Experience has shown that SGP approach has been more successful than the conventional development programs and projects because, the SGP approach is demand-driven (based on community and NGO needs and aspirations), sustainable (as it includes ecological, economic and socio-cultural aspects), focused on capacity building (awareness raising and training are an integral part of project activities) and operates as a network (including key stakeholders).
While in a conventional development project, the approach is supply-driven (projects and budgets are approved in advance and at government level), projects are sectoral (promoting only one sector of economy such as agriculture, fisheries, forestry, etc.), top-down (communities are not involved in decision-making), with a short and discontinued impact.


SGP provides support to enhance and strengthen the capacity of communities and civil society organizations to address global environmental challenges. Community-level capacity development activities has been supported under OP5, OP6 and OP7, in alignment with the GEF focal area strategies. For more information click here.


Social inclusion

During the reporting period, SGP continued to undertake targeted efforts to support greater social inclusion of marginalized groups, including women, Indigenous Peoples, youth, and persons with disabilities.

Livelihoods and sustainability

Improving livelihoods is a core strategy of SGP’s approach in addressing global environmental issues. It creates an incentive for improved environmental management and reduces pressure on natural resources. The following represents the proportion of projects that used strategies to improve livelihoods:

Broader adoption Scaling up and replication

SGP encourages replication and scaling up of good results and measures that have a strong impact, including influencing of relevant policies at the national, regional, and global levels.