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Green Climate Fund - Civil Society Readiness: Focus Africa

As of: December 2020

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is the most important multilateral instrument for climate financing and focuses its support on the least developed countries, small island states, and African states. The project enhances existing capacities of African civil society to improve the quality of the GCF project proposals submitted, bringing in on-the-ground expertise and enabling the participatory monitoring of GCF projects. Project activities include, among other things, the organisation of webinars and workshops as well as the preparation of handouts. The project further promotes networking to strengthen the high-level involvement of civil society stakeholders in key African countries. Moreover, the expansion of civil society engagement is encouraged through an exchange of experience at the regional and global levels. The project thus helps embedding GCF-funded activities in a broader societal support for a transformation towards a low-emission and climate-resilient society.

State of implementation/results

  • New fact sheet, prepared with a focus on the engagement of civil society organizations with the GCF (, presented and well received at the 22nd GCF Board Meeting.
  • The GCFWatch portal has been improved and updated after its operationalization:
  • Articles on "Preparing the actors of African civil society for participation in the Green Climate Fund (GCF)" ( climate-fund-gcf /) and "The Green Climate Fund and Civil Society Engagement and Participation, a Case of Uganda" (… and-civil-society-engagement-and-participation-a-case-of-uganda /) were created.
  • Several project partners actively participated in the UNFCCC COP 24 in December 2018.
  • Attendance of representatives of the African civil society at the 21st and 22nd meetings of the GCF Board.
  • Participation of project partners at the "Structured Dialogue with Africa" ​​of the GCF (3 to 6 April 2018) on increased participation of African countries in the GCF.
  • One-day workshop previously to the Africa Climate Week in Accra, Ghana on "Green Climate Fund & NDC Implementation in Africa" ​​to enhance the understanding of civil society's role in the GCF.

Project data

Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Morocco, Namibia, Senegal

Implementing organisation:
Germanwatch e.V.

Partner institution(s):
  • Diverse climate change relevant institutions in the respective partner countries/Diverse klimarelevante Institutionen in den entsprechenden Partnerländern
  • CARE Deutschland-Luxemburg e.V. - Germany

BMU grant:
2.896.663,00 €

05/2016  till  10/2022



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