Global Environment Facility (GEF)


Integrating climate change and natural resource management for sustainable development in Africa

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) was established on the eve of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to help tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems. Today, the GEF is an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector that addresses global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives. The GEF administers several funds, mainly the GEF Trust Fund (TF), the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF). The GEF TF works through five Focal...

Multinational - The Global Environment Facility for the Programme to rehabilitate and strengthen the resilience of lake Chad basin systems (PRESIBALT)

The fragility that characterizes the Lake Chad Basin stems from complex problems relating to intertwined environmental, security, social, economic, humanitarian and political issues. Food insecurity, natural resource degradation and a difficult humanitarian situation are being exacerbated by a changing climate. The scale of the problem requires a regional approach, including the improvement of socio-ecological systems.

MDB climate finance hit record high of US$ 35.2 billion in 2017

Climate financing by the world’s six largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) rose to a seven-year high of US$ 35.2 billion in 2017, up 28 per cent on the previous year. Read joint MDB report See infographic The MDBs’ latest joint report on climate financing said US$ 27.9 billion, or 79 per cent of the 2017 total, was devoted to climate mitigation projects that aim to reduce harmful emissions and slow down global warming. The remaining 21 per cent, or US$ 7.4 billion, of financing for emerging and developing nations was invested in climate adaptation projects that help...

Promoting environmental and climate change benefits in africa

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is a multilateral donor trust fund established in 1991 to finance actions which address critical threats to the global environment. It brings together 183 member governments in partnership with international institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector. Funding is provided to cover the “incremental” or additional costs associated with transforming a project with national benefits into one with global environmental benefits. The GEF is also the financial mechanism assisting developing countries meet their obligations under various...

Inclusive Climate-Smart Finance – Reaching those most in need

Addressing the climate challenge rests inter alia on the availability of adequate and sustainable climate-smart finance, along with properly designed mechanisms for its smooth provision. Leveraging such mechanisms has the potential to address socio-economic imbalances and political grievances that aggravate communities’ vulnerability and reduce their resilience to the impacts of climate change and extremes. Implementing an inclusive approach – that takes into account the needs, interests and differential vulnerabilities of men and women – in all aspects of project development, including...

African Development Bank, Nordic Development Fund, Global Environment Facility and Calvert Impact Capital partner in US $55-million investment into Off-Grid Energy Access Fund

On December 15, the African Development Bank’s Board approved a US $30-million investment in the Facility for Energy Inclusion Off-Grid Energy Access Fund (“FEI OGEF”). This follows the approval of additional investments of US $10 million from Calvert Impact Capital (CIC), US $8.5 million from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and €6 million from the Nordic Development Fund (NDF). In addition, the NDF will provide a €0.5-million grant for technical assistance to support deal structuring and capacity development. FEI OGEF is a US $100-million...

African Development Bank approves vital LDCF-financed climate change adaptation program in the Horn of Africa

On December 15, 2017, the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved the program “Multinational (Somalia/Sudan) Rural Livelihoods Adaptation to Climate Change in the Horn of Africa II (RLACC II)”. The program is funded by the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for a total amount of US $17 million. RLACC II aims to enhance rural livelihoods by reducing food insecurity through climate adaptive measures in pastoral and agro-pastoral communities. It is a clear response to the devastating drought, environmental degradation, and poverty in the Horn of...

AfDB promotes sustainable, resilient and healthy agro- and forest ecosystems with GEF

On May 24, 2017 at the 52nd Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meeting, the GEF approved a total funding of US $11.2 million for two projects co-financed with the African Development Bank (AfDB). The projects, one in Mali (Scaling up a Multiple Benefits Approach to Enhance Resilience in Agro- and Forest Landscapes of Mali’s Sahel Regions) and the other in Benin (Sustainable Forest Management and Conservation Project in Central and South Benin) focused on the “poorest and most vulnerable”, particularly Least Developed Countries (LDCs), according to the GEF CEO...

AfDB and GEF Support Climate Change Adaptation for Sustainable Water Supply in Malawi and Lesotho

On February 13, 2017, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved a total of US $ 4 million and US $ 2.6 million, respectively, for Lesotho and Malawi as part of additional financing projects with the African Development Bank (AfDB). The funds are mobilized under the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) of the GEF.  The two water supply and sanitation projects which will be implemented in Malawi and Lesotho, will contribute towards addressing constraints in the African Water and Sanitation Sector, more specifically constraints related to exploding peri-...

Bénin : une nouvelle étape de franchie pour le programme « Énergie et Eau pour la Vie »

Une étape de plus vers la mise en œuvre du programme « Energie et Eau pour la Vie » vient d’être franchie au Bénin. Grâce à l’assistance technique fournie par la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) depuis août 2016, le programme dispose désormais de données concrètes en termes de budget et de cadrage institutionnel, ce qui devrait lui permettre de mobiliser les fonds nécessaires à son déploiement sur le terrain.  Le programme « Énergie et Eau pour la Vie » (E+E=V) a pour ambition d’offrir, dans chaque localité du Bénin, l’accès à l’énergie et à l’eau – ...

African Development Bank to leverage climate finance for urban resilience in Africa

The UN climate talks entered their second week in Marrakech, with Ministers and delegates discussing the progress made since Paris. The African Development Bank and its partners are hosting the Africa Pavilion, which provides a space to address issues affecting the continent. Events kicked Monday with a discussion of urban resilience. The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on Monday, November 14 reiterated their commitment to support African cities, which are being impacted by the effects of climate change, and to build resilience. The two...

AfDB with GEF helps to harness the potential of Africa’s transboundary water resources

On October 25 at the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meeting, the GEF approved the funding of USD 6.3 million for a regional project co-financed with the African Development Bank (AfDB). Funded by the International Waters (IW) window of the GEF, the project aims to strengthen transboundary cooperation and integrated natural resources management in the Songwe River Basin, shared by the countries of Malawi and Tanzania.  The Songwe River is a valuable local and regional water course that is facing growing pressures by human and climatic stressors, placing both communities and...

AfDB-GEF Annual Report 2015

Although Africa contributes little to the volume of global greenhouse gas emissions, it is suffering the most from its negative impacts. Erratic weather patterns and pollution have altered ecosystems leading to poor agricultural yields, reduced biodiversity, depletion of clean water resources, and an increase in health concerns.

AfDB Climate Finance Brochure 2016 - Spearheading change - The AfDB role in financing a climate-smart Africa

Premier $8.3 billion global public climate finance instrument with Multilateral Development Banks to support developing countries in renewables, sustainable transport, climate resilience, forests, agricu

African journalists join AfDB to explore the path to a green and powered Africa

In Lusaka during this week’s African Development Bank (AfDB) 2016 Annual Meetings, the Bank and the Earth Journalism Network (EJN), environmental program of the media development NGO Internews, hosted a Journalist Training Program for a selected group of African journalists. With the Annual Meetings focused on the theme Energy and Climate Change, the training program was designed to help participating reporters deepen their understanding of the issues Africa faces in achieving climate-smart development, and make use of contemporary tools and techniques for enhancing reporting on these complex...

GPSC African Regional Workshop – Integrated Urban Development in Africa: Challenges and Lessons Learnt

The African Development Bank and the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC) will organize an African Regional Workshop on “Integrated Urban Development in Africa: Challenges and Lessons Learnt” on May 14-16, 2018 in Abidjan. Africa’s urbanization rate is growing at unprecedented speed and the continent is projected to be one of the fastest urbanizing regions in the world. The continent will embrace a 56% urbanized population by 2050 ̵– mostly driven by medium-sized cities and cities with less than 1 million inhabitants. When cities and countries encounter such...

Climate Change Success Stories – Malawi: Community-Based adaptation helps diversify income generating activities to guard against extreme weather conditions in Malawi


Climate Change Success Stories - Adapting Yaounde’s drainage system to improve climate resilience, health and create jobs

Today, nearly 2.5 million of the country’s 23 million inhabitants reside in the Cameroonian capital of Yaoundé – over 60% of which is covered by low income settlement housing. The Mfoundi Canal, the city’s main drainage system, has with time become a receptacle for household refuse, industrial waste, domestic and industrial sewage and excreta from uncontrolled housing areas. This waste accumulates at the top end of the underground canals and its effluents, obstructing the normal flow of runoff water.

Climate Change Success Stories - Relevant information and community involvement key to helping Burundi adapt to climate change

L’économie burundaise repose principalement sur le secteur agricole, qui représente un peu plus de 30 % du PIB et emploie plus de 90 % de la population. Le changement climatique fait peser une forte menace sur ce secteur, car la disparition de la petite saison sèche traditionnelle freine la productivité des cultures. D’ici à 2050, la modification des schémas pluviométriques pourrait entraîner la formation de deux saisons, de six mois chacune : une saison des pluies de novembre à avril, suivie d’une saison sèche de mai à octobre.

AfDB GEF Partnership - Catalyzing transformational change through green growth in africa

Established in 1991, GEF works through 6 focal areas: biodiversity, climate change, chemicals and waste, land degradation, international waters, and sustainable forest management. The GEF provides new and additional grants and concessional funding to cover the "incremental" or additional costs associated with transforming a project with national benefits into one with global environmental benefits. Since its creation, the GEF has provided over US $14 billion in grants and mobilized an excess of US $70 billion in additional co-financing for more than 4,000 projects. The GEF is an international...