FCPF Capacity Building Program

FCPF Capacity Building Program for Forest-Dependent Peoples and Southern Civil Society Organizations


The objective of the Capacity Building Program (CBP) of the FCPF is to provide forest-dependent indigenous peoples (IPs) and other forest dwellers (OFDs, also referred to interchangeably here as local communities, or LCs) and Southern civil society organizations (CSOs) with information, knowledge and awareness on REDD+ in order to enhance their understanding of REDD+, and by extension their ability to engage more meaningfully in the implementation of REDD+ Readiness activities.

Organizations representing these groups in FCPF member countries are eligible for funding for regional and/or national capacity building activities on REDD+ that include the provision of capacity building opportunities to local-level stakeholders. Work funded by this program should also ensure that the FCPF CBP’s support to these stakeholders will be leveraged to attract additional resources, both financial and technical.

In order to be eligible for financing, activities under the FCPF Capacity Building Program should:

  • Be located in an FCPF REDD country
  • Be proposed by networks or organizations of forest-dependent indigenous peoples and/or Southern CSOs and local communities, as appropriate, or be explicitly endorsed by relevant networks and organizations
  • Prepare national and regional organizations of forest-dependent indigenous peoples and/or Southern CSOs, as appropriate, to contribute to their national REDD+ Readiness processes
  • Reinforce national REDD+ readiness efforts
  • Include regional and/or national capacity building workshops and initiatives on REDD+
  • Emphasize the dissemination of capacity building benefits to local-level stakeholders
  • Show how FCPF support to forest-dependent indigenous peoples and Southern CSOs and local communities will be leveraged to attract additional support.


Program Implementation

The program has been implemented in two phases.

Phase 1: From 2008 to 2013, the FCPF Facility Management Team (FMT) relied on the World Bank’s corporate procurement system to grant forest-dependent indigenous peoples’ organizations and Southern CSOs access to funding. Under this system, such organizations were selected and contracted as consultants to carry out specific capacity building activities in line with the overall objectives of the program. This first phase financed 28 projects in Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America totaling approximately US $ 1.9 million. Updates on the implementation of Phase 1 of the program have been presented to the Participants Committee regularly from April 2013 to September 2016.

Phase 2: In June 2012 (PC12), the FMT presented to the PC the main conclusions reached as a result of internal discussions held at the World Bank for the Capacity Building Program, namely: (i) discontinuing the use of the World Bank’s corporate procurement system for the management of the program by June 30, 2013; and (ii) implementing new activities under the program in accordance with the World Bank’s “Procedures for Small Recipient-Executed Trust Fund Grants”.


Phase 2 Implementation Arrangements

During the second part of 2012, representatives of the FMT, the World Bank, and indigenous peoples and civil society organizations held various discussions to explore possible arrangements for the implementation of the program. After weighting various alternatives, the FMT identified the selection regional indigenous/civil society organizations to serve as regional intermediaries as the preferred option to balance: (i) ownership of the program activities by IP and CSO/OFD beneficiary organizations; and (ii) efficiency gains in the administration of the grants.


Selection of the Regional Intermediaries

Based on a review process led by the FMT, the following organizations were notified by the end of May 2013 of their selection as regional intermediaries for Phase 2 of the program:

Mainyoito Pastoralist Integrated Development Organization (MPIDO) [IP-Africa]

Contact: Joseph Ole Simel


Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) [CSO/OFD-Africa]

Contact: Mithika Mwenda 


Tebtebba-Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education [IP-Asia]

Contacts: Vicky Tauli-Corpus; Helen Valdez


Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bio-resources (ANSAB) [CSO/OFD-Asia

Contact: Puspa Ghimire


Asociación Sotz'il [IP-Latin America]

Contact: Ramiro Batzin


Central American Coordinating Body for Indigenous Peoples and Small Farmers in Community Agro-Forestry (ACICAFOC for its Spanish acronym)  [CSO/OFD-Latin America] 

Contact: Guillermo Alvarado 



Grants for regional intermediary organizations are typically in the range of US$400,000-US$600,000.


Procedures for Small Recipient-Executed Trust Fund Grants

The grants to the recipients/regional intermediaries will be governed by the Bank’s “Procedures for Small Recipient-Executed Trust Fund Grants”, which specify the process for the design and implementation of small and micro-grants. These procedures require additional fiduciary assessments and due diligence reviews for each one of the selected organizations, prior to the implementation of any activities. In addition, the Procedures ask teams to obtain no objection letters from the respective eligible countries prior to the carrying out of activities.

The selected Regional Intermediaries would enter into Grant Agreements with the World Bank. The Grant Agreements will spell out the grant-related responsibilities of the recipient in executing the trust fund. The Grant Agreements include, among other things, provisions on: (i) the objectives of the TF activities; (ii) activities eligible for funding; (iii) the recipient’s obligations with respect to procurement, contract administration, financial management and auditing, and progress reporting; and (iv) disclosure of information.


Role of the Regional Organizations (Recipients of Grant Funds)

The regional intermediaries will coordinate the implementation of capacity building activities in their respective regions. Organizations representing forest-dependent indigenous peoples on one hand, and Civil Society Organizations and other forest dwellers on the other, in FCPF member countries are eligible for funding.


Eligibility to Receive Sub-grants 

All CBP Phase 2 projects support two different types of activities: in-country capacity building and awareness raising activities (Component 1), and regional-level exchange and lessons sharing activities (Component 2). It is important to keep in mind that there are differences as to which organizations are eligible to participate in which components. These differences depend on the circumstances of the countries where the organizations are based. While, generally speaking, organizations in all FCPF member countries are eligible to participate in Component 2 activities, countries have been prioritized for participation in Component 1 activities according to the following basic criteria: 

i) Their respective governments have signed Readiness Grant Agreements with the FCPF, thereby allowing the project to reinforce their REDD+ Readiness efforts;

ii) They are not among the original Forest Investment Program (FIP) countries that are eligible to host a Dedicated Grant Mechanism (DGM) for indigenous peoples and local communities project.

In some regions, additional criteria have been applied to determine eligibility for Component 1 participation—for example, whether a country contains numerous organizations that have already benefited from the CBP Phase 1.