Climate Finance


Date of Approval
March 16, 2018

Project Duration
18 months 

Financial & Technical Partners

  • Financial Partner: Green Climate Fund (GCF)
  • Technical Partner: Environment General Authority of Libya
  • Delivery Partner: Sahara and Sahel Observatory 

Country of Operations

Main Beneficiaries

  • Ministries responsible for the Environment, Agriculture, Energy
  • Technical structures and national institutions working on the mobilization of resources for climate
  • Private sector
  • Civil society and NGOs

Objective of the project

Technical and institutional capacity building of the Libyan authorities in charge of climate finance to access funding sources, in particular the GCF, through concrete actions including the creation of a National Designated Authority (NDA).

Project Status
Closed (planned to end August 2019, extended until December 31, 2019).

Project results

The major results achieved are:

  • Technical and institutional country
  • capacities are strengthened
  • Relevant stakeholders are involved in the process of mobilizing financial resources for climate
  • The private sector is made aware and mobilized, it is better involved in intelligent climate-related investments, which improves access to GCF resources
  • Access to GCF climate finance resources is improved through the identification and mobilization of accredited entities operating at national level.

Key Achievements

The execution of the project helped carry out several activities including in particular:

  • Establishment of an NDA (including, mission, formalization decree ...)
  • Organization of training and capacity building sessions for the NDA
  • Development of a non-objection mechanism
  • Development of an information exchange and sharing platform on NDA and GCF activities
  • Development of a gender study
  • Establishment of an ad hoc committee responsible for periodically approving the new GCF guidelines on climate finance,
  • Development of a communication strategy and action plan
  • Design of a memorandum of understanding between national partners for the mobilization of climate-dedicated financial resources,
  • Identification of the main national operators involved in the mobilization of climate-dedicated financial resources,
  • Identification of national institutions that will enter the GCF accreditation process and the creation of a partnership between the NDA, accredited entities, other national project holders, etc.
  • Development of guidelines / recommendations for better involvement of the private sector in climate finance,
  • Design and editing of awareness-raising and communication materials on climate change and climate finance (film, poster, etc.)
  • Design and editing of teaching tools: access guide to climate finance-GCF (Arabic and English) along with a summary.

First Call for Projects proposals - GCF Climate

As a Green Climate Fund (GCF) regional accredited entity, OSS has launched its first call for climate action projects from September 7th to December 31st 2018 allowing applicants from African countries to access to GCF resources. Learn more about the first call for projects.

This call is currently closed and submitted project proposals are under evaluation.

Overview of received proposals 

OSS received 36 concept notes from 20 countries covering the different African regions as follows:

  • West Africa: 36% (Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo)
  • Central Africa: 28% (Cameroun, Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad)
  • North Africa: 22% (Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, Egypt, and Tunisia)
  • Southern Africa: 8% (Angola and Zimbabwe)
  • East Africa: 6% (Djibouti, Malawi, and Uganda)

Three from these proposals are regional projects: two in West Africa and one in East Africa.

Most of the received projects are cross-cutting proposals (86%) whose sectors are mostly related to Agriculture (61%), Energy (19%) and Environment (11%).

Proposals evaluation process
Proposals evaluation process got underway and applicants will be advised in writing of the evaluation committee decisions no later than 30 April 2019

In order to facilitate the understanding of the evaluation process and the next steps to be undertaken, OSS drawn up a step by step guide available here.

Call for Climate projects proposals - GCF

As part of its accreditation as a regional implementation entity (RIE) by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in October 2017, OSS is one of the first African institutions to provide its members and partners with support needed to mobilize grant funding from the Green Climate Fund.

To this end, the OSS is responsible for regularly launching calls for projects to collect draft requests from countries and partners to ensure their transition to climate resilient and low-carbon emission development.

Projects to be financed

Proposals may include adaptation and / or mitigation impacts and must always fit within the following six mitigation and adaptation results areas identified by the GCF:


  1. Livelihoods of people and communities: mitigation of operational risks associated with climate change - diversification of supply sources and supply chain management, relocation of manufacturing facilities and warehouses, etc. 
  2. Health, and well-being, and food and water security: climate-resilient crops, efficient irrigation systems, etc.
  3. Infrastructure and built environment: sea walls, resilient road networks, etc.
  4. Ecosystems and ecosystem services: ecosystem conservation and management, ecotourism, etc.


  1. Energy access and power generation: on-grid, micro-grid or off-grid solar, wind, geothermal, etc.
  2. Forestry and land use: forest conservation and management, agroforestry, agricultural irrigation, water treatment and management, etc.

Eligible beneficiaries 

This call for proposals is open to all eligible beneficiaries of GCF, including governments, nongovernmental organizations, research institutes and regional institutions.

Eligibility criteria

  • Endorsement by the focal point or Designated National Authority : 
  • Project risk level: category B and C (medium or low risk)
  • Total amount less than or equal to 10 Million USD
  • Party to the Kyoto Protocol
  • Addressed themes inscribed among the 6 targeted results areas mentioned above

Important: To be eligible, proposals must meet national priorities in terms of climate change and align with GCF country programs, defined national contributions (NDC) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs).

For further details on the projects’ submission process, please see our information guide.

As per the Counselling and Advice Procedure of OSS, applicants can submit  support requests through this e-mail address: