Countries (Participants)

The GEF has 183 member countries. In the Instrument, GEF member countries are referred to as Participants. In general terms there are developed and developing Participants in the GEF. They are represented on the GEF Council by 32 Constituencies (14 for developed countries, 16 for developing countries and 2 for economies in transition) each one having a Council Member and an Alternate Council member. Representative of all member countries meet every four years during the GEF Assembly.

Please check out our Country Profiles section to get information about the following topic:

  • GEF Constituencies
  • GEF Council and Alternate Members
  • GEF Operational and Political Focal Points
  • GEF Accredited NGOS
  • STAR GEF-5 Allocations
  • RAF GEF-4 Allocations and Utilization
  • Approved Projects and Projects Under Preparation



Both developed and developing countries are donors to the GEF Trust Fund. Since its inception the GEF has received contributions from 39 donor countries. At the last replenishment 30 countries pledged a record US$4.43 billion for the GEF-6 period that runs from 2014 to 2018.

List of donors

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bangladesh
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Czech Rep.
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea, Rep. of
  • Luxembourg
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Portugal
  • Slovak Rep.
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • United States





Recipient Countries

Developing countries and countries with economies in transition are recipients of GEF support. Through the projects they undertake, these countries achieve global environmental benefits and fulfill their commitments under the main environmental conventions as well as in the field of International Waters.

Each country is represented at the GEF Council through its Council Members & Alternates and manage its GEF portfolio and relationship with the GEF Secretariat through the Focal Points.