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Day of the Direct Access Entities
Enhancing collaboration through South-South Cooperation

Organized by the secretariats of
the UNFCCC, the Adaptation Fund, the Green Climate Fund and the Global Environment Facility,
together with the Government of South Africa

Room 7, Bonn Zone, COP23
11 November 2017


One of the unique features of the dedicated climate funds (Adaptation Fund, the Green Climate Fund and the Global Environment Facility) is the ability of countries to nominate and access financial resources directly through national entities.

Direct access by national entities, which has been operationalized by the Adaptation Fund (AF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), ensures that priorities set by countries, particularly those articulated in the nationally-determined contributions (NDCs) and national adaptation plans (NAPs), are addressed while enhancing ownership of the projects and programmes being implemented.

Furthermore, the UNFCCC COP in Marrakech, in its guidance to the GCF, stressed the importance of direct access and increasing the portfolio of direct access Entities (DAEs).

  • To demonstrate that DAEs have the potential capacity to play a vital role in achieving the NDCs of Parties and the Paris Agreement and to identify ways to develop, build and scale up this capacity, including by expanding it to more developing countries;

  • To contribute to, engage with and expand the scope and role of developing country institutions, both public and private, in supporting developing countries implement the NDCs and Paris Agreement by leveraging and catalyzing more action and actors as well as through the transformative role the national institutions can play in deviating from the business as usual;

  • To promote complementarity and coherence between the Funds, by promoting cooperation and collaboration among and between the DAEs, including through innovative means.

Provisional Programme
09:00 - 10:00 Registration of participants
10:00 - 10:30

Opening session

  • Chair and moderator: Zaheer Fakir, South Africa

  • H.E. Frank Bainimarama, COP23 President (tbc)

  • Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UNFCCC

  • Howard Bamsey, Executive Director, Green Climate Fund

  • Gustavo Alberto Fonseca, Director of Programs, Global Environment Facility

  • Mikko Ollikainen, Manager, Adaptation Fund
10:30 - 13:00

Session 1: Harnessing the Potentials of Direct Access Entities

This session will introduce the direct access modality and showcase how it can contribute to building domestic institutional capacity, moving away from business as usual, increasing action on climate and supporting the efforts of developing countries to implement their NDCs and NAPs.

Selected case studies will highlight the experiences of a diverse set of entities and institutions in accessing finance and implementing projects including through small grants and enhanced direct access, regional approaches, private sector direct access projects, financial instruments, while enhancing complementarity and coherence. Furthermore, the session will demonstrate the ability of direct access entities to attract finance and partners who may wish to use them as vehicles of delivery.

Case Studies:
  • Benedict Libanda, Chief Executive Officer, Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF)

  • Amar Hanibal, President, XacBank

  • Simon Wilson, Manager, Climate Finance Adviser, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

  • Alberto Paniagua, Executive Director, Peruvian Trust Fund for National Parks and Protected Areas (PROFONANPE)

  • Kuldeep Singh, Deputy General Manager, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), India
13:00 - 15:00
Noon Break
15:00 - 17:00

Session 2: Strengthening Collaboration Among Direct Access Entities

This session will present innovation and ground breaking projects by the national entities and how they can replicated and scaled up. This session will respond to the following questions:
  • What is the potential of the direct access modality in addressing the NDC and how do we support those entities in unlocking and scaling up and translating their capacities into action?

  • What tools are there to support the national entities? How best can we use the workshops/forums in collaborating among, and between, institutions to assist in strengthening them and how can we formalize it (e.g. Statement of Cooperation and joint planning), including South-South cooperation?
Break-out group discussions
  • Group 1 on Readiness Challenges:
    Moderator: Andrea Rodríguez, Strategic Alliances Manager, Fundacion Avina
    Facilitator: UNFCCC

  • Group 2 on South-South Cooperation:
    Moderator: Dethie Soumare Ndiaye, Coordinator Climate Finance Unit, Centre de Suivi Ecologique (CSE)
    Facilitator: AF

  • Group 3 on Accreditation Challenges:
    Moderator: William Kostka, Executive Director, Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT)
    Facilitator: GCF

  • Group 4 on Project Preparation and Development:
    Moderator: Alex Mulisa, Coordinator of the National Fund for Environment and Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources of Rwanda (MINIRENA)
    Facilitator: GEF

Plenary reporting
17:00 - 17:30

Closing Session

  • Presentation of key outcomes and next steps
    by Zaheer Fakir, South Africa

  • Closing statement
    by H.E. Frank Bainimarama, COP23 President (tbc)

Further relevant information on the Day will be posted here when available.
For any questions, please contact the secretariat.

Last edited: 10 November 2017