The toolkit is published by a civil society consortium for stakeholders interested to engage with the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

For developing countries, adaptation to climate change and the realisation of low carbon economic growth is vital for achieving sustainable development. Within countries, the most vulnerable communities are in urgent need for financial support to build resilience against current and future impacts of climate change. The Green Climate Fund (GCF), which hereafter will be mentioned as the ‘fund’, is one of the primary funding institutions of the international climate finance architecture under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement. Designed to support significant efforts to address climate change mitigation and adaptation, the GCF started funding projects and programmes in developing countries around the world in 2015.

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Engaging with the Green Climate Fund

A Civil Society Toolkit

Why a toolkit on civil society readiness for the GCF?

Encouraging as well as building civil society readiness for the GCF has emerged as a necessary step in contributing to a successful fund. This toolkit aims to provide civil society actors and their organisations, as well as any other stakeholders interested in the GCF, with relevant information, knowledge, and guidance on how to get involved with the fund.

The first and second chapters provide an overview of the GCF as well as the possibilities for CSO engagement. The third one gives a detailed introduction into the main structures and policies of the institution, while the remaining chapters focus on the functioning of the project and programme elaboration, planning, implementation and monitoring cycle under the GCF.

Throughout the toolkit, several examples of practical tools and case studies from civil society actors engaging in climate change and climate finance around the globe, are showcased in order to inspire and encourage CSOs in their engagement with the GCF at various levels.