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President’s Office Regional and Local Government (PO-RALG) is conducting a GREEN CLIMATE FUND (GCF) Knowledge exchange workshop in Morogoro from 25th-28th October 2017. The workshop is facilitated by International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED), PO-RALG and Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) – an accredited institution for Global Environment Facility (GEF) and GCF.

The workshop has brought representatives from PO-RALG, Ministry of Finance and Planning, Ministry of Health, Community development, Gender, Seniors and Children and the Ministry of Water and Irrigation. Other representatives are from the Institute of Rural Development Planning (IRDP),Local Government Training Institution (LGTI), Ardhi University and the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) and Hakikazi Catalyst.

The overall objective of the workshop is to prepare for the finalizing of new policies and frameworks, the GCF accreditation application and project development in 2018 by leveraging DBSA’s GCF experiences:

  • Provide the missing knowledge to PO-RALG through contextualization of the GCF accreditation application
  • Help PO-RALG understand the needs and mechanisms for institutionalizing new E&S, gender and project management functions and the links between these different functions
  • Help PO-RALG to understand improvements required for strengthening new draft policies and frameworks
  • Help PO-RALG to understand the application of E&S, gender and project management functions within the GCF framework and through practical case study examples
  • Establish collaborations (matchmaking) between the relevant technical experts of DBSA and PO-RALG to leverage knowledge sharing beyond the workshop

Tanzania begins preparations for transformational climate financing

Presently, there is a trend within international climate finance towards large-scale investments rather than local community projects. This trend has been no different within the world’s largest climate fund – the Green Climate Fund (GCF), with subnational entities remaining on the fringes of decision making. In June 2016, thirty-seven (37) local practitioners gathered in Dodoma, Tanzania, for their first GCF training workshop – “Accessing the Green Climate Fund in Tanzania” – to prepare the President’s Office for Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG) for GCF accreditation and project development. This would allow PO-RALG to gain direct access to the GCF’s significant financial recourses, helping to channel climate finance to the local level.


This two-day training workshop provided an overview of the climate finance landscape, and the GCF’s processes, procedures and concepts to the thirty-seven participants from PO-RALG, the Institute for Rural Development Planning (IRDP), and the Local Government Training Institute (LGTI). It was part of the inception phase of the project to build PO-RALG’s capacities for GCF engagement led by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), within IIED’s and the UN Capital Development Fund’s (UNCDF) wider programme to scale-out devolved climate finance in Tanzania through to 2021 – funded by UK AID.

The workshop

Climate and local financing experts from IIED, Neha Rai and Ced Hesse, in collaboration with Dr Lucy Ssendi from PO-RALG, delivered introductory climate finance and GCF specific training across two days in six key areas:

  1. The climate finance regime and climate finance context: and introduction to the key international and national stakeholders with respect to climate finance in Tanzania, from the UNFCCC to climate change mitigation and adaptation investment priorities in Tanzania.
  2. Overview of the GCF: an introduction to the basics of the GCF, including how Tanzania can go about accessing its funding, and the role different local and international entities may play in maximising the use of these financial recourses.
  3. Accessing the GCF – getting national entities accredited: an overview of the GCF accreditation processes. The standards and processes, which a national Tanzanian entity must be able to portray to directly, access GCF funding. This consisted of an introduction to the GCFs basic and specialised fiduciary standards, and its Environment and Social Safeguards (ESS).
  4. How can entities demonstrate basic fiduciary standards: delving deeper into the basic fiduciary standards of the GCF, including the key administrative and financial capacities, and transparency and accountability functions required, and how prospective accredited entities can demonstrate these required capacities.
  5. How can entities demonstrate specialised fiduciary standards: delving deeper into the GCFs specialised fiduciary functions on project management, grant awarding, on-lending and blending, as well as the GCF’s ESS. This included a review of the skills and capacities required by prospective accredited entities.
  6. Proposal development processes: an overview of the GCF’s proposal development process, including the Funds investment framework and risk appetite, as well as the linkages with Tanzanian climate change and development strategies.

These basics on the GCF were also disseminated through awareness raising material developed by PO-RALG and IIED, called: “Eight things to know about the Green Climate Fund”, providing a “snapshot” of the GCF processes and procedures to help PO-RALG staff members and other national stakeholders build their knowledge on GCF concepts and standards. Available at: http://pubs.iied.org/pdfs/10160IIED.pdf

In addition to information dissemination, the workshop provided opportunities for discussion with question and answer sessions (Q&A) and group breakouts, enabling PO-RALG to:

  • Identify focal persons from relevant departments for the GCFs basic, specialised and ESS accreditation standards. It is important to make sure the relevant expertise for all requirements and policies are in place;
  • Mock development of project proposals in-line with national Tanzanian climate and development strategies (National Climate Change Communication Strategy [NCCCS] and National Climate Change Strategy [NCCS]). The four groups which undertook this exercise all developed project ideas around water security, including: rice and semi-arid irrigation systems, community managed dams in dry-land areas, and the construction of drip wells in local government authorities.

Looking ahead

This workshop provided just the first stage of readiness support from IIED and IRDP to assist PO-RALG in GCF accreditation and project development, providing PO-RALG staff with the basics of the GCF, and the importance of collaborating with national stakeholders, especially the National Designated Authority – VPO:

In addition to this collaboration and awareness raising phase, IIED and IRDP in close collaboration with the VPO, will assist PO-RALG further by facilitating:

  • An institutional assessment and gap analysis of PO-RALG with respect to the GCFs accreditation standards and project development capacity, followed by a consensus building workshop to agree upon the type of accreditation PO-RALG shall seek;
  • Capacity development to fill the accreditation and project development gaps identified during the institutional assessment; and
  • Liaising with the VPO and the GCF Secretariat to facilitate the nomination and successful submission of PO-RALGs accreditation, concept note and subsequently project proposal submissions to the GCF.

In collaboration with the VPO, further awareness raising material will be developed to help PO-RALG and other prospective national accredited entities in Tanzania undergo accreditation with the GCF. This will include a jointly developed GCF accreditation toolkit explaining in greater depth the requirements for GCF accreditation and project development.