4 June, 2022

Small Island Developing States access to the Green Climate Fund

Marigot Bay, Saint Lucia

This briefing is the second of a two-part Climate Analytics series that examines historical access to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) by Small Island Developing States (SIDS). It focuses on the quality of SIDS proposals submitted to the GCF based on the feedback given to proposals by the independent Technical Advisory Panel (iTAP).

Key findings

  • SIDS GCF proposals are of higher quality than approved proposals from non-SIDS countries for several of the GCF investment criteria.
  • Proposals from Direct Access Entities (DAEs) in SIDS slightly out-perform those from international access entities with regard to quality.
  • SIDS are able to meet and fulfil the very stringent GCF requirements. However, it is extremely difficult to scale-up the necessary access to the climate funds given the significant time, effort and resources that need to be directed towards meeting these very stringent requirements.
  • SIDS may benefit from lessons-learned/knowledge exchange workshops among each other, given their success with the GCF thus far. Such exchanges might allow SIDS to identify common/unique challenges faced by SIDS in the GCF process as well as potential solutions. SIDS representatives to the GCF can then raise these challenges and solutions at the level of the GCF Board.