A critical element of CIF effectiveness is its stakeholder base, which includes: countries, multilateral development banks (MDBs) that serve as implementing partners (African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Inter-American Development Bank, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group), UN and UN agencies, GEF, UNFCCC, Adaptation Fund, bilateral development agencies, civil society organizations (CSOs), indigenous peoples, private sector entities, and scientific and technical experts. The stakeholder participation and consultation enables broader input and communication for more effective action and gives stakeholders both an opportunity and a responsibility to support the effective implementation of CIF investments.

The stakeholders can participate in the CIF through:

  • Observers to the Trust Fund Committees’ and Sub-Committees’ meetings. Representatives of the GEF, the UNFCCC, the UNDP, the UNEP and representatives of the civil society organizations and indigenous people or of any international or governmental agencies, or other organizations such as private sector organizations with a mandate to address climate change are invited by the Administrative Unit to observe Trust Committee and Sub-Committee meetings according to the Rule of Procedure for Trust Fund Committee Meeting. CSOs that do not have observer status or members of the public can participate in CIF through the observers representing their interests;
  • Partnership Forum, Private Sector Forum, and Civil Society Forum

CIF's three tiered approach to stakeholder engagement:

Within each of CIF's four key programs - CTF, PPCR, FIP and SREP - country governments and the MDBs work with stakeholders to encourage national-level engagement and promote coordination with ongoing activities. The CIF seeks to engage all of its key stakeholders in order to facilitate effective action at the global, regional and national levels.

Because of the diversity of its stakeholder groups – which include CSO’s, the private sector, Indigenous Peoples and local communities - the CIF has a tiered approach to stakeholder engagements, which operate on three different levels.5adb-cso_5663_1_0.jpg

  1. Information Sharing: This involves the broadest range of stakeholders and includes servicing the observers of the Trust Fund Committees and Sub-Committees by disseminating information in a timely manner and bringing information to the attention of the broader stakeholders.
  2. Consultation: The CIF's stakeholder engagement through consultation centers on seeking stakeholders' views on the CIF governance system, decision making process, decisions, operational activities, results and impacts. National governments and MDBs are encouraged to consult with stakeholder representatives in the development and implementation of investment plans.
  3. Partnership: This approach of CIF stakeholder engagement includes motivating and encouraging stakeholders to be more involved in the implementation of CIF projects at the country level. It involves governments and CIF implementing agencies working with CSOs on joint initiatives such as in awareness raising, capacity development and other areas.

Private Sector

Indigenous Peoples

Civil Society Organizations



Stakeholder Engagement Guidelines

Participation and consultation at project level: The programming, planning, approval, implementation and supervision process of CIF projects will follow the relevant MDB’s policies and procedures. Each MDB has well-established policies, guidelines and the necessary infrastructure to ensure stakeholder participation and public consultation.