The sustainability of the Global Forum is ensured through a combination of (1) “intellectual contributions” from intellectual partners; and (2) “financial contributions” from financial partners and sponsors. In order to facilitate the participation of financial partners from developing countries, the minimal threshold for financial contribution has been set at US$250,000 to qualify as financial partner. Occasionally, intellectual partners can sponsor one or more activities with "ad hoc" financial contributions. Financial sponsorship from non-partners are evaluated on a case by case basis.
The commitment to in-kind contributions by intellectual partners facilitates the planning of the agenda. The in-kind contribution may be in the form of:
- Sharing knowledge by contributing to the information communication technology platform with a variety of existing knowledge products (e.g. studies, databases, training material);
- Mobilizing the intellectual partners’ own staff (staff secondment) in pursuit of the objectives of the partnership, and paying for related out-of-pocket expenses;
- Promoting expert meetings, workshops, and/or open training to jointly build technical capacity and strengthen the understanding of global, regional and country legal issues;
- Providing facilities for workshops, conferences or training seminars;
- Providing translations of relevant documents in different local languages for wider dissemination;
- Providing updates in specific areas of national legislation, case law and practice;
- Engaging in studies, research and publications;
- Increasing cooperation on global, regional and country issues, in concert with other interested parties, by developing a shared understanding of key legal development challenges and promoting complementarities and knowledge products;
- Providing support to relevant stakeholders; and
- Providing such other contributions as may be agreed from time to time.
The resources provided by financial partners, sponsors and other supporters aim at ensuring the delivery of knowledge products and the long-term sustainability of the Global Forum,
Funding should be pursued by partners, as well as by co-leaders of the Thematic Working Groups (TWG) and Communities of Practice (CoP) and attached to concrete proposals and deliverables. Funding of Global Forum knowledge products can be provided by partners and non-partners. Preferrably, funding should be channeled via co-leaders that should manage the funding related to their respective knowledge prodcuts, subject to their own rules and procedures. The funding channeled via the World Bank Group can take the form of Externally Financed Outputs (EFOs), subject to applicable rules and procedures of the World Bank.