Civil Society Readiness for the Green Climate Fund
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has the ambition to become the most important multilateral instrument in climate finance. Africa will be a focus region for the GCF early on. As it is unlikely that the intended paradigm shift towards low-emissions and climate-resilient economies and societies (GCF founding mandate) can be achieved without broad civil society (CS) engagement, the project seeks to scale-up existing CS capacities to advocate for ambitious proposals, bring on-the-ground expertise to the table, help embed GCF-funded activities in a broader societal support for transformation and increase accountability of national authorities.
The main goal of the project is to increase African CSOs involvement and engagement with the Green Climate Fund (GCF): National CSOs from a targeted number of countries across the African continent will be empowered and strengthened in their role to advocacte towards governments that are developing and implementing GCF-funded projects, and track progress around their implementation.The project aims to support broader African CS engagement in the critical early implementation phase of the GCF beyond existing capacities.
The project’s expected outcome is enhanced capacity among Civil Society Organizations, enabling them to engage in a critical and constructive way with governments and relevant institutions in all 5 focus countries, in neighbouring countries within the region and at the GCF Secretariat/ and GCF Board level.
The project consists of three work packages:
- Preparing/testing readiness materials facilitating CSO engagement;
- Supporting CSO engagement in key African countries (primarily those with early GCF projects);
- Sharing of experiences at regional and global scale supporting expanded CSO engagement in Africa and beyond.