MDG Achievement Fund – Environment and Climate Change thematic window

Summary

The MDG Achievement Fund (MDG-F) was established by the Government of Spain and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to accelerate efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals. Environment and Climate Change is one of eight thematic areas supported by the MDG-F. The objective of this part of the fund is to help reduce poverty and vulnerability in eligible countries by supporting interventions that improve environmental management and service delivery at the national and local level, increase access to new financing mechanisms and enhance capacity to adapt to climate change. This part of the fund is now closed, although finance for approved projects is still being disbursed and monitored by CFU.

Details on our Data  Latest confirmation received from Fund Managers: 26-09-2012.

Basic Description

Name of Fund MDG Achievement Fund – Environment and Climate Change thematic window (MDG-F).
Official Fund Website
www.mdgfund.org/
Date Created Date fund proposed: December 2006

Date fund made operational: first quarter of 2007

Proposed Life of Fund
2007 – 2010. There is no expectation of new funding to the MDG-F, therefore all amounts approved will remain constant until the end of the lifespan of the fund (2010). As of March 2012, the fund is still making disbursements against already approved amounts, and these will continue to be updated until all funds have been disbursed.
Administrating Organisation The UNDP MDTF Office receives, administers and manages funds approved by the MDG-F Steering Committee for country-level joint programmes. It also consolidates financial and narrative progress reports.
Objectives The MDG-Fund supports national efforts to achieve Millennium Development Goals.

Environment and Climate Change is one of eight thematic areas supported by the MDG-F. The objective of this thematic window is to help reduce poverty and vulnerability in eligible countries by supporting interventions that improve environmental management and service delivery at the national and local level, increase access to new financing mechanisms and enhance capacity to adapt to climate change.

Activities Supported The Fund supports four priority areas:

  1. Mainstreaming environmental issues in national and sub-national policy, planning and investment frameworks
  2. Improving local management of environmental resources and service delivery
  3. Expanding access to environmental finance
  4. Enhancing capacity to adapt to climate change
Conditions and Eligibility Requirements Programmes must be conceived by a minimum of two UN Agencies in collaboration with national Government and non-Governmental counterparts and submitted through the Resident Coordinator system of the United Nations. All proposals must be endorsed by a National Steering Committee consisting of, at a minimum, a representative of Spanish Cooperation, the National Government and the Resident Coordinator as the leading authority of the UN at the national level.

59 countries identified by the Spanish Master Plan for International Cooperation (2005-2008), and approved by the Government and Parliament of Spain are eligible to apply for assistance from the Fund.

Africa:  Angola, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal and South Africa.

Latin America:  Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela

Arab States: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Sudan, Syria and Tunisia.

Europe: and CIS Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo (UN administered province), Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.

Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Timor-Leste, Philippines and Vietnam.

Accessing the Fund
Unknown.

Fund Governance

Decision-Making Structure
The MDG-F Steering Committee sets the strategic direction, decides on financial allocations and, monitors delivery and progress.

The MDG-F Secretariat, located in the Partnerships Bureau of UNDP headquarters, services the Steering Committee and manages the proposal review process, monitoring and evaluation.

The UN Resident Coordinator (RC) provides on-going oversight at the national level. A National Steering Committee (NSC) in each country provides oversight and strategic guidance and approves Joint Programme Document(s), work plans and budgets submission to the Steering Committee. A Project Management Committee (PMC) also provides operational coordination. 

Non-Government Stakeholder Participation In many cases joint programmes are elaborated in consultation with key nongovernment players that are active in the specific thematic area. Non-government entities such as NGOs, civil society coalitions, think tanks, academic institutions, and the private are also integral partners of programme implementation.
Information Disclosure Both donor contributions and fund disbursement are reported on the Multi-Partner Trust fund Office Gateway: http://mptf.undp.org/factsheet/fund/MDG00
Issues Raised Issues to date have been specifically on duration of funding, replenishment of funds and on window allocations.

Relationship with Official Development Assistance

Inclusion as Official Development Assistance Funding is ODA. All funds are additional to existing Spanish bilateral aid and support to core programmes.
Financial Instrument/ Delivery Mechanism Used (e.g. grant, loan) Funds will be disbursed as grants, channelled via the UNDP Multi-Donor Trust Fund to the UN Organizations that participate in the joint programmes.
Nature of Recipient Country Involvement All programmes should be aligned with national priorities and be co-developed and fully endorsed by the national government counterpart. Implementation of programmes is often done in partnership with and/or through local institutions.