Clim-Dev Special Fund (CDSF)

Climate Objective
Sectors and Themes
Disaster Risk Reduction
Type of Support Provider
Type of Recipient
Public entity at the national level
Public entity at the sub-national level
Public entity at the regional level
Non-profit or civil society organization
Community-level organization
Fund Size

EUR 36 million

Co-financing Requirement
Trustee or Administrator
African Development Bank (AfDB), African Union Commission (AUC), and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
Contact Information

Khadidida Diabi, Principal Cooperation Officer

Middle East and North Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa

The goal of the CDSF is to pool resources to contribute to sustainable development and, in particular, poverty reduction by preparing and implementing climate-resilient development programs that mainstream climate change information at all levels in Africa. The objective of the CDSF is to strengthen the institutional capacities of national and sub-regional bodies to formulate and implement effective climate-sensitive policies. CDSF is the investment arm of the ClimDev-Africa program. The CDSF has three focus areas:

  • Result Area I: Projects that are intended for generation, wide dissemination and use of reliable and high quality climate information for development in Africa;
  • Result Area II: Projects for capacity enhancement of policy makers and policy support institutions through the generation of quality analysis and evidence on climate change and its implications for Africa, for use in development planning and actions;
  • Result Area III: Projects that are for pilot adaptation practices that demonstrate the value of mainstreaming climate information in development planning and practices, for subsequent awareness raising and advocacy to inform decision-making
Purpose of Support
Project and program implementation
Funding Type
Monitoring and Reporting Procedures

Mid-Term Review Missions are planned for projects that have been operational for over half of the implementation period (3 years) or projects whose implementation modalities have changed thus necessitating both budget and log frame reviews. These include both national and regional projects.

Organizational and Decision Making Structure

The governance structure of the Fund consists of

  1. the ClimDev–Africa Programme Steering Committee (CDSC) that reports to the Programme Executive Board which comprises the Chief Executives of the AfDB, AUC and UNECA;
  2. the AfDB Board of Directors, and its governance structure, and
  3. a CDSF Coordination Unit headed by a Coordinator.

Overall decision-making with regard to CDSF operations will be carried out through two main organs: the Steering Committee and the AfDB Board of Directors. For purposes of Programme Coordination, the CDSF Coordination Unit will liaise with the ClimDev-Africa Secretariat.

Eligibility Criteria

African countries of dedicated institutions, organizations, agencies undertaking activities in the territory of these countries NGO,CSO and CBO: to be eligible, these organizations should demonstrate their credibility and track record in the CDSF areas on intervention.

Eligible Countries

African Countries

Information on how to

Apply through the following steps:

  1. Download the CDSF operations and procedures manual at
  2. Submit a complete project concept note according to Annex III of CDSF Operations and Procedures manual.
  3. Submit final application to:

Grants are provided to projects in line with the ClimDev-Africa Programme’s goal, purpose and results areas and are implemented by national and regional organisations at all levels on the continent. The AfDB will manage the fund’s operation in accordance with Article 8 of the Bank.