News & Seminars

News and seminar information for the Adaptation Fund’s Readiness Programme for Climate Finance. For upcoming events, please visit our events calendar.

Past Readiness Events

2019

2-3 September – Accreditation Training Workshop at the UNFCCC Asia-Pacific Climate Week, Bangkok, Thailand

The Adaptation Fund convened nearly 20 developing country representatives from Asia and the Pacific in a training workshop to enhance access to adaptation funding within the region through the Fund’s Direct Access modality.

The workshop coincided with the 2019 Asia Pacific Climate Week (APCW), which is part of a regional climate week series organized by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and Nairobi Framework Partnership targeted at raising climate ambition and action around the Paris Agreement, UN Climate Summit in New York in late September and COP 25 in Chile in December.

The workshop used a peer-to-peer learning approach and open dialogue to include case studies and interaction with the Fund’s accreditation and climate finance readiness teams.

Below, you will find the agenda of the meeting and related presentations: 

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5-9 August – Climate Finance Readiness Seminar #6, Saint John’s, Antigua and Barbuda

The sixth Climate Finance Readiness Seminar for national implementing entities (NIEs) of the Adaptation Fund (AF) was held on 5-9 August in Saint John’s, Antigua and Barbuda. The Adaptation Fund’s accredited entities that are implementing adaptation projects, partner organizations and other stakeholders gathered together to share knowledge and practices of the adaptation finance. The seminar also included a field visit to several project sites in Antigua.

Below, you will find the agenda of the meeting and related presentations: 

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19 June – Side-event on the margins of the 50th session of the subsidiary bodies (SB50): Enhancing the Delivery of Readiness and Capacity Building Support for Climate Change Adaptation

The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) secretariat, Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), and the Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB) have partnered to bring together organizations that are providing readiness and capacity-building support for adaptation at a side-event on the margins of the 50th sessions of the subsidiary bodies (SB50) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany. The side-event will take place on Wednesday, 19 June 2019.

The side-event will provide an opportunity for organizations providing readiness and capacity-building support to enhance adaptation action in developing countries to provide input into development of the bulletin for providers of readiness and capacity-building for adaptation which will be launched at the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) in Santiago, Chile. The bulletin will provide information from the organizations providing such support, to developing country Parties to the UNFCCC, Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement, including the type of readiness and capacity-building support available and how Parties can access the support. In addition, there will be a general discussion on how delivery of readiness and capacity-building support can be enhanced. The AFB secretariat/CTCN/PCCB partnership also intends to promote collaboration, partnerships and complementarity in the delivery of readiness and capacity-building support which in turn could strengthen the quality of technical assistance and other forms of support delivered to developing countries to enhance the programming of adaptation finance and implementation of resilience activities on the ground.

For the full agenda of the event, please click here.

5-7 June – The Community of Practice for Direct Access Entities (CPDAE) holds first face-to-face meeting in Durban, South Africa

The Community of Practice for Direct Access Entities (CPDAE) is an initiative conceived by accredited national implementing entities (NIEs) of the Adaptation Fund (AF) and direct access entities (DAEs) of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to provide an avenue for knowledge exchange, learning and experience sharing, collaboration and peer support within the community of NIEs and DAEs involved in the programming of climate change adaptation and mitigation finance. The community seeks to increase the effectiveness of entities in accessing resources and implementing adaptation and mitigation projects and programs through Direct Access. The CPDAE is led and driven by the entities themselves with support from the AF and GCF as well as other partners such as the African Development Bank’s Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF) who have provided financial and in-kind support for establishment of the community. The CPDAE held its first face-to-face meeting from 5-7 June 2019 in Durban, South Africa at which it validated and finalized the Governance framework of the community; and developed an action plan to address gaps and challenges identified by the entities so as to enhance the capacity of NIEs and DAEs to access and programme climate finance.

Below, you will find the agenda of the meeting and related presentations: 

REPORT: CPDAE meeting

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 5-11 May – Adaptation Fund and National Implementing Partner AGCID host country learning exchange in Chile

As part of its robust ongoing activities to share lessons and experiences from adaptation projects in the field, the Adaptation Fund (AF) facilitated a ‘Country Exchange’ in Chile, partnering with its accredited national implementing partner in the country, the Agencia Chilena de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AGCID).

Including AGCID, the five-day exchange brought together 12 AF-accredited national implementing entities (NIEs) from around the world to visit firsthand the AF-funded adaptation project in Chile that is implemented by AGCID to help small rural farmers in the vulnerable dry O’Higgins region adapt and build resilience to climate variation, water scarcity and climate change that impacts the cattle, crops, water and soils they depend on.

25 April – Climate Finance Readiness Webinar #8

The Adaptation Fund hosted the eighth climate finance readiness webinar for its accredited national implementing entities (NIEs). The webinar continued and advanced the conversation on the topic of Knowledge Management (KM) systems and products, specifically how different NIEs, MIEs and the private sector manage KM within their organizations.

KM experiences from 2 NIEs (AGCID Chile and PIOJ Jamaica) were detailed and shared with the audience, including arrangements and support for KM under the AF, while Rita Kumar shared her vast experience as a KM expert. Key take-home messages from the webinar: consider a holistic approach and establish a KM process at the institutional level, leverage tools and systems already in place, improve visibility and communication of knowledge products, and learning and sharing should include internal and external dissemination of institutional and project-level experience.”

Below, you will find the webinar report, the press release and the speakers’ presentations:

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18-19 March – Regional Climate Finance Readiness Workshop, Accra, Ghana

The Adaptation Fund (AF) hosted representatives from 9 countries from Central Africa, including civil society representing the Adaptation Fund NGO network, for a regional workshop held on March 18-19 in Accra, Ghana to promote access to Adaptation Finance, through the Fund’s Direct Access modality, and to develop effective adaptation projects. Discussions focused on familiarizing country focal points and candidate national implementing entity (NIE) representatives with the AF fiduciary requirements for accreditation, project proposal submission and review process, and familiarization with AF policies and procedures, including its Direct Access modality and its environmental and social policy (ESP) and gender policy (GP).

The workshop took place on the margins of the UN Africa Climate Week 2019 which is under the auspices of the Nairobi Framework Partnership that supports developing countries in preparing and implementing their plans to address climate change under the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

REPORT: Regional Climate Finance Readiness Workshop

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2018

25 October – Climate Finance Readiness Webinar #7

The Adaptation Fund hosted the seventh climate finance readiness webinar for its accredited national implementing entities (NIEs). The webinar provided guidance on the topic of change, specifically how to manage change in adaptation projects/programmes during project implementation.

At its twenty-ninth meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board (the Board), decided to consolidate all its previous decisions related to requests for direct project services, requests for material change, and requests for revision of original activity/output/outcome and/or associated indicators and targets into a new annex which it subsequently approved at its thirtieth meeting as annex seven of the Operational Policies and Guidelines (OPGs) related to project/programme implementation.

In general, the need for changes in a climate change project, which may be as minor as  modifying an activity, to changing an entire project’s design, could be triggered by internal factors (such as poorly conducted vulnerability, safeguards or other assessments, technical feasibility studies, and logical gaps among activities in the project design), external factors (such as changes in the country’s policy framework or other adaptation initiatives, changes in foreign exchange rates, and unexpected situations such as natural catastrophes), or both.  Therefore, while changes in a project/programme can be an undesirable aspect of project/programme management, particularly change due to internal factors, it is useful to gain better understanding of possible triggers and to share experiences and knowledge on how to foster long-term adaptive management for change that cannot be prevented or averted.

Below, you will find the webinar report, the press release and the speakers’ presentations:

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28-31 August – Climate Finance Readiness Seminar #5, Washington D.C.

The fifth Climate Finance Readiness Seminar for national implementing entities (NIEs) of the Adaptation Fund (AF) was held in 28-31 August in Washington DC. The Adaptation Fund’s accredited entities that are implementing adaptation projects, partner organizations and other stakeholders gathered together to share knowledge and practices of the adaptation finance. The seminar also included a field visit to local resilience project stream restoration sites coordinated by the Washington, D.C. government.

REPORT : Climate Finance Readiness Seminar

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19 April – Climate Finance Readiness Webinar #6

The Adaptation Fund hosted the sixth climate finance readiness webinar for its accredited national implementing entities (NIEs). The webinar provided guidance on mainstreaming environmental, social and gender issues in adaptation projects, especially focusing on the project proposal phase.

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4-6 April – Readiness Workshop on Accreditation and the Readiness Support Package, Nairobi, Kenya

The one-year pilot ‘Readiness Package’ was launched at a workshop held April 4-6 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Adaptation Fund co-hosted the workshop with its NIE for Kenya, the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA).The workshop gathered representatives from over 20 select developing countries, including 13 countries that have expressed a strong interest to progress further in the accreditation application process, as well as 11 NIEs already accredited with the Fund that are eligible to provide south-south peer support through the Fund’s South-South cooperation grants.

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2017

7 December – Climate Finance Readiness Webinar #5

The fifth Adaptation Fund webinar for its National Implementing Entities tackled the evaluation of Adaptation Fund projects with a specific focus on mid-term evaluation and final/terminal evaluation.

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24-25 October – Climate Finance Readiness Workshop for the Caribbean Region, Barbados

The Adaptation Fund convened 15 countries from across the Caribbean in Barbados to share knowledge and best practices in developing and implementing effective adaptation projects. The Readiness workshop, which took place October 24-25 in Wildey, was co-hosted with the Caribbean Development Bank, an accredited regional implementing entity of the Adaptation Fund. The workshop covered all aspects of the Adaptation Fund project cycle – from design, preparation and development to evaluation. It also discussed mainstreaming gender, environmental and social considerations into Fund projects.

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26 – 28 July – Climate Finance Readiness Seminar for NIEs #4, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

The Adaptation Fund brought its fourth NIE Seminar directly to the field, as it co-hosted the seminar in Costa Rica with Fundecooperación para el Desarrollo Sostenible, the Fund’s accredited National Implementing Entity. The seminar provided overviews of the AF programmes and developing strategies, the project development process, as well as accreditation and re-accreditation processes. The Environmental and Social Policy and Gender Policy were discussed, and a panel of NIEs provided country experiences in a peer-to-peer interactive format. The seminar included also a field visit to Fundecooperación’s AF-funded project site in San José.

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Documents and Handouts Related to the Presentations

30 May – June 1 – Climate Finance Readiness Workshop for Least Developed Countries, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Adaptation Fund convened more than 35 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) at a Climate Finance Readiness Workshop for LDCs in Ethiopia. The workshop was co-hosted with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MOFEC).

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13 May – Meeting for Providers of Readiness Support for Adaptation

The Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat in partnership with the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) hosted a meeting with providers of readiness support for adaptation on the margins of the SB46 meetings in Bonn, Germany. The meeting agreed among other things, to continue coordination and communication between providers of readiness support for adaptation, and to continue further engagement of the issues discussed at the meeting and which were captured in the meeting report. Please view the meeting report for further details on the meeting.

20 April – Climate Finance Readiness Webinar #4

The fourth Readiness webinar on “Monitoring and Evaluation in Adaptation Projects and Programmes” brought together National Implementing Entities to share practical experiences on implementing the Results-Based Management (RBM) approach, and to discuss best practices for applying M&E in adaptation work.

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2016

27 October – Climate Finance Readiness Webinar #3

The third Readiness webinar focused on the topic “Management of Environmental and Social Risks and Gender Risks in Adaptation Projects”. The webinar was aimed at providing a practical approach for NIEs of the Fund to apply the environmental and social policy and the gender policy to their projects and programmes and to share best practices for implementing related safeguards.

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6-8 September – Climate Finance Readiness Workshop for the MENA region, Rabat, Morocco

The Adaptation Fund (AF) brought together some 50 participants from more than a dozen Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries for a workshop in Rabat, Morocco aimed at enhancing climate finance readiness and access for a region that is increasingly vulnerable to climate change and water scarcity. Co-sponsored by the Fund’s accredited National Implementing Entity for Morocco, the Agency for the Development of Agriculture (ADA), the workshop also served as a pivotal momentum-gathering point for countries on the road to COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco in early November.

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Discussion on adaptation strategies and project implementation in MENA region

23-25 August – Climate Finance Readiness Workshop for the Asia and Asia-Pacific Region, Mumbai, India

The Adaptation Fund’s Climate Finance Readiness Workshop in Mumbai, India for the Asia-Pacific Region draw over 60 participants from some 35 countries to share best practices and knowledge. The workshop was co-hosted with the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development of India (NABARD), the Adaptation Fund’s accredited NIE for India, as well as the UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, and Climate Action South Asia. It marked the Adaptation Fund’s third readiness seminar held for the Asia-Pacific region, and focused on the Fund’s accreditation and project development processes while providing guidance and a shared learning environment for both current NIEs and those seeking accreditation.

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13-15 July – Climate Finance Readiness Seminar #3, Washington D.C.

The third Climate Finance Readiness Seminar for national implementing entities (NIEs) of the Adaptation Fund (AF) was held from 13-15 July in Washington DC. The seminar, which is a global and annual event, is organized under the AF Readiness Programme and hosted specifically for accredited NIEs of the Fund. It presents an opportunity for NIEs to meet and share experiences among themselves and with the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) secretariat. 19 out of the 23 accredited NIEs attended the seminar, including two regional implementing entities (RIEs) and one multilateral implementing entity (MIE). Read more about the outcomes of the event in the Seminar Report.

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7-9 June – Climate Finance Readiness Workshop, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

The Adaptation Fund and Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) co-hosted a Regional Climate Adaptation Finance Readiness Workshop in Tegucigalpa, Honduras that drew more than 12 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean to share experiences and best practices in the accreditation and project development processes for the Fund’s implementing entities. Several Fund staff were also on hand to deliver presentations and discuss policy updates and the Fund’s work in the region, which covers about 27% of Adaptation Fund projects.

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3-5 May – Climate Finance Readiness Workshop, Casablanca, Morocco

The Adaptation Fund’s Climate Finance Readiness Workshop for the Francophone Africa took place in Casablanca, Morocco on May 3-5, 2016. During the event, the accredited NIEs shared best practices and lessons learned with the accreditation and project development processes within the Fund’s pioneering Direct Access modality. The workshop was co-sponsored by the Institute de la Francophonie pour le Developpement Durable (IFDD) and the Project Centre de Competences Changement Climatique (4C) Maroc, with the Fund’s NIE for Morocco, the Agency for Agricultural Development (ADA) also instrumental in organizing the event.

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28 April – Climate Finance Readiness Webinar #2

The second readiness webinar focused on the topic of knowledge management. The webinar included presentations from a knowledge management expert as well as Adaptation Fund’s stakeholders and national implementing entities.

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2015

19 November – Climate Finance Readiness Webinar #1

The first readiness webinar focused on community engagement and stakeholder consultation in climate adaptation projects. The webinar included presentations from the Readiness Program and NGOs followed by an open online discussion.

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22-24 September – Climate Finance Readiness Workshop, Abuja, Nigeria

Co-organized with the Economic Community of West African States and the Heinrich Boll Foundation.

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28-30 July – Climate Finance Readiness Seminar #6, Washington DC, USA

The sixth readiness seminar focused on readiness throughout project cycle and environmental and social safeguards.

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18-20 May – Climate Finance Readiness Seminar #5, Windhoek, Namibia

24-26 March – Climate Finance Readiness Seminar #4, Panama City, Panama

  • Co-hosted with CAF and the government of Panama
  • Focus on increasing capacity of applicant and accredited implementing entities

2014

10-12 September – Climate Finance Readiness Seminar #3, Bangkok, Thailand

  • Co-hosted with UNEP
  • Focus on increasing capacity of applicant and accredited implementing entities
  • Press Release – Seminar 3 (77 KB, PDF)

15-17 July – Climate Finance Readiness Seminar #2, Washington DC

1-4 July – First NIE Readiness Workshop in Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

  • Focus on accreditation process and implementation of projects
  • Hosted by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) of Kenya, and supported by the Heinrich Boell Foundation, Adaptation Fund and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

1-2 May – Climate Finance Readiness Seminar #1, Washington DC

  • The Readiness Programme for Climate Finance kicked off with a two day seminar in Washington, DC, bringing together experts and thought leaders from a variety of organizations around the world.
  • Focus on convening experts and thought leaders in climate finance readiness, sharing experiences and charting paths forward.
  • Press Release – Seminar 1 (320 KB, PDF