Civil Society



Engagement with stakeholders is key to the work of the CIF. Civil Society Organizations, with their access to the communities they serve, are both an important constituency – and an important channel of communication. 

Civil Society (CSOs) represent a range of constituencies affected by climate change and are a pillar of the principle of country ownership, outlined in the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. For the Climate Investment Funds to function effectively in recipient countries, Civil Society is a critical stakeholder, helping to set the investment approach and to involve communities in activities aimed at both mitigation and adaptation.

Civil Society Organizations are represented in the CIF by a total of 20 elected Observers - four on each of the Trust Fund Committees, and four on each of the Strategic Climate Fund Sub-Committees. Civil Society observers are drawn from global and local or regional civil society organizations, with consideration given to equitably distributed representation. Every observer represents a network of organizations operating in its geographic region and with similar interests. CSOs might include advocacy groups, think tanks, and groups that are active in the field.

Gertrud Kenyagi, SWAGEN

CIF is founded on the principles of stakeholder engagement, inclusivity and transparency. As Getrude Kenyagi executive director of SWAGEN, a CSO from Uganda, pointed out, "The CIF's reputation as participatory, transparent and inclusive has inspired confidence among the Climate Change community of practice that finally things are looking up".

The involvement of observers on the Trust Fund Committees and Sub-committees is essential in the expression of these principles. This central role is unique to the CIF, where they are seen as vital in broadening perspectives, supporting transparency and accountability, and ensuring more targeted and effective action on the ground. Like all of the stakeholder groups – including the Multilateral Development Banks, the private sector, and Indigenous Peoples and local communities - Civil Society Organizations are involved at levels of engagement in CIF processes.

Effective stakeholder engagement is the foundation on which successful country plans are built. As Maurice Ouma Odhiambo, one of CIF’s first CSO observers puts it, "CIF has presented the opportunity for CSOs globally to participate and engage with the various CIF committees in addressing the global problem of climate change, and achieving country development needs.”

Multilateral Development Banks and Civil Society

CSO Events and Features/News 

Increasingly the voice of Civil Society and community/local, regional and national groups such as Indigenous Peoples is being sought by all involved in the CIF process. For example, the CIF recognizes the deep connection between indigenous peoples and the natural environment in the context of climate change, as well as the sanctity of indigenous cultural practices. These events and features explore in greater detail the importance of civil society and indigenous communities in bringing a sense of urgency and fresh perspective to climate projects.