Islamic Development Bank
|Headquarters||Jeddah, Saudi Arabia|
|Key people||Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al-Madani, President|
The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) (Arabic: البنك الإسلامي للتنمية ) is a multilateral development financing institution located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It was founded in 1973 by the Finance Ministers at the first Organisation of the Islamic Conference (now called the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation).
On the 22 May 2013, IDB tripled its authorized capital to $150 billion to better serve Muslims in member and non-member countries. The Bank continues to receive the highest credit ratings of AAA by major rating agencies.
On the basis of paid-up capital, major shareholders include:
- Saudi Arabia (26.5%)
- Libya (10.7%)
- Iran (9.32%)
- Egypt (9.22%)
- Turkey (8.41%)
- United Arab Emirates (7.54%)
- Kuwait (7.11%)
- Pakistan (3.31%)
- Algeria (3.31%)
- Indonesia (2.93%)
The present membership of the Bank consists of 56 countries. The basic condition for membership is that the prospective member country should be a member of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), pay its contribution to the capital of the Bank and be willing to accept such terms and conditions as may be decided upon by the IsDB Board of Governors.
IDB has evolved into a group of five Entities, consisting of Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Islamic Research & Training Institute (IRTI), Islamic Corporation for Development of the Private Sector (ICD), Islamic Corporation for Insurance of Investment and Export Credit (ICIEC) and International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC).
Some Implemented Projects
- The Gao Bridge in Mali: Until a few years ago, crossing the Niger River at Gao meant waiting for a ferry that might or might not be operating. This hindered progress and discouraged trade. Now, a new bridge has thrown a lifeline to the once isolated Gao Region in eastern Mali.
- Khanarc Canal transforms agriculture in northeast Azerbaijan: Built around 70 years ago, the Samur-Absheron Canal carries water from the Samur River to irrigate farms in northeastern Azerbaijan and supply the national capital, Baku, with drinking water. Years of neglect meant that the canal was inefficient – it lost much of the water it carried – and did not have the capacity to meet existing demand for irrigation or, still less, to allow for expansion. Rehabilitating the canal was a priority for the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
- Modernising road planning and designing in Yemen: Roads are fundamental to the development of Yemen and the well being of its population. The deserts and mountains that characterise the country make building and maintaining roads a challenge. The network of paved roads is limited and many remote communities are still isolated. A good road network is essential to bring rural areas into the mainstream and to boost development.
On Going Programs
- Scholarship Programs: The Bank's fund and implement its scholarship programmes as part of its overall effort in the development of human resources of its member countries and those of the Muslim communities in non-member countries. There are three scholarship programmes offered by IDB:
- Scholarship Programme for Muslim Communities in Non-Member Countries
- M.Sc Scholarship Programme in Science and Technology for IDB Least Developed Member Countries
- Merit Scholarship Programme for High Technology
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- Taylor & Francis Group; Dean, Lucy (2003), The Middle East and North Africa 2004: 2004 (Illustrated ed.), Routledge, ISBN 1-85743-184-7
- Islamic Development Bank triples authorised capital: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/22/islamic-finance-idb-idUSL6N0E32P920130522
- The Gao Bridge in Mali: http://www.isdb.org/irj/go/km/docs/documents/IDBDevelopments/Attachments/Projects/IDB_gao_bridge_web.pdf
- Modernising road planning and designing in Yemen: http://www.isdb.org/irj/go/km/docs/documents/IDBDevelopments/Attachments/Projects/IDB_Yemen_success_story.pdf
- Khanarc Canal in Azerbaijan: http://www.isdb.org/irj/go/km/docs/documents/IDBDevelopments/Attachments/Projects/IDB_khanarc_web.pdf
- Scholarship and Special Assistance: http://www.isdb.org/irj/portal/anonymous?NavigationTarget=navurl://5ffaebd539e6818daffef7bff9d770cb
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