How We Work

Facilitating the Development of Partnerships

Partnerships for Forests’ aims to catalyse, facilitate and accelerate change towards sustainable private sector investment, sustainable procurement practices and sustainable supply chains.

We are an incubator. Through grants and technical assistance, we help selected partners move through the stages required to get to market – from idea development and memorandum of understanding (MOU), to business planning, to deal negotiation and piloting, and finally to commercial scale-up.

Partnerships for Forests operates according to a principle of additionality. This means that grants and TA must not substitute or replace organisation’s core funding, or subsidise activities that private sector companies or other partners should undertake themselves.

Instead, they must lead to outcomes that may have not have happened without the programme’s involvement. Grants and TA must support new or innovative projects that catalyse investment and develop knowledge in the form of new tools, techniques, lessons, or models.

Partnerships for Forest’s Grants and TA will provide support across the three programme areas: Forest Partnerships; enabling conditions; and demand-side measures.

Applying for Support

The programme solicits ideas for partnerships and projects through calls for concepts, expressions of interest and direct solicitation.

The programme is designed to be flexible. Calls for concepts may be targeted towards particular commodity chains or areas of opportunity. They will also be issued as needed to build and balance the pipeline of partnerships.

Partnerships for Forests will announce each call for concepts on this website and provide the eligibility and selection criteria specific for that call.

Using criteria agreed with the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Partnerships for Forests team will review these concepts and present them to DFID for decision on which proposals receive grants and technical assistance.

A Partnerships for Forests Journey

The following graphic shows how the programme could help take an innovative partnership idea towards a viable investment proposition.

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