Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF)

The Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) was established in 2001 under the UNFCCC, and is mandated to provide funding to the least developed country (LDCs) to help prepare and implement National Adaptation Programs of Action (NAPAs). NAPAs are country-driven strategies that identify the most immediate needs of LDCs to adapt to climate change. Target sectors include water; agriculture and food security; health; disaster risk management and prevention; infrastructure; and fragile ecosystems. The LDCF focuses on reducing the vulnerability of target sectors, financing on-the-ground adaptation activities with concrete results.

The GEF Programming Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change for the LDCF and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) (July 2018-June 2022) serves as a basis for programming resources under the LDCF. The goal of the strategy is to strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerability to the adverse impacts of climate change in developing countries, and support their efforts to enhance adaptive capacity. To achieve this goal, the strategy emphasizes three strategic objectives for the LDCF:

  • Objective 1: Reduce vulnerability and increase resilience through innovation and technology transfer for climate change adaptation;
  • Objective 2: Mainstream climate change adaptation and resilience for systemic impact; and
  • Objective 3: Foster enabling conditions for effective and integrated climate change adaptation.

The fund is managed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and follows the GEF-7 Adaptation Strategy.

Purpose of support 
Project and program implementation
Information on how to...



1
Understand steps to access
2
Partner with a GEF Agency
3
Submit a funding proposal
Climate objective 
Adaptation
Sectors and themes 
Agriculture, Ecosystem adaptation, Education, Energy efficiency, Industry and Infrastructure, Renewable Energy, Rural, Transportation, Urban, Waste management, Oceans and Coastal Resources, Disaster risk reduction, Health, Gender, Jobs and Livelihoods, Poverty, Water
Type of support provider 
Multilateral
Type of recipient 
Public entity at the national level, Non-profit or civil society organization, International organization, Other
Fund size 

Cumulative funding of approx. USD 1.2 billion (as of November 2018).

Co-financing required 
No
Application timeframe 

The modality for Council approval of LDCF projects is on a rolling structure on a no
objection basis, in line with the mandate of the LDCF to support the most urgent and
immediate needs of LDCs in adapting to climate change. Projects constituting the work program are
selected based on agreed upon factors for prioritization, similarly to the process undertaken for
the GEF Trust Fund.

Trustee or administrator 
World Bank
Contact information 
https://www.thegef.org/topics/least-developed-countries-fund-ldcf
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