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Green Climate Fund

Civil Society Organizations Readiness for the Green Climate Fund– focus Africa

Date: to be determined

CARE Kenya, Dadaab Refugee Camp


The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is the most important multilateral instrument in climate finance.


As it is unlikely that the GCF intended paradigm shift towards low-emissions and climate-resilient economies and societies (GCF founding mandate) can be achieved without broad civil society engagement, the project aims to scale-up existing CSO capacities and build CSO roles to advocate for ambitious proposals in the areas of mitigation and adaptation/disaster risk reduction/resilience, bring on-the-ground CSO expertise and knowledge to the table of discussion (GCF Board, regional and national processes), help embed GCF-funded activities in a broader societal support for transformation, and increase accountability and transparency of national authorities and implementing actors of GCF activities through participatory monitoring and evaluation led by CSOs.


The project is implemented in 10 countries: Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Senegal, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Madagascar and Namibia.

The overall goal of the project is that the sustained capacities and expertise among African CSOs in the 10 focus countries contribute to their long-term engagement in the GCF processes within established national structures where they play critical, constructive and meaningful roles to advocate for transformative GCF-funded activities and policy frameworks and hold implementing actors and partners to account. 

The four specific project objectives aim to:

  1. Build CSO roles to advocate for ambitious GCF funding proposals in the areas of mitigation and adaptation/disaster risk reduction.

  2. Bring on-the-ground civil society expertise and knowledge to the table of discussion (GCF Board, national dialogues and processes);

  3. Increase accountability and transparency of national authorities and implementing actors of GCF activities through participatory monitoring.

  4. Help embed GCF-funded activities in a broader societal support and acceptance for transformation.

Target Group



Civil society at national level (in particular CSO networks with broader reach), which will be supported to proactively engage with governments, implementing entities and national stakeholders.



Local or affected communities and respective representatives (in countries with concrete GCF funding proposals and already approved projects and programmes).



Civil society as well as governments, implementing entities and GCF stakeholders at regional and continental levels.


In addition,

the project will target broader civil society internationally, which will be informed about and benefit from the project, as well as media (especially in Africa, like for example, the Pan African Media Alliance for Climate Change - PAMACC) and members from governments and implementing entities, the GCF Secretariat, readiness providers/experts and GCF Board members (in particular from Africa).


Target Impacts 

Long-term results

The project should contribute to identify transformative ideas that are turned into  GCF-funded activities and which can achieve their greatest possible transformative  effect, in line with the national and regional climate change and sustainable development priorities and strategies across the 10 focus countries and neighboring countries in Africa. To enable such a transformation, CSOs play a crucial, critical, constructive and meaningful role in promoting wider awareness and societal acceptance of transformation under the GCF.


Once empowered with sustained capacities, knowledge and expertise, civil society actors fully engage in a long-term manner and within established structures (CSO platforms, NDA/AE technical groups, etc.) in national, regional and international GCF processes. Through participatory monitoring led by citizens and CSOs, the GCF-funded activities have contributed to the Fund’s objectives in the focus countries in line with their national priorities and strategies (NAPs, NDCs). Robust results that demonstrate a real paradigm shift towards lowcarbon emissions and climate- and disaster-resilient development pathways are achieved with the contributions of CSO actors who hold to account the national, regional and international implementing actors and institutions of GCF-financed activities.


This will include bringing in local knowledge from project partners and targeted communities with regards to concrete project needs observations as well from CSO monitoring into GCF implementation through various tools used. The project should, therefore, strengthen in the long-term the capacities of civil society in a way that permits to carry out their roles well and that increases probability that GCF projects and programmes are really enabled to unfold their transformative effects in Africa. In that way, the project also secures sustainability and multiplier effect in the 10 focus countries and in neighboring countries, even after termination of ICI funding support.


 Program Manager:  Marlene Achoki

 Email:  Coming soon

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