The run-up to the most recent negotiations of UNFCCC member states (COP20) already gave a taste of the importance of financing for effective mitigation and adaptation measures against global climate change.
Against this backdrop, adelphi and Transparency International organised the side event "Tools for Climate Finance Readiness: building capacity to support increased finance flows" on 12 December 2014. The side event provided an open exchange of insights and experiences with capacity building tools for improving climate finance readiness. The discussions particularly focused on approaches to supporting coherent national finance frameworks, effective and transparent spending structures, access to international climate finance and strengthening integrity.
New toolkit supports developing countries building instrumental capacities for climate finance
Within the framework of the discussions, Dennis Tänzler, Director International Climate Policy at adelphi presented the new Climate Finance Readiness Training (CliFiT) Toolkit. As a comprehensive and innovative collection of information and methods, CliFiT introduces decision-makers, skilled personnel from government ministries and organisations, as well as NGOs, to the challenges and opportunities of climate finance in a systematic way. adelphi developed the CliFiT training toolkit in recent months with financial support from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Development and Economic Cooperation (BMZ). The CliFiT training toolkit was developed with financial support from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) under the framework of the CF Ready Programme on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Development and Economic Cooperation (BMZ).
What is special about CliFiT: with the help of the toolkit and through active involvement, the training aims at giving participants a comprehensive understanding of the field of climate finance. In order to achieve this, the CliFiT training materials are designed for dynamic and interactive training seminars comprising competitive case studies, role plays and simulations as well as exercises for the preparation of stakeholder maps.
CliFiT will provide developing countries and emerging economies an overview of the available financing sources and entry requirements for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and to use the raised funds effectively in order to finance national climate mitigation projects. These competences are of particular importance, as Dennis Tänzler argues in a guest contribution titled "Can climate finance be a policy game-changer?" which was published prior to the COP20 negotiations.
Alongside Dennis Tänzler, Yamil Bonduki (UNDP), Xing Fu-Bertaux (GIZ), Zakir Hussain Khan (Transparency International Bangladesh) and Belynda Petrie (OneWorld) also spoke on the panel. Moderation of the discussion was provided by Brice Böhmer of Transparency International.