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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.

South-South Solidarity in Climate Finance: A GCF operated SOUTHERN SOLIDARITY FUND

This Concept Note by Benito Müller introduces the idea of a Southern Solidarity Fund, to be operated by the Green Climate Fund, which would allow solidarity contributions to climate finance by developing countries as part of South-South collaboration.

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Devolved Access Modalities: Lessons for the Green Climate Fund from Existing Practice

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board is in the process of considering "additional modalities that further enhance direct access". A devolved and decentralized access modality has been proposed as an alternative to the more traditional model, where detailed project approval is carried out at the multilateral level. This ecbi Policy Brief by Benito Müller and William Pizer explains the relation between "enhanced direct access" and "programmatic approaches," and addresses certain concerns raised about this decentralized/devolved access model, using seven case studies to illustrate current practices that could provide ideas and insights about how the GCF might design its own approach. The case studies are focused around four questions:
a. How does the funding model generally work, in terms of disbursing funds?
b. Who decides what? What decisions are taken by the governing funding body and what decisions are devolved and to whom?
c. How does this funding model ensure the governing body’s objectives are met, and how does it ensure that the various fiduciary standards and safeguards are satisfied?
d. How is the funding level for a particular programme determined?

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What is EDA? A Rough Guide to Enhanced Direct Access

This Rough Guide to Enhanced Direct Access (EDA) by Benito Müller provides the key conceptual tools needed to understand EDA and exemplifies the main access models graphically with a number of figures, meant to illustrate the key differences between these models.

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Pre-GCF Board Meeting Luncheon Discussion “Country Ownership and Enhancing Direct Access"

On 17 February 2014, the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia, host to the sixth meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board GCFB, convened a pre-GCF Board Meeting Luncheon Discussion on “Country Ownership and Enhancing Direct Access”, in the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia. The ecbi was honoured to be able to provide support in organising the event.

The discussion was aimed to provide a space for the Board and observer organizations to examine the key issues that need to be addressed relating to realising country ownership by enhancing direct access in different ways based on country circumstances in the design of GCF. It featured presentations of ideas from the Board members/alternates and experts as well as lessons learned from national and international funding institutions.

Welcoming remarks by Mr Irfa Ampri (Alternate Member GCFB, Indonesia) on behalf of the host country and Mr Manfred Konukiewitz (Co-chair GCFB, Germany) on behalf of the Board were followed by an introductory presentation by Ms Carol Mwape (former LDC Member of the Transitional Committee, Zambia), and by presentations on: a) the Brazilian Amazon Fund (Juliana Santiago); b) he Indonesian Climate Change Fund (Syamsidar Thamrin); c) the Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund (Munjurul Khan); and d) the EU Global Climate Change Alliance (Philippe Jacques).

The presentation are available in the public section of the ecbi Finance Circle library.

The event was concluded by a panel discussion on the way forward facilitated by Mr Dipak Dasgupta (Alternate Member GCFB, India).

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Latest Publications
Comments regarding 'Policies and Procedures for the Initial Allocation of Fund Resources: April 2014  (1500 kb).
Concentration of GCF resources: what is at issue?: April 2014  (192 kb).
Enhancing Direct Access and Country Ownership: April 2014  (376 kb).
GCF Secretariat Informal Consultative Talk on Enhanced Direct Access: April 2014  (140 kb).
GCF Secretariat Informal Consultative Talk on Enhanced Direct Access: April 2014  (80 kb).
"The ecbi provided an opportunity to understand the critical issues for developed country partners. Usually as a negotiator I considered only my priorities. Now I am better prepared and appreciate the need to drive consensus and compromise!"
David Lesolle, Botswana