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Exploring Local Access to the Green Climate Fund

Under this project, we developed recommendations for how funding from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and other sources of climate finance could be made more accessible to cities in Asia, e.g. through the creation of Urban Implementing Entities. We also explored how funding could be used to incentivise the deployment of national or sub-national resources such as revenues from fees, local taxes and municipal bonds for urban development projects.

The overall objective was to ensure that the GCF was directly accessible to sub-national stakeholders, including local authorities, civil society organisations and knowledge institutions, so they could design and implement sustainable adaptation strategies. A secondary objective was to support the engagement of interested Southern CSOs with the requisite experience in climate change projects and policies at the local and national level in designing the GCF.

To support the project implementation, we developed action research in three main areas:

  • Key Recommendations – to assure direct local access to the GCF based on an analysis of needs by local actors and lessons to be learned from direct access modalities of existing financing mechanisms;
  • Definition a Joint Policy-Influencing Strategy – with national and local NGOs from developed and developing countries; and
  • Engagement in Policy Dialogues – providing GCF board members and government representatives from developed and developing countries participating in negotiations on the GCF with strategic advice on assuring local access.

Other Details

Start Date:02/01/2015
End Date:11/01/2016
Funded by:CDKN


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