The African Development Bank Group has announced a call for proposals under Climate Action Window (CAW) for the Adaptation Sub-Window.
Projects to be financed by the first CFPs of the Adaptation Sub-Window of the CAW must be Paris aligned, that is support the goal of the Paris agreement on climate mitigation and adaptation and building climate resilience.
These adaptation projects must reduce underlying causes of climate vulnerability at the systemic level and/or remove knowledge, capacity, technological, and other barriers to adaptation. Furthermore, adaptation should be the primary objective of the project.
These adaptation projects must support adaptation to climate change and climate variability, build resilience to climate related shocks and extreme events, or strengthen the adaptive capacity of ecological, social, or economic systems or policy processes. They should aim to reduce risks from the harmful effects of climate change (such as sea-level rise, extreme heat, extreme weather events, drought, flood, among others). They may also include the most beneficial opportunities associated with climate change. CAW will prioritize highly transformative and impactful adaptation projects. Project proposals must integrate gender, youth and underserved communities in fragile conditions.
- The first CfP (CfP1) from the ADF Climate Action Window will focus on the Adaptation sub-window and is specifically seeking projects with a focussed on:
- Building agricultural resilience for food and nutrition security including digital climate advisory services
- Investment outcomes for this priority sector will include climate-smart agriculture programs. It will restore degraded land and help inhabitants of the Sahel produce food, create jobs and promote peace. The CAW will allocate resources to help farmers, food producers, and agri-SMEs to access climate smart agriculture technologies such as drought-resistant crops, efficient irrigation systems, and renewable energy systems that can help enhance agricultural productivity, improve food security, increase resilience to climate change, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to a more sustainable and resilient agricultural system that promotes poverty reduction, biodiversity conservation and environmental sustainability, and overall development in the region.
- Resilient water resource management, water supply and sanitation
- Investment outcomes will include solid waste treatment, wastewater treatment, including flood resilient infrastructure and water reuse. It will also include river basin management and development plans developed for at least three basins with strengthened cooperative transboundary management structures. The CAW will support access to climate-resilient water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services and water storage creation. Climate-informed water management plans and investments, strengthened with measurement and monitoring systems, will help to optimize the allocation and use of water resources for multi-sectoral needs, reducing energy consumption and promoting water efficiency in irrigation, water treatment, and pumping, while enhancing renewable hydropower and agricultural productivity, improving nutrition outcomes, supporting water catchment protection, ecosystem and biodiversity conservation. Regulatory reforms are expected to be introduced in at least five countries.
- Climate information services and early warning systems and disaster risk management
- Investment outcomes will include access to forecast-based/ex-ante climate risk financing – a proactive approach to developmental aid that allocates funding in advance of a potential disaster based on forecasted risks to enable early response and mitigate the impact of the disaster – and severe weather observation infrastructure expanded in ADF countries. This will build on the work the Bank Group has undertaken in ex-ante risk financing through the Africa Disaster Risk Financing Programme (ADRiFi) and the ClimDev Special Fund. More African women will be trained in the hydromet and disaster risk disciplines in ADF countries that have inadequate human capacity to run Numerical Weather Prediction.
- Greening the financial Sector and supporting the private sector
- Investment outcomes include the establishment of forecast-based/ex-ante climate risk financing, a proactive strategy that allocates funding based on forecasted risks, enabling timely response and mitigation of potential disasters. Additionally, there will be an expansion of severe weather observation infrastructure in these nations, reinforcing their capacity to monitor and predict weather-related events. Human capacity building, with a particular focus on empowering African women, will be considered through training programs in hydromet and disaster risk disciplines.
- Building resilient and green infrastructure
- Investment outcomes will include efficient and sustainable carbon-neutral transportation systems, reducing congestion and improving accessibility for urban residents. Other outcomes include the implementation of Intelligent Traffic Management Systems (ITMS) and Non-Motorized Transport (NMT) facilities will enhance urban mobility further, making cities more livable and environmentally friendly.
- Building agricultural resilience for food and nutrition security including digital climate advisory services
Cross-Cutting Priority Areas
- Paris alignment: Project investments must be both carbon neutral and climate resilient, and investments either invested via Paris aligned projects or into pipelines that are themselves carbon neutral and climate resilient. Investments here will include well-developed national LTS, NDCs, NAPs and/or Adaptations Communications that are also aligned with National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans, and these will be supported through the Technical Assistance sub-window.
- Gender, youth, and social inclusion: The gender gap in access to productive resources shapes climate change impacts on men and women and how they can respond. Contributing to closing the gender gap will be a key criterion in assessing the eligibility of projects to access CAW funding.
- Biodiversity and nature-based solutions: The CAW will support projects that aim to restore mangroves and wetlands, allow water to be stored and purified in a natural way (green infrastructures), to support fisheries, aquaculture, forestry, and biodiversity conservation. The CAW will help to identify and deliver solutions to assist ADF countries to develop plans and projects for investments in nature-based solutions in key areas such as food and water security, restoration of degraded lands, sustainable forest management, flood and erosion control, blue economy, and coastal protection.
- Disaster risk management: The delivery of climate information services for Disaster risk management (DRM) and climate risk financing are generally under-invested areas, as ADF countries tend to direct scarce budgets to disaster recovery to cope with ex post impacts of extreme weather events when they arise, without focusing on disaster prevention. CAW investments in DRM will complement ADF’s Resilience Programs to develop climate services, build on the Africa Disaster Risk Financing Programme, helping ADF countries to move from dealing with emergencies to adopting ex-ante risk financing mechanisms and thus building resilience.
- Fragility and Transition States: The Bank’s 2022-26 Strategy for Addressing Fragility and Building Resilience is aligned with the Climate Change and Green Growth Framework to address fragility and maximize impact in both areas. Climate change is a multiplier of fragility, worsening socio-economic challenges, especially in rainfed agriculture areas, affecting livelihoods, security, culture, and displacing communities. This multiplier effect hampers state capacity and countries’ ability to mitigate climate change effects.
- Enhancing climate governance and green public finance: CAW will finance projects that support activities aimed at strengthening governance systems for climate change. This includes: creating public policies and making decisions that directly relate to the international climate governance processes of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); ensuring participation and engagement with Civil society around the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs); Ensuring appropriate framework laws, regulations or public policies on climate change are developed in line with the NDCs; Greening public financial management- promoting climate sensitive budgeting; monitoring and management of climate fiscal risks; promoting climate related revenue reforms- i.e. carbon taxes- fuel taxes and green bonds; integrating climate into public investment management systems; strengthening accountability and transparency of climate spending.
- Skills and Capacity Building: CAW projects will support capacity building activities in the context of evolving climate challenges. Recognizing the imperative of transitioning to climate-smart technologies and practices across key sectors like energy, agriculture, and transport, the CAW is committed to supporting initiatives that bridge the current skills gap. By facilitating upskilling of the workforce, promoting innovation, and endorsing the adaptation of new technologies, the CAW seeks to elevate national systems, with a particular focus on higher education and research capabilities. This ensures not only a proactive response to climate disruptions but also a robust foundation for RMCs to integrate and capitalize on climate-resilient strategies.
- For this adaptation call, the Climate Action Window will allocate approximately US$ 258 million. The funding is in the form of grants. Funding requested for a single project or programme may range between US$ 5 million to 15 million. In exceptional cases and on recommendation by the Independent Evaluation Panel, funding may be granted above or below these limits.
- CAW projects are expected to originate from four potential sources. These sources include projects form the ADF funded pipeline that seek additional financing and meet the CAW eligibility criteria; projects in the ADF pipeline that meet the CAW eligibility criteria; projects emanating from the national climate change framework documents of ADF countries, including NAPs, NDCs, LTS etc.; and CAW-aligned projects emanating from special initiatives at the Bank or its partners. CAW is open to various eligible entities, including governments, intergovernmental bodies, non-sovereign entities, and Bank departments.
Eligible ADF Countries
- Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, GuineaBissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, São Tomé & Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
- Governments and government entities of ADF countries.
- African Development Bank departments: Bank departments may submit proposals directly or may work with eligible external beneficiaries to support them in preparing high quality project concept notes.
- Regional or sub-regional intergovernmental bodies and other intergovernmental vehicles including climate centers, river basin organizations, economic communities.
- Non-sovereign entities (such as NGOs and UN Agencies) that fulfil the eligibility criteria.
- Proposals from consortia are allowed, if all members of the consortium are eligible.
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