The primary goals of the GEF Country Support Programme (CSP) are (i) to provide flexible support to countries, particularly their focal points, to build capacity to work with the GEF Agencies and Secretariat in order to set priorities and to program GEF resources, and (ii) to improve coordination between ministries and stakeholders at the national level and to facilitate input from key non-governmental stakeholders.
CSP is funded completely from a special allocation in the GEF Secretariat budget decided by the GEF Council. The GEF Country Support Programme is managed by the External Affairs team at the GEF Secretariat.
The CSP has seven distinct components:
1. National Portfolio Formulation Exercise (NPFE)
2. Multi-stakeholder dialogues
3. Expanded constituency workshops
4. Constituency meetings/Council Member support
5. Direct support to operational focal points
6. Knowledge management
7. Familiarization seminars
The GEF has posted on-line a toolkit is to provide a practical guide for GEF Focal Points, and the staff they are working with, that will help them access the various resources available through the CSP. This toolkit is divided into two parts: the first part describes in more detail the different components of the CSP. The second one provides resources and templates related to each component of the CSP. Please download the toolkit at: http://www.thegef.org/gef/sites/thegef.org/files/publication/CSP%20Toolkit.pdf