UNEP is seeking partners committed to environmental sustainability for a project on Strengthening Endogenous Capacities  of Least Developed Countries to Access Finance for Climate Change Adaptation. More information can be found on the UNEP website: https://www.unep.org/calls-for-proposals

Title : Call for Executing Agency – “Strengthening Endogenous Capacities of Least Developed Countries to Access Finance for Climate Change Adaptation”

Project objective: The objective of this call for proposals is to identify qualified organizations to serve as the executing agency for the “Strengthening Endogenous Capacities of Least Developed Countries to Access Finance for Climate Change Adaptation” project, to be supported by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF).

Project background : A major obstacle to developing effective climate change adaptation policies and projects in LDCs is a lack of endogenous capacity related to policy formulation and project design and implementation. Limited funding available to LDC governments from international climate change financiers and the private sector to support adaptation undermines scaled-up adaptation action and the transformative change that is necessary to move LDCs into climate-resilient economic and social development pathways.

Project description : The project’s objective to strengthen capacities of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to achieve scaled up and effective climate change adaptation by fostering sustained endogenous technical services for project development, policy mainstreaming and the creation of an enabling environment for adaptation to climate change. The project will work primarily with the members of the Least Developed Countries Universities Consortium on Climate Change (LUCCC), who, along with the Least Developed Countries Group, will help to steer and implement the project.

Project requirements : The project requires an executing agency that has a strong track record in managing capacity development and institutional strengthening activities in LDCs, and which has competency in the areas of climate change adaptation and climate change finance. Experience in working with tertiary education institutions in LDCs on capacity development, and with existing programs that would enhance the outcomes of this project would be highly desirable

Responsible officer : Atifa Kassam

Implementation start date : 1 December 2021

Implementation end date : 30 December 2023

Submission deadline : 20 April 2021

Notification date : 14 July 2021

Title : Call for Mentoring Institutions – “Strengthening Endogenous Capacities of Least Developed Countries to Access Finance for Climate Change Adaptation”

Project objective : The objective of this call is to garner expressions of interest from academic/research institutions to participate in a climate change adaption project that is currently being developed by the United Nations Environment Programme, and funded by the Least Developed Countries Fund (GEF).

Project background : A major obstacle to developing effective climate change adaptation policies and projects in LDCs is a lack of endogenous capacity related to policy formulation and project design and implementation. Limited funding available to LDC governments from international climate change financiers and the private sector to support adaptation undermines scaled-up adaptation action and the transformative change that is necessary to move LDCs into climate-resilient economic and social development pathways.

Project description : The project’s objective to strengthen capacities of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to achieve scaled up and effective climate change adaptation by fostering sustained endogenous technical services for project development, policy mainstreaming and the creation of an enabling environment for adaptation to climate change. The project will work primarily with the members of the Least Developed Countries Universities Consortium on Climate Change (LUCCC), who, along with the Least Developed Countries Group, will help to steer and implement the project.

Project requirements : To supplement its capacity building and institutional strengthening activities, the project is looking to engage with mentor institutions that have established programs and experience with conducting applied research, developing decision support information products, and providing other specialized fee-based technical services (e.g., economic analysis of adaptation options, risk/vulnerability assessments, adaptation project design, training programs) to governments and other clients. These mentor institutions will provide technical and capacity building support to all of LUCCC member universities during the first phase, and more in-depth institution-to-institution support for the newly-established thinktanks (including setting up technical services offerings, developing business and engagement plans, establishing price lists, etc.).

Responsible officer : Atifa Kassam

implementation start date : 1 December 2021

Implementation end date : 30 December 2023

Submission deadline : 28 April 2021

Notification date : 1 September 2021