Country Component

Objective

The objective of this component is to support investments and capacity building for IPLCs that meet the DGM program criteria through the following sub-components:

Sub-component I: Allocation of grants for implementation of on-the-ground activities of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities’ choice in the FIP pilot countries. 

Sub-component II: Capacity building programs for IPLC organizations in the FIP countries to enhance leadership, management and technical skills of IPLCs.

Structure of the Country Component

The National Steering Committee (NSC) in each FIP pilot country will oversee the DGM implementation in the respective country. The NSC’s main functions will be to select proposals and award grants, and monitor progress of the projects. The NSC will participate in national REDD+ coordination committees or equivalents in the countries and ensure that DGM lessons are transmitted to ongoing national processes. Membership of the NSCs will include indigenous peoples and local community representatives; observers from civil society, the private sector and other groups, according to country circumstances; government representatives; and a representative of the World Bank. The government and World Bank members will provide inputs on technical soundness, operational feasibility and alignment with national and World Bank policies. However, the government and World Bank Members will not take part in the decision- making process of the NSC with respect to selection of grant proposals for funding, which will be made solely by IPLC members. 

The National Executing Agency

The NEA will serve as the Secretariat to the National Steering Committee and facilitate the work of the NSC. The NEA develops country-specific review and risk assessment criteria, manages national communications on the DGM and coordinates with the GEA.  The NEA also manages the grievance and complaints-redress process, maintains project documentation and provides operational and financial reporting. The NEA will be responsible for disbursing funds to grant projects selected by the NSC as well as for monitoring grant-funded projects and ensuring appropriate use of DGM funds. The NEA will be a not-for-profit and non-state organization that meets the programmatic, fiduciary and safeguards requirements of the World Bank (or other MDB).