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Bulletin No.4 by Providers of Readiness and Capacity-Building Support for Adaptation. Adaptation Fund Submission

Adaptation Fund


New AF Accreditations:

  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as a Multilateral Implementing Entity (MIE)
  • International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) as a Regional Implementing Entity (RIE)
  • Comisión Acción Social Menonita (CASM) of Honduras as a National Implementing Entity (NIE)


Related publications:

  • Adaptation Fund Accredits UNIDO as its 52nd Implementing Entity to Further Adaptation Action. Read more here.
  • Nepal-Based Center Becomes 7th Regional Implementing Entity of Adaptation Fund. Read more here.
  • Adaptation Fund Accredits New Direct Access Entity, CASM in Honduras, Further Enhancing Access to Climate Finance. Read more here.


The Adaptation Fund was established under the Kyoto Protocol of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  With over US$778,000,000 allocated, the Adaptation Fund gives developing countries full ownership of adaptation projects, from planning through implementation, while ensuring monitoring and transparency at every step. The Fund continues to take some proactive measures to ensure continuity of operations and projects on the ground and continues to deliver capacity-building support in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Capacity-building activities during the period 1 July 2020 – 30 April 2021 

  • 2020 Virtual Workshop on Accessing Adaptation Finance. 

On 3 and 5 November, the Secretariat organized a virtual global accreditation training workshop dubbed “Bridging the gaps in accessing adaptation finance - Lessons from the Adaptation Fund Secretariat, Accreditation Panel and Accredited Entities.” The workshop was intended to help developing countries better understand the Fund’s accreditation process and to close the gaps on accreditation. It was particularly targeted at countries that do not have implementing entities with the Fund or that have just begun and/or yet to submit their accreditation applications to the Secretariat. During the workshop, the Secretariat also introduced the e-Learning course on “Direct Access: Unlocking Adaptation Funding”, which is aimed at addressing the specific challenges and opportunities associated with the Direct Access Modality and the capacity gaps in financial management and fiduciary standards, environmental, social and gender standards and its mitigation factors. The course is available in three languages – English, French and Spanish. The workshop was very successful with 53 participants from different geographic regions, including Africa, Latin America & the Caribbean, Asia & the Pacific, Europe and South Asia. For more information, please visit. 

  • Welcome to the E-training Course on Learning Grants of the Adaptation Fund

This Adaptation Fund E-training provides an overview of knowledge and learning and guidance on how to complete the application form for the Adaptation Fund learning grants. It is a self-paced course that is freely available to all implementing entities and relevant stakeholders interested in learning more about knowledge and learning under the Adaptation Fund, and how to develop a learning grant proposal with the Fund.

English language available here

Spanish language available here

  • 2020 Global Annual NIE Seminar

The Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat (the secretariat) hosted the seventh annual global Climate Finance Readiness Seminar for its accredited National Implementing Entities (NIEs), from 1-3 September 2020. Held virtually on Zoom for the first time, most of Adaptation Fund’s 32 NIEs were among nearly 60 attendees, along with the Technical Evaluation Reference Group (AF-TERG) which was newly established by the Adaptation Fund Board (the Board) to carry out independent evaluation functions. The seminar brings together the Adaptation Fund’s national implementing entities under its pioneering Direct Access modality, which builds country ownership in adapting and building resilience to climate change, to share best practices and lessons learned. The objective of the seminar was to facilitate a forum where the NIEs could engage in discussions sharing project successes & lessons, responses to Covid-19, reaccreditation best practices, as well as project scale-up, innovation & learning grants. The meeting also served to further learning through the Community of Practice for Direct Access Entities (CPDAE).

For more information, please visit

  • Climate Finance Readiness Webinar #11

The eleventh Adaptation Fund Readiness Webinar took take place on 10 November 2020 and was repeated on 11 November 2020 to accommodate NIEs located in different time zone. The webinar discussed the topic:  Climate change adaptation reasoning to support project development and assessing broader vulnerabilities. Over the course of the 2 days, 6 NIEs (NEMC- Tanzania, MoWE- Uganda, IDDI- Dominican Republic, MCT- Micronesia, BTFEC- Bhutan and MFEM- Cook Islands) gave presentations and shared their experiences on approaches to adaptation reasoning during project design and development and how the COVID-19 pandemic had impacted the conceptualization of adaptation reasoning and the context in which adaptation rationale is or will be presented in projects and programmes. The webinar also touched on how adaptation is defined by the Fund and expectations for adequately addressing the adaptation reasoning criteria.

For more information, please visit

  • Adaptation Fund 2020 NIE Virtual Country Exchange Visit in Senegal

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the second country exchange was held as a virtual event jointly with the Adaptation Fund and the Centre de Suivi Ecologique (CSE) which is the accredited NIE for Senegal on 30 November, 3 and 10 December 2020. The combined themes of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Coastal Zone Management were selected by the secretariat based on NIE responses to a survey that was administered by the secretariat ahead of the country exchange.  In general, the objective of country exchange visits under the Readiness Programme is to enhance the accredited NIEs’ capacity for project design, development and implementation by facilitating interaction and engagement with project stakeholders, and facilitation of benchmarking for these NIEs towards an Adaptation Fund project within a sector or model of interest.

For more information, please visit


Upcoming events

  • 19-23 April 2021. Adaptation Fund Virtual Country Exchange on Food Security (virtual event). The secretariat will be hosting the third country exchange as a virtual event covering the theme: Food Security.  The exchange will include a series of online events and discussions between the NIE host, NIE peers, the Adaptation Fund secretariat and project stakeholders. The events will be spaced out over a week in April and a final video capturing the exchange and learning experience is expected to be completed and circulated widely by the end of June 2021.
  • May 2021. Project development training workshop for NIEs (virtual event)
  • June 2021. AF training workshop for NIEs (workshop)
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