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Learning Partnership on the Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

The Forest Investment Program (FIP), a program under the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), provides indispensable investments to benefit forests, development and the climate.


The funds are managed by a number of multilateral development banks, including the World Bank, and house the Dedicated Grant Mechanism (DGM) – a unique window for funding stakeholders in selected FIP countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The DGM supports Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) to take action to reduce deforestation and forest degradation. The mechanism is intended to ensure that FIP is attuned to local interests and able to create change from the ground up.

Our role

Itad provides the CIF Evaluation and Learning (E&L) Initiative with real-time research, evaluation and learning services on the early implementation of the DGM.

The Itad-led team of researchers, evaluators and forestry experts is working closely with the CIF E&L Initiative to deliver a formative evaluation and establish an on-going Learning Partnership.

Our approach

To generate active engagement and provide direction and coherence to the evaluative research, we apply an Institutional Histories approach. The evaluation process involves building an institutional picture using a range of learning methods, such as River of Life narratives, After-Action Reviews and Peer Assists.

Itad’s approach in developing evidence with and for the Learning Partnership will be an iterative process of question development, reaction, research, reaction and amendment. As this process progresses, it will be channelled into a selection of case studies, learning papers and a complete picture of the Institutional History of the DGM, to draw recommendations for its implementation.


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Team members
Ben Murphy