Climate for Development in Africa Initiative (ClimDev-Africa) - African Development Bank

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The AfDB accepted the request from the Commission of the African Union (AUC) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) to establish the ClimDev-Africa Special Fund (CDSF) and to administer its resources for demand-led interventions. ClimDev-Africa is a demand-led Fund that pools resources to finance investment activities on the ground across Africa for the generation and use of climate information for climate-resilient development. Date of agreement: 27th May 2010.

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Who can apply?

The immediate beneficiaries are the group of “Policy Makers” that ClimDev serves including Regional Economic Communities (RECs); River Basin Organizations (RBOs); National governments (including NMHs); Parliamentarians; and African negotiators. The ultimate beneficiaries are rural communities with climate sensitive livelihoods; communities vulnerable to climate sensitive diseases; communities dependent on uncertain water and other natural resources, communities at risk of disasters, and communities with poor energy access.

Objectives and activities

Objectives: The goal of the ClimDev-Africa Special Fund (CDSF) is to pool resources to contribute to sustainable development and, in particular, poverty reduction by preparing and implementing climate-resilient development programs that mainstream climate change information at all levels in Africa. The objective of the CDSF is to strengthen the institutional capacities of national and sub-regional bodies to formulate and implement effective climate-sensitive policies.

Activities: The ClimDev-Africa Programme Special Fund (CDSF) supports operations in the following three main areas:

  • Generation and wide dissemination of reliable and high quality climate information in Africa;
  • Capacity enhancement of policy makers and policy support institutions to integrate climate change information into development programs; and
  • Implementation of pilot adaptation practices that demonstrate the value of mainstreaming climate information into development.

Type and level of funding

Total expenditure was €144 million for 2012-2014 to finance and manage 72 projects. Eligible institutions can access the CDSF funds directly to support resilient building activities via a call for proposals.

  • Faster project approval process: Unlike normal Bank operations that require discussion by the Bank’s Board of Directors, the fund’s operations are approved at different levels. Projects valued at euro 500,000 or less are approved by the Director; projects valued above 500,000 to euro 1 million are approved by the Vice President and projects valued between euro 1 million to euro 2 million are approved by the President. Only projects above euro 2 million are approved by the Board of Directors.
  • Capacity building: The Bank uses its staff based in  country and regional offices to provide capacity support to the institutions that apply and receive funding from CDSF, especially on project implementation and fiduciary management. By this support, the fund assures resource utilization efficiency and effectiveness in delivering results on the ground.