Country readiness

GCF's Readiness Programme provides financial resources to help NDAs and Direct Access Entities efficiently engage with GCF.

Overview of the Readiness Programme

The Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme (the Readiness Programme) is a funding programme to enhance country ownership and access to GCF.

This strategic priority for GCF provides resources for strengthening the institutional capacities of National Designated Authorities (NDAs) or focal points and Direct Access Entities to efficiently engage with GCF. It also assists countries in undertaking adaptation planning and developing strategic frameworks to build their programming with GCF.

Resources may be provided in the form of grants or technical assistance.

All developing countries can access the Readiness Programme, and GCF aims that at least 50 per cent of the readiness support available goes to particularly vulnerable countries, including Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and African States.

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As of 29 Jan 2020

Available funding

The Readiness programme can provide:

Up to USD 1 million per country per year

Within this amount, NDAs/FPs may request up to USD 300,000 per year to help establish or strengthen a NDA or focal point to deliver on the Fund’s requirements. A maximum of USD 100,000 can be used for NDA-led stakeholder meetings

Up to USD 3 million per country for NAPs

Up to USD 3 million per country is available for the formulation of National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and/or other adaptation planning processes by NDAs or focal points. This support can facilitate the development of NAPs, which set national priorities for measures to address adaptation to climate change.

Funding for national or regional organisations

GCF can provide capacity building for national or regional organisations (Direct Access Entities) that are nominated by their local NDAs. Support can be provided to enhance the ability of an entity to seek accreditation with the Fund, including for the fast-track accreditation process (pre-accreditation support).

GCF Readiness support is essential in supporting the stakeholder consultation, technical analysis and design that underpins any good project proposal.

Jesse Benjamin, Director General of the Ministry of Climate Change, Vanuatu

Areas of support

The Programme aims to support five outcomes connected to the Programme objectives: strengthening country capacity, engaging stakeholders in consultative processes, realising direct access, providing access to finance, and mobilising the private sector. These outcomes are contained in Section 2 of the Readiness and Preparatory Support Proposal Template (logical framework).

Support list

This can include providing support for building the capacity of developing country NDAs or focal points. Outcomes can include strengthened coordination mechanisms led by the NDA or focal point, establishing ‘no objection’ procedures to guarantee country ownership of GCF climate projects, as well as ensuring the monitoring, oversight and streamlining of climate finance.

The Programme can support the development of stakeholder engagement processes in relation to country priorities. This can include support for the development of a country programme that identifies strategic priorities for engagement with GCF, and annual reviews of the GCF portfolio for that country.

The Programme supports activities to support Direct Access Entities including: the accreditation of Direct Access Entities, post-accreditation support to build capacity, and the development of work programmes for accredited entities.

Readiness support is also available to help national and regional entities with in-depth assessments of their institutional capacity, fiduciary, Environmental and Social Safeguards (ESS) and gender standards to meet the GCF accreditation standards. The GCF Secretariat has developed a roster of institutions that can provide technical and capacity-building support on ESS and gender.

GCF has signed a service contract with PwC, a consultancy firm, to provide technical assistance to Direct Access Entities wishing to seek GCF accreditation. This support can be provided in any region, and NDAs can access this to ensure delivery of a package of support to Direct Access Entities. Outputs from the package will include the creation of an in-depth assessment of the entity, followed by support to create an action plan to help them get ready to apply for GCF accreditation.

The Programme can realise outcomes linked to achieving access to climate finance in developing countries. This might include supporting outcomes such as ensuring that country programmes implement high-impact priorities identified in Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and other national strategies, and ensuring the alignment of funding proposals, including for adaptation, with country priorities.

Support can also cover measures to crowd in private and capital market financing for the implementation of country programmes, and enabling private sector participation in public-private partnerships. Outcomes may include engaging the private sector in country consultative processes, approving private sector funding proposals, and creating enabling environments for private sector investments.