GEF SGP partnerships at the global level include those with UN and other multilateral agencies and organizations, GEF programmes and projects, governments, bilateral and multilateral donors, foundations, and international CSOs and NGOs, among others.
At the local level, GEF SGP forms partnerships with Co-financing Partners such as communities and grantees, local and national government agencies, multilateral organizations, bilateral donors, academic and research institutions, foundations and the private sector. SGP synergies with partners have allowed them access to SGP staff, resources, methodologies, tools, knowledge, and experience; thus, SGP partnerships are of mutual benefit.
SGP partners with local and national Governments to allow for a multi-stakeholder approach and national ownership. Governments dedicate funds and other resources, participate in the National Steering Committee, incorporate good practices and lessons from SGP, and facilitate replication, scaling up, and policy change. In turn, SGP produces global environmental benefits by addressing local environmental and development needs, targeting marginalized, poorer, and indigenous populations, and creating job opportunities and generating incomes, while helping governments to meet their international convention obligations.
Civil Society Organizations
NGOs and CBOs at the local and national levels support SGP’s work with communities virtually in every project funded to date. SGP partners with civil society organizations and help establish and nurture networks that enable improved natural resource management, capacity development, knowledge exchange, policy advocacy, and sustainability of SGP and related initiatives. These networks expand SGP’s reach, involving greater numbers of organizations and communities in activities related to SGP objectives, and lead to greater impacts through replication and policy change.
SGP partnerships facilitate links with private sector companies and fair trade networks that can provide technical assistance and advice, as well as significant co-financing to either match the SGP contribution or to replicate and upscale successful practices from SGP.
Universities and research institutions have supported the development of new technologies and methodologies for community-based application. They have provided capacity development, technical assistance, and monitoring of project activities, working in tandem with community partners.