How We Operate

Business Model

The We-Fi Secretariat issues calls for proposals and manages the technical review process for submitted proposals. Eligible Multilateral Development Banks may submit proposals as per the terms outlined in each call.


Technical reviews are conducted by external technical experts identified by the Governing Committee and the Secretariat. The Secretariat provides the technical assessments to the Governing Committee for their consideration.


The Governing Committee makes all funding request decisions.

Applying for Funding

The We-Fi Secretariat calls for funding proposals from accredited implementing partners periodically.


The first approved proposals were announced on April 19, 2018, with $120 million allocated for proposals submitted by the Asian Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, and World Bank Group.


The second call for proposals was issued to accredited Implementing Partners closed on February 4, 2019, and funding decisions will be announced shortly.


For more information on the first and second calls for proposals, including funding principles and eligibility, please refer to the Guidance for Accredited MDBs page.

Timeline of Key We-Fi Events