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ecbi - The European Capacity Building Initiative

About ecbi

ecbi is an initiative for sustained capacity building in support of international climate change negotiations. The ecbi aims to promote a more level playing field between government delegations to the international climate change negotiations, and to facilitate mutual understanding and trust - both between European and developing countries and among the developing countries.

Institutional linkages and relations between the Adaptation Fund and other institutions under the Convention

This OCP/ecbi submission to the Standing Committee on Finance summarizes the most recent developments regarding the relations between the Adaptation Fund and the Green Climate Fund and proposes that with regard to this particular relationship, the SCF should focus on how to make best use of existing complementarities between the two funds.

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What's in a name? The naming of GCF accreditation categories

A great deal of confusion has resulted from the fact that it has hitherto not been possible for the GCF Board to agree on definitions for some of the key nouns referred to in the GCF Governing Instrument in the context of who can access GCF funding. This Concept Note by Benito Müller proposes the following very simple definitions in terms of the GCF accreditation categories:

• Implementing Entity (IE): an entity accredited by the GCF to access GCF funding.
• Project Implementing Entity (PIE): an IE accredited for project management.
• Funding Entity (FE): an IE accredited to award grants and/or allocate funding.
• Financial Intermediary (FI): an IE accredited for on-lending and/or blending.
• Intermediary: an FE and/or FI.

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Informal Discussion Meeting with Adaptation Fund Board

Following up on the discussion on the The Future of the Adaptation Funding and the Adaptation Fund co-organised with the Heinrich Boell Foundation during COP 20 in Lima, the ecbi with the support of the Adaptation Fund (AF) Secretariat organised an informal meeting for the AF Board members co-hosted with Hans-Olav Ibrekk, incoming Chair of the AF Board, on 9 April, during the 25th meeting of the AF Board in Bonn Germany, attended by 18 AF Board members/alternates and 5 representatives of the AF Secretariat, the GCF Secretariat, civil society and ecbi.

After a welcome by the incoming AF Board Chair, Benito Müller (ecbi director) gave a short presentation "The Adaptation Fund in the new climate finance regime: Its role in relationship with the GCF" followed by a presentation by Dima Shocair Reda of the AF Secretariat on "Potential Linkages: Adaptation Fund & Green Climate Fund...

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Consolidation and devolution of national climate finance: The case of India

National and international finance is increasingly becoming available in developing countries to address climate change for both mitigation and adaptation. However, existing (domestic) arrangements for climate finance are often dispersed and fragmentary, and lack clear goals and strategies, therefore allowing for neither efficiency nor accountability.

This ecbi Policy Brief by Anju Sharma, Benito Müller, and Pratim Roy examines the governance arrangements for climate finance in India, and proposes the creation of an Indian National Climate Fund to pool climate finance from different national and international sources, to channel it to the State and local levels.

The Fund should seek to 'consolidate without centralisation', and to devolve decision-making on the use of climate finance to local governments...

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Latest Publications
Letter of Appreciation, Adaptation Fund Board: April 2015  (84 kb).
Institutional linkages and relations between the Adaptation Fund and other institutions under the Convention: April 2015  (128 kb).
What's in a name? The naming of GCF accreditation categories: April 2015  (132 kb).
The Adaptation Fund at a Crossroads: March 2015  (556 kb).
Consolidation and devolution of national climate finance: March 2015  (712 kb).
"The ecbi makes it possible that people with different positions of their own groups or countries to listen to one another for the common good of our peoples."
Dahai QI, Ministry of Foreign Affairs China