Welcome to CARE’s Green Climate Fund Learning Journey 2021!

This training will increase your knowledge on the Green Climate Fund (GCF), critical aspects relevant to GCF, help participants develop the skills required to engage on the GCF in advocacy and monitoring efforts in their countries or internationally, and obtain a better understanding of the provisions and possibilities for designing GCF projects and programmes.

This Learning Journey will run from 18th October 2021 to 20th  February 2022.  


Enroll by completing this application form and make payment by 6th October 2021 to secure your place.

For questions, see our FAQ or reach out to Hayley and Aya at climateandresilience-academy@careinternational.org. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Who can enroll?

We aim to make the CARE Climate and Resilience Academy as inclusive as possible. This training is open to development and humanitarian practitioners from all types of organizations or institutions who would like to be better equipped to apply for GCF funding and implement successful GCF projects and programmes. Applicants should however: 

  • Have a basic knowledge of climate change. 
  • Be able to commit the equivalent of 2 days a month for the course duration, and be willing and able to be an active participant and complete assignments on time. 
  • Have a good understanding of/be able to communicate in English. 
  • Have access to reliable enough internet in order to complete the course. 

Please note that two-thirds of the available spaces will be allocated to African Civil Society Organizations as a priority, on a first come first served basis. The remaining one-third of places will be allocated for non-African Civil Society Organisations on a first come first served basis.  

This year priority is being given to African Civil Society due to the course being developed with financial support from the German Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) as part of the project “GCF CSO Readiness – focus Africa – Phase II”.

Your ‘first come first served’ place will be secured on receipt of your payment.

What is the course format?

The e-learning journey consists of live classroom lessons with your fellow participants, led by climate change policy experts and blended with other learning resources: videos, quizzes, podcasts, key readings or online courses. 

What will I learn?

By the end of the training, you will be able to: 

  1. Understand the background and basics of GCF and its unique role. 
  2. Know the particular aspects of GCF project proposals and how to develop proposals in line with the GCF investment criteria for better sustainability and results.  
  3. Use the acquired knowledge to engage on the GCF, for example through advocacy,  monitoring or exploring the design of GCF programmes and know ways to approach your government or accredited entities to consider your ideas in submissions to the GCF.    


  • Welcome 
  • Introduction to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) 
  • GCF structures at international & national level  
  • GCF’s approach to gender and social inclusion 
  • The GCF project pipeline – developing and implementing funding proposals
  • Monitoring and evaluating GCF-funded projects and programmes
  • Mobilising funds for the GCF
  • Wrap up 

How much time do I need to give?

The Green Climate Fund Learning Journey is an 18-week online training course, with applied assignments where you exercise what you have learnt.  

It is designed to be compatible with individuals already working full-time, as it only requires a time commitment of 2 days per month. 

A new module will open every two weeks. You will be able to progress through each 2-week module at your own pace, completing required reading and assignments by the end of the 2-week period before the next module opens. Please note that there will be five live webinars held during the training. These will run between 1.5 – 2 hours. Please save the date for these as follows: 

  • Thursday 28 October 2021 (Welcome) 
  • Thursday 25 November 2021 (Intro GCF & Structures) 
  • Thursday 6 January 2022 (Gender & Proposals) 
  • Thursday 3 February 2022 (Monitoring, Evaluation & Mobilising Funds) 
  • Thursday 17 February 2022 (Wrap up) 

Will I get a certificate?

At the end of the course, you will get a certificate if you have successfully completed all the assignments and quizzes, have participated in at least half of the live webinars, and gather at least 80% of the total points available throughout the training. This will be based on your participation, for instance, and the number of assignments uploaded. 

Who are some of the facilitators?

Marlene Nyanserema Achoki

Marlene is CARE CCRP team’s Global Climate Policy Co-Lead. She worked with CARE in 2017 and 2018 as CARE Kenya’s Green Climate Fund Advocacy Officer. Over the past years, she acted as a regional facilitator for an international training programme on climate change mitigation and adaptation, hosted by the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institution. Also, Marlene worked with ChristianAid in Masabit County in Kenya as a Climate Change and Governance Officer, and she was employed by the Institute of Environment and Water Management in Kenya during which she worked on the Adaptation Learning Programme.

Sven Harmeling

Sven is one of the facilitators of this Learning Journey. He is responsible for developing and coordinating CARE’s advocacy and policy work relating to climate change (particularly in regard to global UN climate change policy processes), assisting CARE offices in climate-related advocacy as well as considering climate change in CARE’s overall advocacy work. His key areas of work include adaptation, loss and damage, climate finance (including the Adaptation Fund and the Green Climate Fund).

Titilope Akosa

Ms. Akosa is the Executive Director of Centre for 21st Century Issues (C21st), a NonGovernmental Organisation based in Nigeria. She is a lawyer, gender and climate expert, and the Anglophone Africa Green Climate Fund Gender Monitor.

How much does it cost?

18-week online e-learning training course 600 EUR 

There will be a 20% discount on all Learning Journeys for local governments or local civil society organizations from the Global South. If this applies to you, please contact Hayley Capp (Capp@careinternational.org) with evidence of your local status to receive your discount code and specific payment link. 

There is a waived fee for local NGOs involved as implementing partners in the GCF CSO Readiness project, please contact Hayley Capp (capp@careinternational.org) if this applies to you and complete the application form.

Enroll by completing this application form and make payment by 6th October 2021 to secure your place.

Still have questions?

Please reach out to Hayley and Aya at climateandresilience-academy@careinternational.org.

The learning course is being developed with financial support from the German Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) based on a decision by the German Bundestag, as part of the project “GCF CSO Readiness – focus Africa – Phase II” under the International Climate Initiative (IKI).