Capacity-Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT)

Global Environment Facility (the CBIT Council)

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:
(a) To strengthen national institutions for transparency-related activities in line with national priorities;
(b) To provide relevant tools, training and assistance for meeting the provisions stipulated in Article 13 of the Agreement;
(c) 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.

Open to Applications : 
Yes
Application Time Frame : 

On a rolling basis.

Climate Objective : 
Both Mitigation and Adaptation
Administrator Type : 
Intergovernmental Organization
Financial Instruments Offered : 
Grants
Direct Access : 
Yes
Fund Size : 

Eleven donors have pledged more than $50 USD million to the CBIT,

Financing Award : 
Not Applicable
Trustee : 
Not applicable
Implementing Entity : 

GEF Secretariat through GEF Partner Agency/Agencies, as per the established policies and procedures of the GEF.

Steps to Access & Application Procedure

Developing countries can request resources to implement the priority needs to build capacity to meet enhanced transparency requirements as defined in Article 13 of the Paris Agreement at the national level (https://www.thegef.org/gef/sites/thegef.org/files/documents/EN_GEF.C.50....):
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 US$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.

Organizational and Decision Making Structure

Proposals will be considered as per the established policies and procedures of the GEF, and the decision will be made by the GEF Council for the full-sized projects and by the GEF CEO for the medium-sized projects.

Monitoring and Reporting Procedures

Not specified

Co-financing Requirements (if applicable)

Co-financing is required.

Other Eligibility Criteria Beyond Geography and Income

In line with the Paris Agreement and its decision, all developing country Parties will have access to the CBIT, upon request and according to the available resources.

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.

Contact Information

https://www.thegef.org/gef/CC/capacity-building-initiative-for-transparency

CBIT: Chizuru Aoki, Lead Environmental Specialist, GEF, caoki@thegef.org

Last Updated : 
19.06.17