SEWA as had some ongoing relationships with multilateral organizations, including the World Bank and the United Nations. SEWA's partnership with UN organizations such as the UNDP and UNIFEM has been steadily growing. However, the partnership with the World Bank was latent. In November 2000, the then President of the World Bank Mr. James D. Wolfensohn visited SEWA. Mr. Wolfensohn's pro-poor approach and commitment to address the issue of poverty opened the doors for building a partnership between a member-based organization, such as SEWA, and the World Bank. SEWA pursued the process of partnership building.