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 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. To date, LDCF projects presented for approval have been selected based on agreed upon factors for prioritization.
Click here for more detailed information. Relevant templates and forms can be found here.
Find additional information on how to access GEF funding here.
Click here for the list of GEF Agencies.
The complete list of Operational Focal Points, including name, position, government agency, complete address, phone, fax and e-mail, can be accessed here.
Once approved, the GEF Agency and project proponents develop the project concept into a complete project proposal, which includes developing the technical, risk mitigation, and business details.
The process to secure funding varies depending on whether the size of the activity and required funding
All relevant templates and field by field explanations for different types of projects can be found here.
Cumulative funding of approx. USD 1.2 billion (as of November 2018).
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.