Nepal, Ghana share experiences to accelerate climate action

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Representatives from the Nepal National Designated Authority, the Ministry of Finance, travelled to Ghana to meet with the West African nation’s own NDA, also the Ministry of Finance, as part of a south-south knowledge exchange activity in August.

Ghana and Nepal, like most developing countries, are already feeling the negative impacts of climate change, such as extreme weather, floods and droughts. In an effort to learn from common experiences and strengthen their respective ability to accelerate climate action in their own countries, representatives from the Nepal National Designated Authority, the Ministry of Finance, travelled to Ghana to meet with the West African nation’s own NDA, also the Ministry of Finance, as part of a south-south knowledge exchange activity in August.

During the two-day exchange, organized with support from the UN Environment/UNDP/WRI Green Climate Fund Readiness Programme (GFCRP), representatives from both NDAs, as well as representatives from Direct Access Entities and the GCFRP global coordination team, discussed challenges they had faced in national coordination with inter-governmental agencies for climate finance decision-making. The group also reviewed lessons learnt through  their own experiences moving through the GCF process of accreditation, project development and selection, and broader climate finance-related issues.

The important question of long-term funding for NDA secretariat activities, and how NDAs can sustain GCF-related activities in-country after the current climate-readiness support ends, was raised. NDA representatives from Nepal said they intend to address this by appointing their Climate Finance Unit to spearhead the mobilization of funds for the NDA  beyond the life of the GCFRP project. In Ghana, the NDA secretariat will be funded in part by an annual budget, in part through readiness support that they have applied for from the GCF, and through support from other development partners, thus diversifying the sources of funding to minimize risk.

Nine delegates from Nepal NDA participated in the event, including representatives from the Technical Committee, Climate Finance Unit and the Sectoral Focal Ministry. On Ghana’s side, participants included representatives from the NDA and allied partner institutions such as the Environmental Protection Agency, UN Environment Programme, Social Investment Fund, UN Development Programme, Energy Commission, Climate Action Network, and Ecobank Ghana Limited.

The August South-South exchange was a continuation of this shared learning between the two countries. Nepal’s NDA has been drawing lessons from Ghana’s example since inception of GCFRP activities in July 2016, using its approach to governance mechanisms and NDA operations as a model for its GCF engagement strategy.

At the conclusion of the meeting, both Ghana and Nepal NDA focal points/ secretariat committed to keep sharing new experience and innovative processes through updates and constant communication.

 

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