GEF Small Grants Programme Ethiopia
The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP), launched in 1992, aims to deliver global environmental benefits in the GEF focal areas of biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation, protection of international waters, prevention of land degradation and elimination of persistent organic pollutants through community-based initiatives. Funded by the GEF as a corporate programme, SGP is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on behalf of the three GEF implementing agencies, and executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). Since its inception, the GEF SGP has occupied a strategic niche within the GEF, particularly by supporting community-based initiatives and interventions responding to the criteria, objectives and priorities of the GEF. Notably the SGP: • Supports outreach and awareness raising activities on selected environmental concerns; • Builds the capacities of NGOs and CBOs and local communities in addressing such environmental concerns; • Provides a mechanism for demonstrating and disseminating community-level and community-led interventions and solutions to such environmental concerns. • Aims to improve livelihoods of target communities; • Empowers communities and individuals; • Operates in more than 122 country offices and two regional offices, with day-to-day management by SGP National coordinators.
Ethiopia joined the GEF-SGP in 2005. The program provides financial assistance up to US$50,000 (grants) and technical assistance to NGOs and CBOs for activities that support community-level actions that address environmental concerns within the focal areas of GEF. A National Steering Committee (NSC) composed of voluntary representatives from NGOs/CBOs, government agencies, academic, private sectors and the UNDP office approves projects and guides the implementation of the Programme, which is managed by the National Coordinator. A small Central Programme Management Team, based in New York, headed by Global Manager, also gives strategic directions to the SGP country office. The Programme has developed and revised its Country Programme Strategy (CPS) to guide the country programme. more