Real-time evaluation of Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative. Empowerment of indigenous peoples and forest dependent local communities through support to civil society organisations

Real-time evaluation of Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative. Empowerment of indigenous peoples and forest dependent local communities through support to civil society organisations

The Terms of References (ToR) of the present evaluation have the following objectives:

  • To determine to what extent Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) allocations have lead to the empowerment of indigenous peoples (IPs) and other forest dependent communities (FDCs), and
  • To assess the resulting outcomes of NICFI funding in terms of forest conservation and improvements in livelihoods of the IP and other FDCs who live off, in, and around tropical rainforests.


The evaluation selected a sample of thirteen interventions funded by NICFI in key partner countries (Brazil, Indonesia and Peru) between 2009 and 2016. This included 11 funded under the Civil Society Grant Mechanism managed by the Civil Society Department in Norad (CSD Rounds I-III), one funded by the Amazon Fund in Brazil and an assessment of the UNDP/UN-REDD programme’s support to IPs and FDCs in Indonesia). The selection was discussed and agreed with NICFI and Norad staff. The field visits to the above-mentioned countries took place between November and December 2016.

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