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.
Both developed and developing countries are donors to the GEF Trust Fund. Since its inception the GEF has received contributions from 40 donor countries.
List of donors
Developing countries and countries with economies in transition are recipients of GEF support. The Country Profiles section details project financing for all recipient countries. 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.