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Institutional Partners

Since 2008, the European Space Agency has been working closely with key International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and stakeholders in the IFIs’ client countries to explore the potential of Earth Observation in offering information and services that support International Development operations.

The GDA Programme is implemented together with the following key Institutional Partners under the joint Space for International Development Assistance (Space for IDA) cooperation framework:

The World Bank, headquartered 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.

The Digital Earth Partnership (DEP) is hosted within the Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) at the World Bank. Its goal is to accelerate the world’s adoption of new digital geospatial services in order to enhance the outcomes of service delivery across sustainable development sectors. The DEP supports coordination under the ESA partnership, complementing GDA.

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

The Digital Technology for Development Unit supports coordination under the ESA partnership, complementing GDA with the EO for Development and Digital Transformation Initiative. This bank wide initiative supports the Operational Departments to streamline the adoption of this technology into investment programs by leveraging synergies among several Technical Assistance programs to finance Capacity Building and Skill Transfer in Developing Member Countries.

Participating States and Implementing Service Providers

The GDA Programme was brought to life by ESA Member States at the Space19+ Ministerial Council in November 2019. Implementing Service Providers from the following 14 GDA Participating States are being contracted to provide EO services to our Institutional Partners under the Space for IDA cooperation framework:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, the UK.

Explore the map and click on Participating States to find out more about Service Provider engagement in GDA activities!

Contracts awarded and consortia composition