OFID’s Grant Program targets development initiatives aimed at building public goods, strengthening the capacities of partner countries and addressing the specific needs of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups within these nations. It focuses on the least developed countries and development initiatives that cannot be supported through loans or other financing mechanisms. OFID’s grants also provide emergency relief aid in response to natural and man-made disasters, as well as to health crises.

Grant operations are organized under a number of sub-programs including: technical assistance; research and other intellectual activities; and special programs to address major global public health concerns, to provide humanitarian and development assistance to the Palestinian people, and to combat energy poverty. In implementing its Grant Program, OFID works closely with UN agencies and a host of national and international NGOs and other partners.

By the end of December 2018, OFID had approved a cumulative total of US$675.2m through its grant window. Read brochure: OFID's grants program: A critical tool for development

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Activities in 2018

During 2018, US$21.03m was approved under OFID’s Grants and Technical Assistance window to support operations in some of the most disadvantaged regions of the world. Regionally, Asia was the biggest recipient, attracting nearly half of approvals US$10.16m), followed by Africa (US$6.87m). Multiregional operations attracted US$3.9m of approvals, and US$140,000 was approved for the Latin American region.