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 countries (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 key 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.
The process to secure funding varies depending on whether the activities relate to Full-sized Projects (GEF Project Financing of more than USD 2 million), Medium-sized Projects (GEF Project Financing of less than or equivalent to USD 2 million), or Programs (consisting of various distinct projects that could be either full or medium-sized). You can find additional information on project access below.
Click here for a more detailed explanation of the rules governing the cycles for GEF-financed Projects and Programs. 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 activities relate to Full-sized Projects (GEF Project Financing of more than US $2 million), Medium-sized Projects (GEF Project Financing of less than or equivalent to USD 2 million), or Programs (consisting of various distinct projects that could be either full or medium-sized).
All relevant templates and field by field explanations for different types of projects can be found here.
The LDCF has financed over 250 projects with approximately USD 1.7 billion in grants
Based on a work program constitution to be approved by the LDCF/SCCF Council, similarly to the process undertaken for the GEF Trust Fund.