Our approach for engaging with our public sector partners

More than just money

Our approach—outcome over income—emphasizes the importance of delivering large-scale impacts for environment. Our engagement with our partners is not just about getting money for WWF projects, but leveraging far greater sums for conservation worldwide. Of course, financing ambitious environmental programmes delivers impacts, but but our partnerships don't stop there.

The Critical Friend

We position ourselves as the "critical friend", helping partner institutions improve their practices and deliver better. We provide our partners with trusted, solution-oriented support, and push our them to do more for the environment; everything from improving the environmental safeguards on loans they give, to providing them with expertise on greening large-scale infrastructure projects. And ultimately, we hold our partners accountable for the commitments they make.


Working as One

The world is rapidly changing-and we need to change with it. This is why WWF emphasizes large-scale programmatic work, and why we focus on increased coordination and collaboration. This enables us to reach across scales, actors and sectors- and ultimately upscale our impact.

Through a network of over fifty dedicated staff, we maintain relationships with over thirty public sector finance institutions, and ensure that public funds are properly managed on the ground.

The Public Sector Partnerships Centre of Development, based in WWF International, serves as the coordination point for WWF's engagement with the public sector and as the information clearinghouse for the WWF network.

Policy in Action: The GEF5 Replenishment

 / ©: Tim Geer
In the lead-up to the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) 5th Replenishment, WWF coordinated a network-wide advocacy effort to ensure both a replenishment that better reflects the needs for environment financing as well as strong policy reforms. Around 20 major WWF offices approached their respective governments.

After a year, these efforts paid off. Last summer, GEF donors endorsed a 54% budget increase for 2010-2014, totalling $4.25 billion in financing for environment issues in developing countries.

As always, our approach was not only about raising money. Equally major policy reforms were adopted, increasing efficiency and accessibility to funds. Most elements adopted were based on initial WWF proposals. GEF council members recognized the positive contribution of WWF in this process.

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