Over the years, international development partners have greatly gained confidence in icipe’s infrastructure, expertise and leadership in research and development. This conviction is demonstrated through a number of affiliations that icipe has with partners across the world. These include the designation of icipe as a Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) Reference Centre for vectors and vector-borne animal diseases, regional centre of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and an OIE Collaborating Centre for Bee Health in Africa by OIE – World Organisation for Animal Health (the intergovernmental organisation responsible for improving animal health worldwide).