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FEMCIDI

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What is FEMCIDI?

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 the IACD?

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
  • Education
  • Economic diversification and integration, trade liberalization and market access
  • Scientific development, and exchange and transfer of technology
  • Strengthening of democratic institutions
  • Sustainable development of tourism
  • Sustainable development and the environment
  • Culture

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 project proposals.

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 financed?

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 final approval.

What are the criteria used to select projects?

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?

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 approved?

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 America

Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, United States

Contact: Catherine Pognat cpognat@iacd.oas.org

MERCOSUR Countries and Chile

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay

Contact: María Teresa Mellenkamp

Carribean Countries

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 Tobago

Contact: Paloma Adams

Andean Countries

Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela

Contact: María Teresa Mellenkamp

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