"PROFOR appears to occupy a unique funding niche, characterized by its close relationship with World Bank operational departments combined with flexibility, nimbleness and relative autonomy." – Impact Note 1
Since 2002, PROFOR has supported over 100 knowledge activities, focused on four key themes: improving people’s livelihoods through better management of forests and trees; enhancing forest law enforcement and governance; financing sustainable forest management; and coordinating forest policy across sectors.
Our activities contribute to informing forest policy dialogue, strengthening partnerships and building the capacity of forest institutions and stakeholders at the national, regional and international levels.
Some activities have achieved very tangible local impacts, such as improving the way in which timber is tracked (Liberia chain-of-custody system) and logging permits are issued (Guatemala mahogany conversion tables), or identifying areas of forest degradation (Ghana landscape restoration map). Others have changed the way in which multiple partners assess something as fundamental as the relationship between forests and rural incomes (the Poverty-Forests Linkages Toolkit was created by a working partnership between IUCN, ODI, CIFOR, PROFOR and Winrock International).
Each year we report on the impact of our knowledge portfolio and partnership activities in our advisory board meeting documents. The last few years’ main reports are available here:
In addition, we periodically commission several impact evaluations of our program from independent consultants. The last two are available here. A third evaluation focused on the theme of private investment is forthcoming.