trends in IDB Group net approvals
Trends in IDB Group net approvals

The IDBG’s net approvals have grown proportionally with the increasing development needs of its member countries.  The total net approvals since inception reached US$130.8 billion by the end of Q3-2017. In terms of decade performance, the net approvals increased significantly from US$4.8 billion in the first decade (1976-1985) to US$83.9 billion in the most recent decade (2008-2017(Q3)). This impressive performance was mainly due to the Bank’s strategic decision to scale up its operations to help member countries cope with the effect of global financial turbulence.

Net approvals grew by 79.9% from the first decade (1976-1985) to the second decade (1986-1995) and by 180.1% from the period (1986-1995) to (1996-2005). Over the most recent decade (2006-2017(Q3)), net approvals have recorded the highest growth rate of 287.8%. Similarly, in terms of absolute value, net approvals of US$93.4 billion are the highest registered during the same period.

Approvals by Region

Approvals by Region
Approvals by Region

Out of the total IDBG financing (US$130.8 billion) since inception, US$49.4 billion has gone to the MENA-18  region, followed by ALA-9  (US$38.3 billion); SSA-22  (US$21.7 billion) and ECA-8  (US$19.3 billion) (Figure 2). Other financing to non-member countries, regional projects and special programs amounted to US$2.2 billion. It may be noted that the majority of net approvals for SSA-22 and ECA-8 were mainly in the transport sector, whereas, for MENA-18 and ALA-9 the majority were in the energy sector.

Country-wise, the top five beneficiaries of IDBG financing are Bangladesh (14.9%), followed by Pakistan (8.9%), Egypt (8.8%), Turkey (8.3%) and Morocco (5.0%). The total financing for these countries represents about 46% of total IDBG net approvals.