Global Publications

Promoting Sustainability Development through more effective Civil Society Participation

The EU-NGOs project "Strengethening Environmental Governance by Bulding the Capacity of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO)" is a global project funded by the European Union (EU), implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and delivered and co-financed by the Global Environment Facilty (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP). This publication:

1. Outlines the conceptual basis of the EU-NGOs Project and its community-led approach to strengthening environmental governance by increasing civil society participation in related processes;
2. Presents a selection of eight EU-NGOs country case studies (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Georgia, Moldova, Morocco, Palestine and Ukraine) setting the local context based on which supported initiatives were developed, describing project activities and objectives, as well as reporting on key achievements, impacts and lessons learned from these on-the-ground initiatives; and
3. Highlights some key overall impacts and lessons learned from on-the-ground implementation of community-led projects related to environmental governance in EU-neighboring countries.

The EU-NGOs project has produced considerable results with positive effects beyond the supported NGOs, as a large number of CSOs and NGOs have been reached through such tools as a training-of-trainers approach, partnerships, and dedicated networks. The case studies provided in this report aim to share valuable insights to such approaches that can be used as a basis for replication in similar initiatives around the world.

Country: Armenia, Egypt, Georgia, Moldova, Morocco, Palestine, Ukraine  Promoting Sustainability Development through more effective Civil Society Participation (7.2 MB)
Voices of Impact: Speaking for the Global Commons

This is a publication developed by the UNDP-GEF  to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the GEF. SGP work is featured in the following 4 stories:

• We are a large ocean state, ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF SEYCHELLES
• The power of peat, RESTORING ECOSYSTEM HEALTH TO PEATLANDS IN BELARUS
• Ridge-to-reef living landscapes A MODEL FOR COMMUNITY-BASED CONSERVATION IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA
• Threads of Life WOMEN RESTORING WILD COTTON SPECIES AND INDIGENOUS PRACTICES IN PERU

Country: Belarus, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Seychelles  Voices of Impact: Speaking for the Global Commons (18.11 MB)
A Practitioners' Guide to Establishing a Community-Based Adaptation Programme

Developed for local and national-lelvel practititioners interested in community-based adaptation (CBA) to climate change, this guide presents the lessons and practices from the gloal pilot project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) under the Strategic Priority on Adaptation (SPA) window and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) mechanism.  

The guide resembles a 'cookbook' for conducting the CBA processes in project development and implementation. To illustrate the processes and priniciples, the guide provides practical examples of how CBA can be accomplished in real project situations by drawing on the field experiences of the SPA CBA project, which was implemented in 10 countries in varying geographic areas with communities of different cultural backgrounds and norms.

Area of work: Community Based Adaptation; Miscellaneous: Gender, Youth  A Practitioners' Guide to Establishing a Community-Based Adaptation Programme (3.38 MB)
Small Grants Programme Corporate Brochure - 2015

General Brochure about the SMall Grants Programme. Where we work, how to apply, areas of work and results.

A Practitioners Guide to Establishing A Community-Based Adaptation Programme Recommendations Based on A UNDP-GEF Community-based adaptation Pilot Project

Based on examples from Community Based Adaptation (CBA) projects of the GEF Small Grants Programme implemented by UNDP, this publication aims to guide practitioners in developing CBA projects from design to implementation. The publication includes recommendations on country entry points, roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders, financial management, use of methodologies such as VRA, applying the Theory of Change and more.

Area of work: Community Based Adaptation; Miscellaneous: Gender, IP, Youth  A Practitioners Guide to Establishing A Community-Based Adaptation Programme Recommendations Based on A UNDP-GEF Community-based adaptation Pilot Project (3.38 MB)
Guidance Note on How to Plan and Mainstream Community-Based Adaptation at the Local, Sub-National and National Levels

Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) has been involved in Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) since 2008. At this time, the GEF Strategic Priority on Adaptation (SPA) window funded a five-year pilot programme that was implemented by UNDP and delivered on the ground by SGP. In 2009, AusAID partnered with SGP to enable climate resilience funding for two complementary CBA programmes, the Mekong Asia Pacific CBA (MAP CBA) and the Small Islands Developing States CBA (SIDS CBA).

One of the key objectives of SGP’s CBA programmes is to mainstream CBA into the local, sub national and national levels by informing policies and programmes of community-driven adaptation priorities and innovations. While every country’s planning processes and capacities vary substantially, one of the greatest barriers for government’s effective development processes is how to reach vulnerable local people, especially those living in isolated geographic areas.


This guidance note is targeted to SGP CBA practitioners such as National Coordinators (NCs), grantees and Programme Assistants (PAs) to effectively integrate CBA innovations into national processes and practices, while using the existing infrastructure and systems of SGP. It can also be used by other practitioners working at the local levels.

Area of work: Community Based Adaptation  Guidance Note on How to Plan and Mainstream Community-Based Adaptation at the Local, Sub-National and National Levels (1.64 MB)
Gender, Climate Change, and Community Based Adaptation: A Guidebook For Designing And Implementing Gender-Sensitive Community-Based Adaptation Programmes And Projects

The Gender, Climate Change and Community Based Adaptation Guidebook presents a wealth of experiences and examples taken from the UNDP-GEF Community-Based Adaptation Programme, delivered through SGP, that are being piloted throughout the world. The Guidebook will be useful for any community-based practitioners who wish to review successful cases of gender mainstreaming in community-based adaptation projects.

Area of work: Community Based Adaptation; Miscellaneous: Gender  Gender, Climate Change, and Community Based Adaptation: A Guidebook For Designing And Implementing Gender-Sensitive Community-Based Adaptation Programmes And Projects (4.38 MB)