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GEF’s Partnership with Civil Society Organizations . GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop March 22 – 24, 2011 Kyiv, Ukraine. Civil Society Organizations: Policies and Participation. GEF actively engages CSOs in its programs, projects and policies CSOs participate in GEF through:

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GEF’s Partnership with Civil Society Organizations

  • GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop

  • March 22 – 24, 2011

  • Kyiv, Ukraine


Civil Society Organizations: Policies and Participation

  • GEF actively engages CSOs in its programs, projects and policies

  • CSOs participate in GEF through:

    • Involvement and participation in GEF projects; and

    • Involvement in policy processes through the GEF Assembly and the Council.

      • Specific policies adopted by the GEF Council, setting the foundation for CSO engagement in GEF activities on two distinct levels, projects and international policy.


What is Civil Society?

  • The GEF recognizes the definition of major groups agreed by Governments at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in 1992.

  • Civil society consists of nine major groups: Non-Governmental organizations, farmers, women, the scientific and technological community, youth and children, indigenous peoples and their communities, business and industry, workers and trade unions and local authorities.

  • In this context the basic principle, as approved by the GEF Council in 1995 (GEF/C.3/5), is that CSOs/NGOs attending/observing Council meetings are defined as “non-profit organizations whose mandate, experience, expertise and capacity are relevant to the work of the GEF.”


GEF Policies Related to CSO involvement at the Project Level

  • The Public involvement in GEF-financed projects:

    • policy approved by the GEF Council in April 1996.

  • Public involvement comprises three related and often overlapping processes:

    • information dissemination

    • consultation

    • stakeholder participation

  • Applies to all GEF focal areas programs and projects;

  • Spells out the rationale, terms and principles for public involvement

  • Solidifies operational requirement for stakeholder involvement and partnership in the design, implementation, and evaluation of GEF-financed activities


GEF Policies - Global Policy Level

  • GEF Council consults with civil society organizations, including indigenous peoples organizations, before every Council including replenishment meetings.

    • Must be members of CSO NGO network. (http://www.thegef.org/gef/csos and www.gefngo.org)

  • Following criteria applies to selection of sponsored participants:

    • A broad based geographic representation should be ensured

    • Relevant competencies for the GEF agenda

    • Balance among international, national and local representatives – and wide range of views and expertise

    • Past attendance of CSOs at Council meetings should be considered and rotation among CSOs should be sought


The Rationale for Public Involvement in GEF-financed Projects

  • Public involvement improves the performance and impact of projects by:

    • Enhancing recipient country ownership of, and accountability for, project outcomes

    • Addressing the social and economic needs of affected people

    • Building partnerships among project executing agencies and stakeholders

    • Making use of skills, experiences, and knowledge, specifically of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community and local groups, and the private sector in the design, implementation and evaluation of project activities.


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