Governance

AT THE GLOBAL LEVEL:

The EIF governance structure consists of a global group for transparency (the Steering Committee), a decision-making body (the EIF Board) and an implementing arm (the EIF Executive Secretariat).

The Steering Committee reviews the overall effectiveness of the partnership, including the performance of all partners, and ensures transparency of EIF processes. The body is made up of all LDCs, all EIF Donors, the EIF Core Agencies, and, ex officio, the Executive Secretariat, Trust Fund Manager and others granted observer status by the EIF Board.

The EIF Board is the strategic body for the programme and provides support, operational and financial oversight, and policy direction. It delegates management decisions under specified objectives and mandates to the Executive Secretariat's Executive Director, who is accountable to the Board. The Board is made up of three capitol‑based LDC representatives, three EIF Donor representatives, and, ex officio, members from EIF Core and Observer Agencies, the Executive Director and the TFM Executive Officer.

The Executive Secretariat, administratively housed at the WTO, works in support of the programme together with the Trust Fund Manager.

AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL:

  • The national EIF Focal Point leads the EIF process in‑country. They are a senior government official appointed by the LDC and supported by a National Implementation Unit embedded in the government structure. The national team is responsible for timely, efficient and effective delivery of projects and for championing the trade agenda with the Focal Point and the Ministry.

  • The EIF Donor Facilitator works with the Focal Point to facilitate donor coordination and donor‑government dialogue on trade issues. They are a representative from a donor active in supporting the LDC's trade agenda and is selected by the government and other donors.

  • The EIF National Steering Committee is a national consultative and coordinative mechanism on trade, based on a broad representation by high-level officials, making it the national forum for trade dialogue. It comprises an Aid for Trade steering committee that includes EIF projects, with technical representation enabling the monitoring and implementation of projects.