Attracting climate funds begins with good project proposals

Release date: 

Apr 28 2016

Country officials at the USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific Third Annual Forum in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photo credit: USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific

USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific is rolling out a new training course in June 2016 to equip the region’s government officials with practical skills and knowledge to prepare climate change adaptation project proposals that meet the strict standards of funding agencies.

Filling a capacity gap that USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific has identified, the course seeks to raise the level of understanding among government officials working on climate change adaptation, of what constitutes an acceptable project proposal and, importantly, how to manage the project preparation process.

“After spending over four years helping country officials develop project proposals, we’ve come to realize that many still lack the experience and expertise to prepare proposals to an international standard,” said Dr. Peter King, USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific’s Adaptation Project Preparation and Finance Senior Advisor.

“Funding agencies have rigorous standards,” he added. “At the bare minimum, they require project proposals to have a logical flow, a narrative that is accurate and concise, and proposed climate change adaptation interventions to be supported by clear, scientific facts.”

One of the key objectives of USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific is to develop and implement a regionally-driven capacity building program to improve climate change adaptation project preparation skills and help countries access domestic and international financing for adaptation projects.

Incorporating key lessons from directly supporting adaptation project projection since 2011, the USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific “Managing Project Preparation for Climate Change Adaptation Training Course” will serve to build the capacities of government officials to manage the whole climate change adaptation project preparation process, from start to finish. The five-day course specifically targets national-level government officials from ministries of finance, planning, and environment and focuses on their role as managers in identifying, prioritizing, and preparing adaptation projects. Their roles in implementing adaptation projects will also be addressed.

In particular, the course will train participants to link their proposed project ideas to their countries’ existing national climate change strategies, identify potential sources of international finance, and, ultimately, develop a keen understanding of the steps in the project cycle and how to apply them to prepare bankable projects.  “Our intention is not to make our participants experts in climate change adaptation, but rather to help them understand and know enough so that they can effectively manage the entire project preparation process to a successful conclusion,” said Dr. King. “From our experience, we find that better understanding often leads to better management capacity.”

The training course will initially be piloted as part of a series of training events at Climate Change Asia (CCA) at the Asian Institute of Technology in Pathumthani, Thailand. The course will run from June 6-10, 2016 to train a group of selected national government officials from seven countries across Asia.

To reach a wider audience, course materials will be made available on the APAN web portal by June 2016 for NGOs, consulting firms, and other agencies and individuals interested in preparing climate change adaptation projects and programs to download for free.

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