Training South African Stakeholders in Preparing a Project Proposal for the Green Climate Fund


In order to achieve the goal of the Paris Climate Agreement of limiting the global temperature increase to well below two degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels, considerable efforts are required to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. A key factor in this context is the financing of mitigation and adaptation measures. To support developing countries and emerging economies in their efforts to build a more resilient, low-emission future, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) was launched in 2010 and has become a cornerstone of the international architecture of climate finance within a short period of time.

With financial resources from the GCF, South Africa is preparing a project proposal in the area of waste management, which aims at scaling up the "Waste Management Flagship Programme" from currently twelve to potentially thirty municipalities in the future. The programme aims to support municipalities in developing organic waste recycling strategies. South Africa has initiated a paradigm shift in its national waste management sector to transition from an end-of-pipeline disposal-based system to a circular economy.

Commissioned by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, adelphi developed a comprehensive training curriculum tailored to the South African waste sector, which empowered local stakeholders to independently develop the project components required for the GCF funding proposal. In addition to financing issues, the interactive training focused on elements of project design as well as management and implementation strategies. The development and implementation of the training is carried out in close collaboration with GIZ and South Africa’s Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF).