About the NDC Funding and Initiatives Navigator

What is the NDC Funding and Initiatives Navigator? 

The Funding and Initiatives Navigator is a searchable database of financial and technical assistance programs available for implementing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). It aggregates information on existing sources of assistance to help users identify and access relevant funding opportunities, initiatives for capacity building, expertise, and other types of support for planning and implementing NDCs under the Paris Agreement. Countries that provide support can also benefit, as the Navigator displays existing efforts, which can assist in identifying areas for improved coordination. 

How do I use the NDC Funding and Initiatives Navigator? 

The NDC Funding and Initiatives Navigator is a searchable database. 

  1. Use one or more search filters to define the type of fund or initiative for your search. Most filters allow you to select multiple options to include more results. Using more than one filter will narrow results to entries that satisfy all the filters. . 

  2. Add or remove filters to refine the results 

  3. Select one fund or initiative to review the specific details for that entry, including contact or website information for contacting the fund or program directly. 

  4. Finally, download or share your search results or information on a single fund or initiative. 

Why is the NDC Funding and Initiatives Navigator needed? 

As countries begin planning for implementation of NDCs, it is important for them to have an overview of the landscape of existing financial and technical support that they can access during this process. The Navigator will help developing country practitioners quickly identify the most relevant financial and technical support that is available and accessible to them. These funds and initiatives should be understood as complementing a broader set of sources of development finance. 

The Navigator will also be able to play a role in helping donor governments and other providers of assistance understand the current landscape of support so they can coordinate across sectors and objectives, and ultimately, target new support to gaps in the current flows of assistance. 

The Funding and Initiatives Navigator is designed to increase awareness and access around existing funding and assistance programs for governments seeking support to implement their NDCs. 

Who are the target users of the Navigator? 

The Navigator is designed for two key user groups: 

  1. Government officials and other stakeholders involved in planning or implementing climate policies at the country level who need help identifying relevant and accessible financial and technical assistance programs to support NDC planning and implementation. 

  2. Donor country governments and multilateral organizations seeking greater coordination and transparency in targeting their support for NDC planning and implementation. 

Who submits data to the Navigator? 

Primarily, officials within donor governments responsible for NDC related support programs or their equivalents, as well as managers at multilateral institutions, are invited to submit information on funds and initiatives relevant to NDC planning and implementation that they manage or support. The comprehensiveness and accuracy of the Navigator relies upon countries and organizations voluntarily supplying information. 

Funds from private organizations and foundations will be invited to include information in the future. 

How do I submit information to the Navigator? 

Countries and organizations that offer assistance are encouraged to provide information on their funds and initiatives so that countries seeking support can find them through the Navigator. 

Please contact us for details on how to submit records. 

How are “fund” and “initiative” defined? 

For the purpose of the Navigator, a fund is defined as a source of predominantly financial assistance (such as grants, loans, or financial risk management tools) as the mode of support. Mechanisms and programs that are open to application, as well as existing bilateral engagements are captured in the Navigator. (Please refer below to the question about aggregation of bilateral support.) 

Initiatives are defined as a source of predominantly technical assistance, whether in the form of capacity building, expertise, or materials. 

What type of funds and initiatives are included? 

Funds and initiatives are included based on the following criteria: 

INCLUSION CRITERIA – Should satisfy all of these for inclusion 

  • Designed to be accessed by governments for national and sub-national climate planning and implementation. 

  • Provided by a major institution—e.g., government, multilateral organizations, or non-governmental organizations with government or multilateral organization partners. 

  • Funded by bilateral or multilateral government relationships. 

  • Currently active in at least one recipient country. 

  • Provides support in the form of direct funding, in-kind support, materials, secondments or expertise. 

  • Presents an articulated or obvious potential linkage to NDC planning or implementation, for example, based on the description of initiative, political relevance, or transformative nature of the program. 

  • Objectives directed toward climate mitigation or adaptation (or both) directly, or through capacity building, technical assistance, finance readiness, or other activities. 

  • For Funds: Includes grants, concessional loans, guarantees, market-rate loans, equity, and insurance. 

  • For Initiatives: Includes technical assistance, capacity building, planning, or materials 

EXCLUSION CRITERIA – These may be a reason for exclusion 

  • Focused on development priorities with no articulated connection to climate. 

  • Focused on climate-related research without a relation to NDC planning or implementation. 

  • Represents a nationally-funded program active within only that country. (e.g., Indian program in India). 

  • Related to military operations—e.g., initiatives for mainstreaming climate into military operations. 

Donor governments and other contributing entities are given discretion in which funds and initiatives to include with regard to NDC relevance. Additionally, the scope of the navigator may be broadened over time to include, for example, private sources of funding. 

What is considered a unique fund or initiative? 

A single fund or initiative constitutes a single budget allocation aggregated to the level of common procedures or eligibility requirements for accessing the finance or assistance. For example, an initiative with its own separate funding and eligibility requirements is considered unique. 

All funds or initiatives open to application by receiving countries are included as separate entries. This includes, for example, multilateral or regional funds. 

Bilateral support is presented differently than funds and initiatives open to application. Bilateral support provided by each donor country is typically included as separate entries – one entry for each recipient country that the donor country supports. 

Limitations 

The NDC Funding and Initiatives Navigator is not intended to be comprehensive of all NDC or climate-related support programs or all avenues to development support. The funds and initiatives included are based on the information submitted to the Navigator, and may not include all types of support available for NDC or climate action planning and implementation. 

Additionally, the funds and initiatives included in the Navigator do not represent all the means by which countries can achieve climate action implementation or development goals. There are other assistance programs related to sustainable development not included in the scope of the Navigator that can help countries achieve climate action and development goals. 

Who made the NDC Funding and Initiatives Navigator? 

The NDC Funding and Initiatives Navigator is a collaboration under the NDC Partnership between the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Government of Morocco, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat, and World Resources Institute. It will be maintained by the NDC Partnership Support Unit. 

For more information about the NDC Funding and Initiatives Navigator, please contact knowledgeportal@ndcpartnership.org