African Union Commission (AUC)

The Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme is an initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB). It is mandated at the highest level by African leaders (AU Summit of Heads of State and Government). The Programme was established to create a solid foundation for Africa’s response to climate change. Beyond the AUC-UNECA-AfDB partnership, the Programme works closely with other African and non-African institutions and partners specialised in climate and development.

Open to Applications : 
Application Time Frame : 

Not specified

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


Financing Award : 
Not Specified
Trustee : 
African Development Bank (AfDB)
Implementing Entity : 

African Union Commission (AUC)

Steps to Access & Application Procedure

Not specified

Organizational and Decision Making Structure

ClimDev-Africa is mandated at regional meetings of African Heads of State and Government, as well as by Africa’s Ministers of Finance, Ministers of Planning and Ministers of Environment. The ACPC serves as the Secretariat for the ClimDev-Africa as well as having its own programmatic activities serving as inputs to the ClimDev-Africa Programme. Other parts of the ClimDev-Africa Programme include the ClimDev Special Fund (CDSF) being established by the AfDB, and the Climate Change and Desertification Unit (CCDU) being established by the AUC.

The ClimDev-Africa programme, and ACPC, governance structure includes:

Meetings of the Chief Executives of the AUC, ECA and AfDB Final accountability for the operation of ClimDev rests with Meetings of the Chief Executives (MCEs) of the AUC, ECA and AfDB. The Chief Executives are responsible for the oversight of ClimDev-Africa Programme in accordance with the general principles of working between the three agencies, and shall seek to enable the smooth operation of the programme, but are not involved in any day to day or operational decision making. The Chief Executives shall receive the Annual Report of the operation of ClimDev-Africa (covering both activities and funding) as well as the minutes of all Steering Committee meetings.
ClimDev Programme Steering Committee (CDSC) The principal oversight of ClimDev is to be provided by the ClimDev Programme Steering Committee (CDSC). The CDSC also acts as the Board to the ClimDev Special Fund which is being established. The CDSC provides the overall direction of the ClimDev-Africa programme, along the following functions: determining the general policy of the programme; approving the annual work programme and budget; and reviewing the annual report of activities.
Members of the CDSC consist of:

the AUC, ECA, and AfDB;
UNEP, UNDP, WMO, and GCOS from the UN system;
Regional Economic Communities (RECs);
Stakeholder representatives;
Partner donors ClimDev-Africa Programme and Governance

Monitoring and Reporting Procedures

Monitoring and review of overall programme achievements shall be against ex‐ante
indicators set out in the Logical Framework, and those derived from the development of a process of collating baseline information during the inception period. ClimDev will report on its own performance against these targets on an annual basis through its Annual Report. In the first instance, it is expected that performance targets will be process based, focusing on establishing ClimDev’s operations and systems and a set of priority outputs. As time goes on, it is expected that performance targets will become more clearly outcome focused.

To obtain funding from ClimDev, each activity funded by the Special Fund will be required to have clear expected outcomes and targets measured by tangible performance indicators. The Annual ClimDev report will report on the achievement of funded activities against the individual project objectives and also indicate how these contribute to the achievement of overall Programme objectives.   

Co-financing Requirements (if applicable)

Not specified

Other Eligibility Criteria Beyond Geography and Income

Not applicable

Contact Information

c/o United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC)
Menelik II Rd
P.O.Box 3001
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel: +251 11 551 7200
Fax: +251 11 551 0350

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