Following the Adaptation Fund into the post-Paris era
As of: January 2021
The Adaptation Fund (AF) is an important instrument that assists especially vulnerable sections of the population in coping with the adverse effects of climate change. The project works to strengthen successful interaction between civil society, governments and the Adaptation Fund, with the aim of improving AF projects as well as AF policies and processes. For partner NGOs in developing economies, support is offered for the realisation of multi-stakeholder processes for adaptation financing and the Adaptation Fund, as well as networking within the Adaptation Fund NGO Network. This constructive transfer of skills and knowledge between civil society and decision-makers in partner countries forms the basis for achieving an improved regional and international adaptation financing strategy that prioritises the needs of especially vulnerable groups. South-South learning effects are also intensified by close regional cooperation.
State of implementation/results
- In October 2018, Germanwatch published the study "The future role of the Adaptation Fund in the international climate finance architecture" (www.germanwatch.org/…). The study contains concrete recommendations for a UNFCCC decision on how the Adaptation Fund (AF) can serve the Paris Convention and further concrete recommendations for the Board of Directors of the Fund (AFB). The project also makes a concrete contribution to the debate on sufficient, sustainable and predictable financing for the AF.
- The work of the AF NGO Network has been strengthened in the course of the project so far. The network has further institutionalised itself during the project period and strengthened its governance structure in terms of transparency and participation. In addition to a decision-making body, the network has also gained about 100 new member organisations during the project's lifetime. Especially Southern NGOs have developed ownership for the network and have been empowered to contribute their local knowledge to recommendations for AFB decisions (e.g. by commenting on AF project proposals).
- The scope of the network has been expanded, including new partner institutions in South America (Ecuador), South Asia (India) and Eastern Europe/Caucasus (Georgia), which are conducting multi-stakeholder dialogues on adaptation financing and the AF in their respective countries/regions and are establishing "regional hubs" of the network.
- The AF NGO network regularly publishes blog articles with local insights and experiences on national AF processes and projects as well as best practice examples in the AF (Link to the blog www.af-network.org/…). The network also sends out a regular newsletter with relevant updates on the AF (Newsletter registration: www.af-network.org/…).
- The AF NGO Network has published a study on "Further Strengthening Civil Society Engagement in the Work of the Adaptation Fund Board" (English: www.af-network.org/… ; French: www.af-network.org/…).
- The AF NGO Network has organized the so-called "civil society dialogue" for the biannual AFB meetings. During this dialogue, Southern NGOs share their experiences of AF processes and projects in their countries with the AFB.
- The AF Secretariat and much of the AFB greatly appreciate the work and recommendations of the AF NGO Network developed with the support of this project. This is also reflected in the discussions and decisions of the AFB.
- Further information on project activities can be found on the AF NGO Network website (www.af-network.org) and on the Twitter channel of the @AF_NGO_Network