PR 9.2 Direct access to adaptation funding: five years of experience by pioneering organisations

Tuesday 10 May, 13.30 – 15.15, Diamond Room I

Being first of three international funds to allow ‘direct access’ to its resources, the Adaptation Fund enables countries to have their agencies directly manage funds for adaptation projects, which helps them break free from reliance on international organisations. Twenty countries have successfully done so. In this panel session, the Fund and four national implementing entities will share their experiences in direct access, discuss the challenges they encountered in pioneering this ground-breaking modality, and chart out possibilities for the future. The speakers will also discuss what this experience can offer to the new scaled up adaptation resources expected to become available.

Organised by Mikko Ollikainen, Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat, USA
Partners Centre de Suivi Ecologique, Senegal
Micronesia Conservation Trust, Federated States of Micronesia
South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa
Chair Mikko Ollikainen, Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat, Finland / USA
Rapporteur Hugo Remaury, Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat, Senegal / USA
Presentations

The Adaptation Fund experience: what we have learned
Daouda Ndiaye, Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat, Senegal / USA

Getting ready for direct access: how experiences from the first National Implementing Entity (NIE) and the first direct access project can help other developing countries
Dethie Soumare Ndiaye, Centre de Suivi Ecologique, Senegal

Direct access as a learning exercise: developing pilot initiatives in different states and sectors
B. Suri Babu, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, India

Experiences from a small island developing state: how to use small country organisations to access funds directly
Lisa Andon, Micronesia Conservation Trust, Federated States of Micronesia

Experiences from the first ‘enhanced direct access‘ programme, small grants facility for climate change adaptation completely managed at the country level
Mandy Barnett, South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa

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