Network Coordination Committee (CC)

The Coordination Committee (CC) is the overall governing body of the GEF-CSO Network. The purpose of this body is to oversee the GEF-CSO Network and its activities. The Coordination Committee is composed of representatives of:

The Network is overseen by a Management Team comprising of a Chair, Vice Chair, Heads of 4 Sub-committees drawn from the Coordination Committee members and the Secretariat.

The Coordination Committee meets twice a year in conjunction with the GEF Council meeting or when required; and conducts its meeting in an orderly manner according to accepted rules of procedure. A Chair and Vice Chair of the Network will be elected from among the Coordination Committee Members. The Chair acts as the leader of the Network and facilitates the meetings of the Coordination Committee.

Network Governance Structure

Management Team

The Management Team comprises of the Chair, Vice-Chair and the Head of the four Sub-committees.

Chair and Vice Chair

The Coordination Committee elects two of the RFPs / IPFPs  to function as the Chair / Vice Chair. The work of the Coordination Committee is facilitated by a Chair, elected for a 2 year term from among the members of the Coordination Committee. The Chair will be assisted by an elected Vice Chair as well as the  heads of the four Network sub-committees.

Sub-Committees and Task Forces

Sub committees are established by the Coordination Committee to assist with its work or undertake work between meetings.   The main sub committees are as follows:

  1. Governance, Membership and Elections Sub-Committee
  2. Outreach, Communication and Capacity Development Sub-Committee
  3. Strategy and Planning Sub-Committee
  4. Technical Sub-Committee

Regional Focal Points

The members of the Network in each region elect a member CSO to act as a representative, called a Regional Focal Point (RFP). The elected CSO designates a senior individual to represent it at meetings of the Coordination Committee and other functions. The RFP may also appoint another alternative representative in case the main representative is unable to attend a given meeting. 

The RFPs represent their regions in the Coordination Committee and are considered the formal representative of the GEF-CSO Network in their respective regions.

Indigenous Peoples Focal Points

Three Focal Points (IPFP) representing indigenous people’s organizations are appointed or elected  by Indigenous peoples’ groups from three main regions – Asia Pacific, Africa and the Americas.


The Network is supported by the GEF CSO Secretariat. The role of the Secretariat is to support the work of the Network both at the time of CC and GEF council meetings as well as between meetings.