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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.

Launch of the GCF Enhanced Direct Access Pilot Phase

The first, and possibly most momentous decision to be adopted on the final day of the tenth Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board meeting (Songdo, 9 July 2015) was the launch of a five year pilot phase on enhanced direct access (EDA Pilot). It was the crowning moment in the (sometimes arduous) three-year process that began with the inclusion of a mandate in the GCF Governing Instrument for the GCF Board to consider additional modalities that further enhance direct access, including through funding entities with a view to enhancing country ownership of projects and programmes.

The EDA Pilot will initially aim to provide up to US$ 200 million for at least ten pilots, including at least four pilots to be implemented in Small Island Developing States, the least developed countries and African States...

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Engaging MSMEs under Enhanced Direct Access

On 5 July 2015, the eve of the tenth meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the ecbi hosted a Seminar for GCF Board members on how to address Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the Enhanced Direct Access (EDA) Pilot Phase, as discussed in the OCP/ecbi Working Paper on Engaging Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in developing countries: Enhanced Direct Access and the GCF Private Sector Facility. The ecbi Director, author of the Working Paper, started the event with a Synopsis of the state of EDA at the GCF. This was followed by presentations of the two case studies analysed in the Working Paper:
-The Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Energy Financing (SUNREF) project by the French Development Agency (AFD), and
-The India-MSME Energy Efficiency Project

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Finance for the Paris Climate Compact: The role of earmarked (sub-) national contributions

In December, negotiators will converge on Paris to forge a new international climate change agreement for 2020 and beyond. This policy brief is about one of the preconditions for a success at Paris: a breakthrough on climate finance, or, to be more precise, on how earmarked (sub-) national contributions to support developing countries could be part of the ‘Paris Climate Compact’ proposed in the recent report on Mobilizing Climate Finance commissioned by the French Presidency.

The finance breakthrough required for a Paris success will not come in the form of a new fund, or the adoption of a new global finance target/pathway. It may not even be part of the international climate negotiations. If anything, it may be that a significant number of developed country governments, national or sub-national decide to contribute to the Paris Climate Compact by adopting domestic instruments that enhance the predictability/automaticity of their support by earmarking of certain innovative domestic funding sources for the support of climate change efforts in particularly vulnerable developing countries...

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The Standing Committee on Finance meets the Adaptation Fund Board Chair and Vice-Chair

In December 2014 in Lima, Peru, the COP requested the Standing Committee on Finance in Decision 6/CP.20, paragraph 22 to consider issues related to possible future institutional linkages and relations between the Adaptation Fund (AF) and other institutions under the Convention.

In April 2015, the AF Board requested the its Chair and Vice-Chair ‘to initiate consultations with the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) and start a dialogue with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board, on potential linkages between the two funds and request the issue of complementarity between the two funds to be considered by the GCF Board at the earliest.’

To facilitate this dialogue, the ecbi organised a Seminar on the eve of the 10th SCF meeting at La Redoute in Bad Godesberg to discuss agenda item 8 on these linkages and relations...

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Oxford - home of the ecbi project
Latest Publications
ecbi Annual Report 2014/2015: June 2015  (872 kb).
The Paris Predictability Problem: What to do about climate finance for the 2020 climate agreement?: May 2015  (217 kb).
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).
"I am very impressed with what I have seen of ecbi. This is an excellent format for both capacity-building and trust-building to serve the negotiations."
Anna Lindstedt, Swedish Climate Ambassador