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 proposals periodically. The first call for proposals— issued to eligible partners – closed on December 15, 2017. 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.

A second call for proposals will be issued later this year. Only MDBs accredited as Implementing Partners are eligible to apply for funds.

Timeline of Key We-Fi Events