AFDB’s Africa Climate Change Fund dialogues with Global Affairs Canada delegation

The African Development Bank has approved a donation of over EUR 34 million to Chad to improve water and sanitation in the country. The project aims to improve the living conditions of people in semi-urban and rural areas by giving them access to drinking water and sanitation.

The Director of the African Development Bank’s  Climate Change and Green Growth Department, Prof. Anthony Nyong recently received a delegation from Global Affairs Canada’s Cooperation for Pan-African and Regional Development Program in Cote D’Ivoire.

The delegation, led by Mrs. Lara Bremner, Head of the Program, was in Abidjan as part of its engagement with key Pan-African and regional partners, including the African Development Bank’s Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF). Mrs. Eve Sandra Beremwoudougou, First Secretary and Senior International Assistance Officer and GAC’s representative on the ACCF’s Oversight Committee, accompanied her.

Global Affairs Canada, a Canadian government Department, joined the ACCF in March 2020 as a donor with a contribution of 7 million Canadian Dollars to support the Fund’s work to develop a gender transformative climate change workstream focused on women and girls’ empowerment for climate resilience.

Welcoming the officials, Nyong highlighted how the bank is mainstreaming climate change into all its investments. He said the ACCF, which has benefitted from Canada’s contributions, is focused on supporting entities such as civil society organizations, non-government organizations, and small businesses, which are often left out of the bank’s main financing, to access climate finance.

“The ACCF is not only providing funds for climate action but also helping to strengthen the capacities of the institutions it engages,” he said, adding that the GAC’s contributions have strengthened the bank’s work in mainstreaming gender into its climate change projects.

In her remarks, Bremner commended the Africa Climate Change Fund and advised on how it could expand its geographic reach and further its engagements with the private sector. She added the need to further share the results of the projects via social media and other platforms. She offered Canada’s support to disseminating the results that the ACCF is delivering.

Ms. Rita Effah, Coordinator of the Africa Climate Change Fund, briefed Bremner on the Fund’s Third Call for Proposal (CFP3) and how the projects selected will address gender inequality across the host countries. The projects cover key sectors such as agriculture, forestry, energy, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

“These projects are expected to contribute to addressing the root causes of gender inequality and to strengthen the resilience of African communities to the impacts of climate change,” Effah stated.

The Manager of the Bank’s Climate Change and Green Growth Division, Dr. Al Hamndou Dorsouma, attended the meeting.

About the ACCF:
The Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF or Fund) is a multi-donor trust fund well positioned to contribute to the achievement of the African Development Bank (AfDB)’s goal to triple its climate financing efforts and foster its drive for a climate-resilient Africa. The AfDB established the ACCF in April 2014 with an initial contribution of €4.725 million from the Government of Germany to support African countries in building their resilience to the negative impacts of climate change and transition to sustainable low-carbon growth. ACCF was converted to a Multi-Donor Trust Fund in 2017 with contributions from the Governments of Flanders, Belgium, and Italy. Global Affairs Canada and the Government of Quebec joined the Fund in 2020 and the Global Center on Adaptation, the Republic of Ireland, and the Federal Ministry of Finance of Austria, in 2022. The size of the trust is $28.8 million.

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