The CIF was established in 2008 following an intensive, multi-stakeholder design process. It embodies a model of equitable governance that fosters participation, partnership, and transparent decision making. Arrangements includes equal representation of donor and recipient countries, consensus decision making, and active observer status for private sector, civil society, and indigenous peoples representatives. The two trust funds that comprise the CIF, the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and Strategic Climate Fund (SCF), are each governed by a committee that
oversees and decides on operations and activities. The SCF further designates sub-committees to govern its three targeted programs: the Forest Investment Program (FIP), Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), and Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program in Low Income Countries (SREP). Committee and sub-committee decisions on CIF investment plan endorsement and project funding can be found on the specific country/region pages and project pages of this website. Policy decisions are compiled in the CIF Decision Tracker database.
Equal number of representatives from donor and recipient countries serve as decision-making members of CIF Trust Fund Committees and Sub-Committees. Official Observers from stakeholder groups also have an important voice, advocating on behalf of their constituents and ensuring transparency and efficient use of resources. The MDB Committee, Trustee, and CIF Administrative Unit support the work of the governing bodies by providing recommendations and reporting on operational, financial, and administrative matters and facilitating meetings, communications, and other services.
"The CIF makes an effort to provide the means necessary to encourage transparency and good governance. This is accomplished through the involvement of all the stakeholders—civil society, local communities, private sector, MDBs, donor and recipient countries—and it is what enables us to take ownership of the CIF."