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Institutionalization of CSO engagement in the Adaptation Fund

As of: December 2021

The Adaptation Fund (AF) is an important instrument that assists especially vulnerable population groups in coping with the adverse effects of climate change. The project aims to strengthen the international adaptation finance landscape through enhanced and sustainable civil society engagement in climate finance generally and more specifically in the AF. The established AF NGO Network shall serve as a permanent legitimate and transparent mechanism through which civil society can have a voice and contribute to improving the AF and its policies, programs and projects. The activities in this project thus focus on raising Southern CSOs awareness on their opportunities to engage in the AF, creating a solid governance structure as well as a strategy to obtain financial sustainability. South-South learning effects are intensified through consolidated regional hubs which ensures effective communication with the broader CSO community, empowering their active engagement in the Network.
Predecessor project(s)
Participation and transparent structures in the post-2015 adaptation architecture

State of implementation/results

  • In October 2018, Germanwatch published the study "The future role of the Adaptation Fund in the international climate finance architecture" (…). 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…). The network also sends out a regular newsletter with relevant updates on the AF (Newsletter registration:…).
  • The AF NGO Network has published a study on "Further Strengthening Civil Society Engagement in the Work of the Adaptation Fund Board" (English:… ; French:…).
  • 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 ( and on the Twitter channel of the @AF_NGO_Network

Project data


Implementing organisation:
Germanwatch e.V.

BMU grant:
1.288.745,00 €

05/2017  till  04/2022



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