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Capacity-Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT)

The Paris Agreement was adopted at the Twenty-First Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Paragraph 84 of the COP decision adopting the Paris Agreement decided to establish “a Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency in order to build institutional and technical capacity, both pre- and post-2020”. The CBIT is proposed to support activities aligned with its aim at the national and regional/global levels.

The Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT), as per paragraph 85 of the COP decision adopting the Paris Agreement, will aim:

  • To strengthen national institutions for transparency-related activities in line with national priorities;
  • To provide relevant tools, training and assistance for meeting the provisions stipulated in Article 13 of the Agreement;
  • To assist in the improvement of transparency over time.

The GEF Secretariat will make a dedicated effort to enhance awareness about the CBIT and to encourage countries to access support, including through outreach activities in connection with UNFCCC meetings, GEF Extended Constituency Workshops, National Dialogues, GEF Introduction Seminars, workshops and meetings organized by relevant partner institutions, and other activities.

Purpose of support 
Creating enabling environments and building institutional capacity
Steps to access  

Developing countries can request resources to implement the need to build capacity at the national level to meet enhanced transparency requirements as defined in Article 13 of the Paris Agreement:
1. Activities to strengthen national institutions for transparency-related activities in line
with national priorities;
2. Activities to provide relevant tools, training, and assistance for meeting the provisions
stipulated in Article 13;
3. Activities to assist with improvement of transparency over time.

All developing country Parties may make proposals that meet CBIT objectives to access CBIT resources. The CBIT will seek to fund a diversity of countries and regions, taking into account of each country’s capacity. Proposals for both full-sized projects and medium-sized projects, as per the established policies and procedures of the GEF, will be considered. Medium-sized projects can be submitted for CEO consideration on a rolling basis, consistent with regular processing modalities.
Proposals will be prioritized based on demonstrated responsiveness to Paris Agreement transparency requirements under Article 13. Proposals will also be prioritized for those countries that are in most need of capacity-building assistance for transparency-related activities, in particular small island developing States (SIDs) and least developed countries (LDCs).
Each country may request up to USD 100,000 for an optional capacity needs assessment.

Countries will be requested to submit a proposal to the GEF Secretariat through GEF Partner Agency/Agencies, as per the established policies and procedures of the GEF. Engagement of national entities as execution partners will be strongly encouraged. Proposals should identify priorities to be addressed as well as robust justifications for the level of support requested.

Climate objective 
Adaptation, Mitigation, Cross-cutting
Type of support provider 
Multilateral
Type of recipient 
Public entity at the national level
Fund size 

​Eleven donors have pledged more than USD 50 million to the CBIT.

Co-financing required 
Yes
Application timeframe 

On a rolling basis.

Trustee or administrator 
Global Environment Facility (the CBIT Council)
Contact information 
https://www.thegef.org/gef/CC/capacity-building-initiative-for-transparency