The United Nations Development Programme is an international organization with a strong global presence and mandate concentrated on development, with a focus on sustainable development, climate change and disaster resilience, and governance. UNDP works in partnership with entities, such as national governments, United Nations agencies, civil society organizations, and development banks, in order to support the coordinated delivery of financing to achieve transformational impact in the areas of mitigation and adaptation. Its work in adaptation covers all developing countries in all regions and includes a strong portfolio in least developed countries, small island developing states and African states. 

Project Value Threshold
Medium (USD 50m >total project costs and < 250 m)
Environmental and Social Risk Category
Category B (Project has mild adverse risks that would likely be reversible)

Adaptation activities include integrated climate change strategies, national adaptation plans, national planning and budgeting frameworks; cross-sectoral climate-resilient livelihoods; climate-resilient integrated water resource and coastal management; ecosystem-based adaptation; and climate-resilient energy and infrastructure. In mitigation, UNDP supports developing countries in order to create enabling environments for investment in mitigation technologies and land-uses at scale, with activities in: low-carbon energy access solutions (rural mini-grids, bio-energy and green charcoal supply chains), grid-connected renewables, energy efficient buildings and appliances, and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

Project Pipeline & Opportunities
Engagement Process

UNDP only responds to requests made directly by the NDA for UNDP assistance.

Countries interested in engaging UNDP will need to get in touch, through their NDA, with UNDP at the country level.

A formal letter of request for UNDP assistance will be required along with an idea note. 

UNDP will then mobilize a Regional Technical Advisor (out of the Bangkok Regional Hub) to compliment the UNDP Country Office to assist with the screening of the project idea in terms of (a) technical viability; (b) alignment with GCF’s investment framework and (c) alignment with UNDP’s Accreditation Status.

If the country- led idea is compliant with all three criteria, UNDP will then assist the NDA to develop the idea into a concept note.

A concept note will need to be prepared with the support of a large team of experts (safeguards, investment appraisal, subject matter specialists etc) mobilized by UNDP, in partnership with the Government.  Once the concept note is prepared,  it will be subject to an internal-peer review and upon the agreement of the NDA, will be sent to the GCF Secretariat for comment. 

Once comments have been received, and it is deemed a viable project for GCF to potentially finance, full proposal development work will commence. Once the proposal is ready, and the NDA has reviewed and provided a letter of no-objection, it will be sent to the GCF Secretariat to commence the formal review process prior to tabling for an appropriate Board meeting.