The 2014 selection process for nonprofit civil society observers to the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) will begin July 2014.

Below is the FINAL list of 2012-2014 CSO observer organizations:

* Denotes pilot country

Selection of the observer organizations was a challenging process that involved the following steps:

  • A global call for applications to civil society organizations in developing and developed countries.
  • Identification and recruitment of an Advisory Committee comprised of individuals from independent organizations whose expertise includes issues of climate change mitigation and adaptation and who were not candidates for the observer seats.
  • An initial screening of all applicants against the revised (June 2011) CSO Observer Criteria, ranking the applicants on a 1-4 scale (with 4 indicating the best match with the criteria). Based on the rankings, RESOLVE developed a suggested list of 5 to 7 qualified applicants for further review and short-listing by Advisory Committee members.
  • A detailed screening of those applicants by Advisory Committee members, which involved: (1) reviewing the information provided by the applicants, (2) interviewing 3 to 5 of their preferred candidates for each observer seat, (3) ranking those preferred candidates based on their applications and interview responses, and (4) providing RESOLVE with a suggested list of candidates to include on the ballot for a global vote.
  • A global electronic voting process during which CSO organizations identified preferred candidates from their region (Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Developed Countries). Results of the vote are available here.
  • A vote-counting and vote verification process to screen out invalid or fraudulent votes.
  • A final selection process, during which RESOLVE reviewed the voting results, incorporated feedback from the Advisory Committee, and applied the criteria for achieving balance on each of the CIF committees. As stated in the CSO Observer Criteria and other informational materials, the balance considerations (which were developed in consultation with CSO representatives), included the following:
    • Special effort will be made to achieve a balance among think-tanks, advocacy organizations, community-based organizations, and aid organizations.
    • Special effort will be made to recruit and select observer organizations that are represented by women and/or that focus on women’s involvement in addressing the challenges of climate change.
    • Preference should be given to candidates whose organizations are based in CIF pilot countries, and CSO observer representation on the committees should be distributed as evenly as possible among the CIF regions.

For cases involving tie votes, or where selection of first-place candidates did not result in an adequate balance of those criteria across a committee, RESOLVE relied on input from the Advisory Committee and the balance criteria to select organizations that both ranked highly and met the necessary criteria.

In the case of the Latin America CTF and SREP seats, RESOLVE undertook additional outreach and a separate selection process, as there were no qualified applications submitted for either committee from that region.

RESOLVE then forwarded the names of selected organizations to those who WERE selected and to those who were on the ballot but NOT selected. Before publicly releasing a final slate of observers, RESOLVE requested confirmation of acceptance of the seat from each of the organizations. During this process, one organization declined to accept the seat due to staffing changes, and several other seats were amended or re-arranged to fulfill the required balance criteria.

The RESOLVE team made every effort to ensure that this selection process was inclusive, transparent and responsive to the diversity of CSO interests from around the world. We welcome your input, comments, and suggestions on the design and facilitation of this highly complex process. (Contact us at

You may also wish to provide feedback to the CIF Administrative Unit, which oversees the CIF observer process and will serve as the primary point of contact throughout the newly selected observers’ terms.


This was the second selection process for non-profit civil society observers to the Climate Investment Funds. RESOLVE provided process design and facilitation for both CIF observer selection processes – once in 2009-2010 for the first pool of CSO observers, and again in 2011-2012 for the newly selected observers.

The CIFs are a pair of funds – the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) – aimed at helping developing countries pilot low-emissions and climate-resilient development. Each fund is governed by a trust fund committee with equal representation from contributor and recipient countries. The CTF trust fund committee oversees the fund’s operations, provides strategic direction, and approves and oversees programming and projects. The SCF trust fund committee advises strategic direction for three targeted programs: (1) the Forest Investment Program (FIP), (2) the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), and (3) the Scaling up Renewable Energy Program (SREP). Each of these programs is governed by its own subcommittee.

The Funds are channeled through five multilateral development banks (MDBs): the African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Bank Group.

Representatives from the Global Environment Facility, United Nations Environment Program, United Nations Development Program, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, civil society, indigenous peoples’ groups, and the private sector are invited to select representatives to participate as active observers in meetings of the CTF Trust Fund Committee, and the three subcommittees of the SCF (FIP, PPCR and SREP).

CIF observers may:

  • Request the floor to speak during committee discussions;
  • Request that CIF committee co-chairs add items to the provisional agenda; and
  • Recommend external experts to speak on a specific agenda item.

CSO Observers have the following responsibilities:

  • Preparing for meetings and gathering input from members of their organization/networks/community on issues scheduled to be discussed at CIF meetings;
  • Taking into account the concerns of the larger civil society community (not only their own organizations/networks/communities)
  • Sharing information and lessons from the meetings with the larger civil society community to whom they are accountable.

Observer positions are volunteer (unpaid) positions. Travel costs for representatives from developing countries to attend CIF Committee meetings may be covered by the budget of the CIF Administrative Unit upon request. Travel costs for developed country observers are covered by the observer organizations.


Click here to review the CSO observer selection criteria, the “Selection Process and Timeline,” and other relevant selection process documents.

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