Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Dedicated Grant Mechanism?

The Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (DGM) is part of the Forest Investment Program (FIP)—a window of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) that provides funding to countries to address the direct and underlying drivers of deforestation and forest degradation. Within the FIP, the DGM is an innovative program designed to facilitate the effective participation of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in the design and implementation of activities that reduce deforestation and forest degradation at the local, national, and global levels. The goal of the DGM is to build capacity and empower forest-dependent communities so that they have a greater role in the design and implementation of forest policies and programs which impact them. These communities give direction to the program and are responsible for setting their own priorities and implementing programs to conserve their forests and natural environment.

The DGM is designed to enhance the capacity of, and support on-the-ground activities to be carried out by, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in the pilot countries of the FIP. In each FIP pilot country, the DGM program provides a granting mechanism for communities to foster better management of forest landscapes, reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (also known as REDD+), enhance technical and negotiations skills, and enhance access to information and alternative income generation options.

How was the Dedicated Grant Mechanism developed?

The Dedicated Grant Mechanism was designed by Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities representatives, reflecting their priorities and interests. The CIF Administrative Unit and multilateral development banks (MDBs) have supported the process. First, an overarching design was developed by a global working group of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities. This formed the basis for the framework operational guidelines for the program which include the objectives, principles, governance arrangements, and funding criteria. The design of the country-specific DGM projects is based on these Framework Operational Guidelines. 

How does the Dedicated Grant Mechanism relate to the Forest Investment Program?

At the pilot country level, the DGM is complementary to the other projects and programs supported under the country’s FIP investment plan. Each country FIP investment plan has an annex on the DGM where these linkages are specified. Activities in each country will be tailored to the priorities of the communities while being aligned with the strategic objectives of the forest investment plan in the country. 

How is the Dedicated Grant Mechanism structured?

The DGM has two components—one focusing on the global level and the other on the country level in each FIP country. The global component includes a Global Steering Committee, to guide the activities of the Global Project, as well as a Global Executing Agency (Conservation International), to implement these activities.  Each country project will mirror this structure with its own National Steering Committee and National Executing Agency.

How is the Dedicated Grant Mechanism organized and governed?

The DGM is governed by Steering Committees at the global and national levels led by indigenous Peoples and Local Community representatives.

A Global Steering Committee has been established with representation from Indigenous Peoples groups and Local Communities from the pilot countries of the FIP, a member from a non-FIP country and representatives from the World Bank and the Global Executing Agency. Until the DGM National Steering Committees are established in the countries, a Transitional Committee with transitional membership from the countries is fulfilling this role. A Global Executing Agency (GEA) serves as the secretariat to the Global Steering Committee and will carry out the tasks as outlined in the Operational Guidelines of the DGM. Conservation International, USA was chosen through a competitive, open process as the Global Executing Agency for the DGM. In addition to other responsibilities, the GEA will be the repository of the information on the DGM and maintain its website.

Each country program will be overseen by a National Steering Committee, which will be established through a consultative self-selection process in each pilot country. The National Steering Committee will guide the implementation of the country program and make funding decisions on eligible grant proposals. Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities will have a majority in the National Steering Committee. A National Executing Agency (NEA) will be selected to implement the program in each pilot country. The NEA will carry out the administrative and fiduciary management of the project under the oversight of the NSC in the country. The selection of the NEA will be done by the National Steering Committee in each country.

What is the status of the country projects?

For the most updated status of each country projects, please refer to their individual pages:

Brazil | Burkina Faso | Congo, DR | Congo, Rep. of | Cote d'Ivoire | Ecuador | Ghana | Guatemala | Indonesia | Lao PDRMexico | Mozambique | Nepal | Peru

What is the status of the global component?

The Global DGM project was approved, with Conservation International as Global Executing Agency (GEA), in March 2015. In its role as GEA, CI facilitates knowledge sharing and capacity building for indigenous and local community networks and partnerships among the fourteen DGM beneficiary countries.

Where can I get more information?

DGM Global Project

Garo Batmanian (Team Leader), World Bank

Johnson Cerda (Technical Director), Conservation International, Global Executing Agency


Please refer to the appropriate country page for the most updated contact information:

Brazil | Burkina Faso | Congo, Dem. Rep. of the | Congo, Rep. of the | Cote d'Ivoire | Ecuador | Ghana | Guatemala | Indonesia | Lao PDR | Mexico | Mozambique | Nepal | Peru