What is FEMCIDI - FAQs
Plan for Partnership for Development 2002-2005
The acronoym "FEMCIDI"
stands for the Special Multilateral Fund of CIDI. FEMCIDI, as it name implies,
is a fund that was established to finance cooperation projects presented by the
member states. This Fund is composed of the voluntary funds of all the member
states. It is structured according to sectoral accounts that coincide with the
priority areas identified in the current Strategic Plan for Partnership for
Development. The Fund has its own Statutes that regulate its operation.
What are FEMCIDI’s annual
resources for programming?
Since the Fund depends on the
voluntary contributions of the member states, the amount may vary, but in recent
years the figure has totaled between US$ 8-9 million.
How are projects presented to
One of the main objectives of the
Agency is to optimize the programming of available resources for the development
of the member states. With this in mind, a programming cycle has been developed
that is organized in stages.
The first stage in the process is
to present a project
concept, which describes the objective, methodology,
and ability to meet the objective; the contribution the project will make to
regional or national development; and the approximate amount required to finance
the project. The objective of this first stage is to identify those projects
that most significantly contribute to the objectives of the country or region in
question; lay the groundwork for offering technical support for the development
of projects that so require it; and guarantee geographic balance. The deadline
for presenting these profiles is May 31, 2003.
The member states that have
presented profiles with the most promising concepts will be invited to prepare
complete proposals. During this second stage of the programming cycle,
consultations will take place between the proposers of the projects and the IACD
in order to improve the quality of the project, as well as to apply the best
practices and the experience of other national and international organizations.
The third and final stage
consists of a technical evaluation of each project proposal by the Non-Permanent
Specialized Committees (CENPES), groups which are composed of specialists
elected each year to comply with this function, among others.
What are the priority areas
for project financing?
The Strategic Plan for
Partnership for Development 2002-2005, establishes eight priority lines of
action that aim to make a significant impact on the development of the countries
of the region:
- Social development and
generation of productive employment
- Economic diversification and
integration, trade liberalization and market access
- Scientific development, and
exchange and transfer of technology
- Strengthening of democratic
- Sustainable development of
- Sustainable development and
The priority areas in which the
member states present projects should directly relate to the most important
development needs at the national or regional level.
Who may present project
proposals to the IACD?
Institutions pertaining to the
member states may present project proposals. Institutions are defined as legally
recognized public sector entities or non-profit private sector entities.
Institutions that wish to present
projects should contact their respective National
Liaison Office (ONE). The ONE will inform them if their country has
contributed to the FEMCIDI for the current year, inform them of the ONE’s
internal procedures for providing official backing to the proposal, as well as
provide information regarding the instruments and stages needed to formulate
The ONE will send the project
profiles to the Permanent Mission of the OAS of the respective country to be
forwarded to the IACD. The IACD will not accept any project profile that has not
been sent through the Permanent Mission of the OAS or through the channels
officially designated by the respective member state.
What types of projects are
Two types of projects are
financed with FEMCIDI resources: national and multilateral projects. A national
project is classified as one in which only the country proposing the project may
participate. Multilateral projects are those that include the participation of
at least three countries.
Who selects the projects?
The Executive Secretariat of the
Agency receives and reviews all project proposals. It then prepares a
preliminary programming proposal that includes those projects whose technical
merits best contribute to meeting the development needs of the countries. The
Non-Permanent Specialized Committees (CENPES) evaluate the programming proposal
and present their recommendations to the Management Board of the Agency for
What are the criteria used to
The Executive Secretariat, upon
preparing the preliminary programming proposal, verifies that the projects fall
within the priority areas established in the Strategic Plan and that they comply
with the current Selection Criteria. Some of the most important criteria used to
evaluate a project include the proposed length, amount and methods for
evaluating the quality of the project.
What is the duration of the
Projects may be several years in
length (4 year maximum), and will be appproved for the length of time needed to
meet its development objectives. With the new system of multi-year projects, the
IACD hopes to:
- Meet greater development
objectives and provide the opportunity to apply best practices and
experience of other member states
- Ensure that projects have
enough time to be seriously considered to obtain external financing.
Proposals for multi-year projects
should clearly specify the time needed to meet its development objectives as the
projects will not be renewable. Annual budgetary appropriations will be
authorized based on the detailed follow-up of the project’s achievements from
previously determined points of reference.
What is the maximum amount of
resources that can be requested for financing a project?
Up to US$500,000 per year.
What happens once a project is
Once a project is approved, an
Agreement and an execution plan is signed between the Agency and the institution
in charge of executing the project before the project execution begins.
If the project financing is less
that $60,000, the entire amount is disbursed at one payment. If the project
financing is more than $60,000, the amount is disbursed in three installments of
40%, 40% and 20%.
Where can I find additional
information regarding FEMCIDI projects?
The Offices of the OAS General
Secretariat in the member states can provide additional information regarding
the programming cycle of FEMCIDI projects. The regional coordinators within the
Agency may also be contacted directly at:
Central America and North
Costa Rica, Dominican Republic,
El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, United States
Contact: Catherine Pognat email@example.com
MERCOSUR Countries and Chile
Argentina, Brazil, Chile,
Contact: María Teresa Mellenkamp
Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas,
Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and
Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and
Contact: Paloma Adams
Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru,
Contact: María Teresa Mellenkamp