Environmental health: Accessing and implementing GCF readiness funds

25 February 2020 | Q&A

The World Health Organization (WHO) has been approved as a Green Climate Fund (GCF) Readiness Delivery Partner, enabling WHO to support countries in accessing GCF Readiness funds, undertaking adaptation planning and developing strategic frameworks to build their programming with the GCF. To provide further guidance in accessing GCF financing for health-related readiness activities, some of the most common questions we have received regarding the readiness process for the health sector are answered below.

Readiness Delivery Partners provide services such as: support to NDAs in the development of readiness request proposals; implementation and supervision; financial management; progress reporting; and project completion and evaluation.

WHO can support countries in developing readiness proposals in cooperation with NDAs and implementing readiness activities for health such as conducting a health vulnerability and adaptation assessment, developing the health component of the national adaptation plan (H-NAP), assessing the health co-benefits of mitigation, the development of a full project proposal or any other health priority issues as agreed with the NDA.

Full project proposals (not readiness proposals) must be developed by a GCF Accredited Entity (AE). WHO is currently not an AE of the GCF.  WHO can assist with the development of full project proposals for submission to GCF (although not as part of a readiness proposal) and implement activities as part of a GCF-funded project, however, an AE is responsible for project proposal submission and then managing the overall project. 

Funding caps are applied depending on the results of the Financial Management Capacity Assessment (FMCA) where the track record of the delivery partner is analyzed. Currently, there is no funding cap for WHO as a Delivery Partner, so for any project for which WHO is a delivery partner the funding caps for that country will apply.

The only funding caps that applies are related to the specific countries: the USD 3 million per country cap on support for adaptation planning (Objective 3) and the annual cap of USD 1 million per country. These two caps work independently of each other. The USD 1 million cap is applied on approvals per calendar year, not implementation period. For example, in 2020, a country may be approved for Grant A of USD 1 million with an 18-month implementation term ending in 2021. That country would not be able to access another readiness grant under the USD 1 million cap system in 20202. However, in 20201, they could submit Grant B for up to USD 1 million for an implementation term concurrent, at least in part, with Grant A.

The readiness proposal must be submitted by the country’s NDA and as such, it is very important to have the NDA’s support at an early stage, ideally at proposal conceptualization.  It is equally important to ensure that the proposal is developed in partnership with the Ministry of Health (or equivalent Government department) and other relevant Government counterparts. 

For proposals in which WHO is the delivery partner, WHO Headquarters (HQ), ), specifically the Assistant Director General for the Division of Healthier Populations, is the appropriate contact point for section 1.4 of the readiness template. Other relevant WHO contacts may also be added in section 1.4 in addition to HQ. Please also include villalobose@who.int in your email correspondence.

WHO HQ will receive funds directly from the GCF. The funding transfer to country offices will depend on the implementation arrangement of the approved proposal and only allowed when such arrangements have been approved by the GCF.

The role of a delivery partner of any approved readiness activities is the implementation of the said activities. Hence, if WHO is the selected and approved readiness delivery partner for that specific proposal, WHO will be responsible for ensuring the activities are implemented as outlined in the proposal. 

However, to ensure effective delivery of proposal activities it is crucial that the proposal is developed in partnership with the Ministry of Health (or equivalent Government department) and the NDA. 

As a starting point for readiness proposal development, please consider the following steps (these steps are provided as a suggestion, however, the actual process will depend on the country context):

  1. Identify the needs of the health sector in relation to climate change. If your country’s action plans have been already established, such plans could serve a good reference point;
  2. Review the with the GCF Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme Guidebook to match your country needs with eligible activities for the Readiness Programme;
  3. In partnership with the Ministry of Health (MoH) formulate the needs and categorize them into one or more of the five relevant funding objectives listed above;
  4. With the MoH, inform your NDA that WHO is now a delivery partner of Readiness Programme and communicate the identified needs to the NDA;
  5. Undertake a trilateral discussion between NDA, WHO and GCF Secretariat (Regional Officers in DCP) on the potential proposal. This communication should be ongoing throughout the proposal development process;
  6. Determine the NDA’s interest in the proposed activities and, with the MoH, discuss the opportunity for WHO to access readiness funds could be accessed as a delivery partner;
  7. Check with the NDA the availability of readiness funds under the two funding options, considering other readiness proposals that have been submitted or are under development;
  8. Complete the required documentation (listed in the readiness proposal template) in partnership with the MoH and any other partners and provide to the NDA for submission.

 

There are no deadlines for submitting a proposal to access the USD 3 million one-time funding bucket for NAP/adaptation planning.

For access to the USD 1 million per year (i.e. all non-NAP (/H-NAP) proposals), there are submission cycles with the following deadlines:

Submissions against 2020 annual caps:

  • 2nd submission cycle deadline:   31 March 2020
  • 3rd submission cycle deadline:    30 June 2020
  • 4th submission cycle deadline:    31 August 2020       

The submission cycles are only indicative timelines for GCF and the approval of the proposal is subject to the quality of submission.

The final 4 th submission cycle deadline is the final deadline to submit proposals to be eligible to be counted against the 2020 Readiness cap. The Secretariat will make every effort to process, review, and approve Readiness proposals submitted by the 31 August deadline to fall under 2020 Readiness caps. Proposals will be counted against the annual cap for 2020 or 2021 according to the date they are approved, not the date they are submitted.

The year it is approved.  For example, if a country submits a readiness proposal in June 2020 but it is not approved until January 2021 it will be part of the USD 1 million cap for 2021.

The GCF Secretariat aims to process approval of all readiness grants within 90 business days from submission date.  For National Adaptation Plan (NAP)/adaptation planning proposals, the GCF Secretariat aims to approve proposals in 110 business days.  However, this does not count the time required for revisions to proposals by the Nationally Designated Authority and/or delivery partner.  On average, for regular readiness proposals, the time from submission to first tranche disbursement is 180 – 200 days. 

 

No, there must be a lead delivery partner that is responsible for the project.  However, where further expertise and/or services are required, other partners may be engaged through established, transparent procurement processes.  

 

More information

Template for Readiness Proposal to the GCF

Publication: GCF Guidebook on Readiness and Preparatory Support

GCF Performance Measurement Framework

GCF Guidelines on Simplified Approval Process

 

Key contacts

WHO HQ

Elena Villalobos | Amy Savage

WHO Regional Offices

Regional Office for Africa: Guy Mbayo Kakumbi

Regional Office for the Americas (Pan American Health Organization): Daniel BussSally Edwards and Jonathan Drewry

Regional Office for South-East Asia: Rasheed Hussein and Faustina Gomez

Regional Office for Europe: Vladimir Kendrovsky and Oliver Schmoll

Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean: Hamed Bakir

Regional Office for the Western Pacific: Genandrialine PeraltaNasir Hassan

GCF Readiness

Daniel Buckley, Readiness Program Senior Specialist

Bolormaa Enkhbat, Regional Officer, Southeast Asia and Pacific 

Corey Fortin, Regional Officer, West, South, and East Asia

Mahendra Saywack, Regional Officer, Latin America and Carribbean

Olade Balo Akakpo, Regional Officer, Africa Region I

Stephen Seres, Regional Officer, Africa Region II 

Salamat Erejepov, Regional Officer, Eastern Europe and Central Asia

GCF Project proposals

Johannah Yoyo Wegerdt (GCF Health and Well-being Specialist)

GCF Readiness

Daniel Buckley, Readiness Program Senior Specialist

Bolormaa Enkhbat, Regional Officer, Southeast Asia and Pacific 

Corey Fortin, Regional Officer, West, South, and East Asia

Mahendra Saywack, Regional Officer, Latin America and Carribbean

Olade Balo Akakpo, Regional Officer, Africa Region I

Stephen Seres, Regional Officer, Africa Region II 

Salamat Erejepov, Regional Officer, Eastern Europe and Central Asia

GCF Project proposals

Johannah Yoyo Wegerdt (GCF Health and Well-being Specialist)