The Governing Structure of the DGM

The key constituents of the implementation structure are the two Steering Committees – the National Steering Committee (NSC) and the Global Steering Committee (GSC), which are the decision-making bodies of the DGM. Both Committees are comprised primarily of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities. This is a defining feature of the DGM, where IPLCs have a key decision-making role in the program with active support from governments and Multi-lateral Development Bank (MDB) members. The execution of the program will be the responsibility of the Executing Agencies – National Executing Agencies (NEA) in the countries and Global Executing Agency (GEA) for the Global project. The funds flow from the FIP to the Multilateral Development Bank (MDB) acting as implementing agency for the DGM.  Currently, the World Bank has been selected by all of the 8 DGM countries to act as the MDB implementing agency. The World Bank in turn provides grants to the Global and National implementing agencies, which manage the funds under the direction of the Global and National Steering Committees. 

The main advantages of this implementation model are: 

  • Empowerment at the country and global level as IPLCs lead the steering committees.
  • Flexibility: IPLCs, governments and other stakeholders in the country work together to define the most appropriate activities under the DGM in the country, in line with the Framework Operational Guidelines. Thus, the pace of the program may be different in each country, without affecting the others. 
  • Segregation of functions to avoid conflict of interest: keeps administration and fiduciary functions separate from the decisions related to grant-making.
  • Partnerships: Both the GSC and the NSC are multi-stakeholder bodies, with IPLCs, MDBs and governments, continuing the partnership model of the FIP, where MDBs and governments collaborate on investment planning and implementation. 

Download the organizational chart showing the interrelationship among the institutions involved in governance and management of the DGM.