Community of Practice for Direct Access Entities


The Community of Practice for Direct Access Entities (CPDAE) is a community made up of the accredited National Implementing Entities (NIEs) of the Adaptation Fund (AF) which pioneered Direct Access and the accredited Direct Access Entities (DAEs) of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Its aim is to provide an avenue for knowledge exchange, learning and experience sharing, collaboration and peer support within the community of NIEs and DAEs to increase the effectiveness of entities in accessing resources and implementing adaptation and mitigation projects and programs through direct access. This is expected to further enhance national capacities and country ownership for adaptation and mitigation of adverse climate change effects. The idea of establishing a community of practice for Direct Access entities originated from the entities themselves with support initially from the AF. Over time, the community evolved into an initiative established independently by accredited NIEs of the AF, and later included also GCF accredited DAEs. The CPDAE is wholly led and driven by members of the community.

The CPDAE held its first face to face meeting in Durban, South Africa from 5-7 June 2019 with financial support from the AF through its Readiness Programme for Climate Finance, the Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF) of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the GCF. The meeting sought to develop an action plan for the CPDAE based on capacity gaps identified by members of the community and their expectations going forward. The meeting also saw the establishment of a Committee and draft charter for the CPDAE. The Committee has been engaging with the AF and GCF and discussions are underway to finance the action plan. You can view the meeting outcomes and related documents here:

CPDAE Action Plan
Meeting report
Overview of the CPDAE (PowerPoint presentation)
AF Press Release on CPDAE Durban Meeting

CPDAE Readiness NDA Update Meeting (Power Point Presentation)
CPDAE Readiness Update Meeting

How to join

If you are a national implementing entity of the Adaptation Fund or a direct access entity of the GCF and would like to join the CPDAE, please send a letter to the CPDAE Chair Ms. Claudia Godfrey ( and copy the Vice-Chair Ms. Aissata B. SALL ( using the template below.

CPDAE Joining Letter Template

CPDAE Governance

The CPDAE is made up of a community of accredited NIEs of the AF and DAEs of the GCF. The community established a Committee comprised of six members and six alternates. The Committee members represent six countries and three language groups as follows:

  • Two representatives from two English speaking countries
  • Two representatives from two French speaking countries
  • Two representatives from two Spanish speaking countries

The Committee has a Chair and Vice-Chair nominated by vote of the Committee. Each Committee member is nominated by CPDAE members in their language group. Each Committee member then identifies and nominates an alternate from their organization or institution to enable continuity of work when the member is not available.

The AF and GCF are active observers to the CPDAE and are both fully committed to supporting and fostering its planned activities. The joint support advances and enhances complementarity and coherence between the two funds as mandated by the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Paris Agreement.

The CPDAE is also supported by other partners such as the AfDB and others who have an interest to enhance direct access to climate finance.

The CPDAE Governance Charter is available below:

CPDAE Governance Charter
Guidelines for operations of the CPDAE Committee

What is the term limit for CPDAE Committee members and alternates?

Each Committee member serves for a period of two years. The term of the Committee member and their alternate run concurrently and start and end at the same time.

When and where does the CPDAE Committee meet?

The Committee meets face to face at least twice a year. The Committee also meets virtually on a regular basis and can coordinate additional meetings according to needs.

Committee Members

English Language Group

Ms. Shelia McDonald- Miller Planning institute of Jamaica(PIOJ), Jamaica

English Language Group

Ms. Milena Kiramijyan
Environmental Project Implementation Unit (EPIU), Ministry of Environment, Armenia

French Language Group

Ms. Aissata Sall (Vice-Chair)
Centre de Suivi Ecologique (CSE), Senegal

French Language Group

Mr. Kouadio Kouacou Fidèle
Interprofessional Fund for Agricultural Research and Advice, Côte d’Ivoire

Spanish Language Group

Ms. Rosa Montañez
Fundación Natura, Panama

Spanish Language Group

Ms. Claudia Godfrey (Chair)
Peruvian Trust Fund for National Parks and Protected Areas (PROFONANPE), Peru

Mr. Pablo Devis
Fondo Acción, Colombia

Alternate Members


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