Green Climate Fund (GCF), Pan African Climate Justice Alliance spearhead meet in Mali

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Structured Dialogue with Africa is taking place in Bamako  Mali from the 3rd to the 6th of April 2018.

Structured dialogues have the ambition to facilitate understanding of its work among various stakeholders, majorly eligible countries and accelerate engagement of countries with the GCF.

This engagement organized by the Fund and in collaboration with the Government of Mali is the second of its kind here in Africa within GCF’s mandate following adoption of GCF Strategic Plan and Board decisions in 2016 to undertake Structured Dialogues with Regions.

The four-day gathering provides civil society organizations an opportunity to further interrogate the impediments to accessing GCF financing noting the African context and represent peoples’ voice during the dialogue. Challenges include capacity of African countries to deliver concrete projects through their national institutions, nonexistence of quality and robust project pipeline and challenges within country-level coordination of GCF engagement.

These challenges have resulted to more than 75% of existing GCF funded projects being from regional and international accredited entities. Africa’s GCF funded projects are presently 25 out of which 6 projects are by National Accredited Entities and the remaining are by regional / international accredited entities. Only 2 projects are by regional and international accredited entity respectively that are African entities.
Stakeholders convening for the dialogue include senior government officials such as African Ministers, National Designated Authorities(NDAs) and Focal Points representatives, Readiness Delivery partners, Accredited Entities, CSOs, private sector GCF Board Members and Secretariat staff.

Within this reality, civil society in Africa will seek to inform discussions by providing  practical insights informed by climate financing experiences at national, regional and international levels to facilitate enhancing of Africa’s capacity to benefit from GCF financing.

The first Structured Dialogue with Africa held in Cape Town South Africa in October 2016, enhanced African countries’ engagement with the GCF resulting into development and approval of some bankable and concrete proposal.   This second structured dialogue provides a platform for exchange learning among stakeholders with the aim of improving quality of programming process resulting into projects that reflect the Fund’s investment criteria and a robust pipeline of Funding proposals.