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Green Climate Fund - Civil Society Readiness: Focus Africa

As of: September 2020

Objective and activities

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has the ambition to become the most important multilateral instrument in climate finance. The project aims to scale-up existing civil society capacities in Africa to advocate for ambitious proposals, bring on-the-ground expertise to the table, help embed GCF-funded activities in broader societal support and increase accountability of national authorities. The project aims to support broader African civil society engagement in the critical early implementation phase of GCF-projects through three work packages: 1. Preparation/testing of readiness materials facilitating civil society engagement; 2. Supporting civil society engagement in key African countries; 3. Sharing of experiences at regional and global scale, supporting expanded civil society engagement in Africa and beyond.

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

Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Senegal

Implementing organisation:
Germanwatch e.V.

Partner institution(s):
  • ABANTU For Development - Ghana, Alliance Marocaine pour le Climat et le Développement Durable - Morocco, Civil Society Network on Climate Change - Malawi, ENDA Energy Environment Development - Senegal, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) - Kenya
  • CARE Deutschland-Luxemburg e.V. - Germany

BMU grant:
1.199.757,00 €

05/2016  till  10/2022



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