In light of the projected increase in climate finance in the next years ahead, including the Green Climate Fund, opportunities are available for countries to directly access and deliver climate finance. ”Direct access” to international climate financing allows developing countries greater ownership and control over national climate-related decision-making. This country-driven approach ensures that climate change policies and strategies are effectively aligned with national development priorities, allowing partner countries to prioritize and allocate resources, identify relevant risks and measures, and ensure activities are fully integrated into national development strategies.

As a new way of doing business in climate change, it is important to lay the groundwork for direct access, through the development of robust national systems that meet international standards and effective quality assurance, governance and accountability systems that contribute to successful results.

Development Connect’s clients recognize that capacities to effectively access, manage, programme, implement, monitor and report on climate finance will be critical factors to effectively address climate change and hence Development Connect offers the following services:

  • Guidance for general understanding of direct access: information on roles/responsibilities and requirements for selection and accreditation;
  • Scanning/mapping of national climate change institutional arrangements: roles/responsibilities of climate change stakeholders, existing coordination mechanisms for climate-related decision-making, and whether climate change is mainstreamed into national policies and strategies;
  • Identification of capacity gaps in climate change institutional arrangements and formulation of a capacity development plan, utilizing a climate change institutional capacities assessment tool to engage stakeholders in a self-assessment of the key areas of institutional capacities (including mainstreaming gender), leading to the design of a strategy;
  • Identification of capacity gaps for accreditation and design of a capacity action plan utilizing an assessment tool to engage the country/partner candidate in a self-assessment of accreditation capacities;
  • Support for program development and resource mobilization and roll-out of capacity assessment and capacity development plans;
  • Targeted project cycle management support: identification, formulation and implementation of new climate change (adaptation, mitigation) projects.