“NGO INITIATIVE” MECHANISM
Financing for projects initiated by French CSOs working for international solidarity is based on an annual grant budget allocated by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. It is managed by the CSO Partnership Division in AFD’s Strategy, Partnerships and Communication Department.
This mechanism recognizes the right of initiative and independence of CSOs. Its main objective is to cofinance field projects or programs led by French CSOs, which focus on structuring and building the capacities of local civil society organizations.
It also cofinances actions of general interest conducted by French CSOs, particularly in terms of structuring French associations and development education actions in France.
The eligible CSOs are associations under the Law of 1901 or non-profit associations governed by the Alsace Moselle Law, trade unions under French law (Law of 21 June 1865) conducting development actions, and French non-profit foundations that implement international solidarity actions.
Every year, a call for expressions of project intentions invites CSOs, for two months (May-June), to submit a financing request for the following year. Once their project intention has been preselected, CSOs can submit their project in due course, according to their own timetable.
Two facilities to support CSOs and small-scale projects are supported by AFD.
- The first is managed by the Agency for Micro Projects (for amounts lower than EUR 300,000), which also assists project initiators in preparing, monitoring and evaluating their initiatives. Find out more
- The second is managed by the Forum of Migrant International Solidarity Organizations (FORIM) via the Program to Support Immigrant Communities’ International Solidarity Organizations (PRA/OSIM), which cofinances and supports local development micro-projects led by OSIMs. Find out more
FINANCING OF CSO INITIATIVES BY THE FRENCH FACILITY FOR GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT (FFEM)
The French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM), whose secretariat is managed by AFD, has a mandate to support innovative operations in the fields of climate change, biodiversity, international waters and land degradation.
FFEM focuses on integrated and cross-cutting approaches for all global environmental issues. Its activities give a group of actors – CSOs, research institutes, companies, local authorities – a better understanding of issues that link the environment and development. Within this wide range of development actors, FFEM seeks to strengthen sustainable partnerships between CSOs, donors and governments, as they ensure that the actions it supports are maintained over time.
FOR THE SMALL-SCALE PROJECTS OF AFRICAN CSOs
Through its Small-Scale Initiatives Program (PPI), FFEM supports CSOs in African countries working to protect biodiversity and fight against climate change. In this way, the program contributes to improving the governance of these processes, which gives it significant recognition in the African sphere of conservation.