Bank builds pool of 80 climate change experts
The African Development Bank has appointed representatives from 80 government institutions, civil society organizations and universities for training as experts in the development of climate finance proposals.
The students will pass on their knowledge to potential beneficiaries of the Green Climate Fund, a $ 10 billion donation launched in 2010 to help countries implement their climate agenda through loans, equity, guarantees and grants.
The 120-hour training program is managed by the Department of Climate Change and Green Growth of the African Development Bank, funded by the Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation Trust Fund.
The scheme builds on ongoing work by the African Development Bank, the Green Climate Fund and other partners to support the Bank’s regional member states in gaining direct access to the Green Climate Fund resources.
“The Green Climate Fund is expected to be a major source of climate finance for the African continent. Access to the fund’s funding is challenging due to the complexity of designing climate change projects to meet the funding criteria. This training will increase capacity among Africans. national authorities. determined authorities, governments and consultants by training trainers to offer future training courses, “said Gareth Phillips, manager of the environment and climate finance division in the Department of Climate Change and Green Growth at the African Development Bank .
COVID-19 has led to the transition from personal to online training. This has the advantages of being cheaper to manage and more carbon efficient.
The theory of the project on change is based on three main components, which complement the Bank’s ongoing work to increase the ability of various African countries to access the Green Climate Fund resources through small grants from the Africa Climate Change Fund. These components include: the development of training materials and an online platform to support direct access to the Green Climate Fund, the training of a pool of experts and their certification to support African governments and institutions, and to South-South -learning to facilitate.
After a thorough independent selection process, 80 participants were selected, with about 40 from English-speaking countries and 40 from French- and Portuguese-speaking countries.
Gershwin Wanneburg, Department of Communications and External Relations, African Development Bank, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Davinah Milenge Uwella, Chief Program Coordinator, Department of Climate Change and Green Growth, Email: email@example.com