Enhancing civil society’s leadership and capacity to build climate resilience is critical. Civil society organisations (CSOs) are well positioned to lead “bottom up” approaches to reduce vulnerability and build the climate resilience of at-risk communities and their livelihoods across the Caribbean. However, they currently have limited access to and engagement in climate finance and decision-making processes nationally and regionally.

The project, Enhancing Caribbean Civil Society’s Access and Readiness for Climate Finance, seeks to address this gap and promote civil society leadership. It is being implemented from February 2020 to August 2022 in collaboration with national designated authorities and leading national and regional CSOs from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States, including Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Suriname. The lead national designated authority for the project is the Climate Change Division – Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation in Jamaica. CANARI is the implementing entity and delivery partner for the project. The project is funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme with a grant of US$1,296,958. See brief and full proposal for more details.

Project goal

To enhance civil society’s capacity, including knowledge, skills and organisational structures, and the enabling external institutions to improve access to climate financing and delivery of climate change adaptation and mitigation in the Caribbean.

Key outcomes

  • Mechanisms for CSO engagement in climate change decision-making developed and/or enhanced at the national and regional levels in the Caribbean
  • Increased uptake of innovative climate change solutions among Caribbean CSOs and their public and private sector partners to scale up impact and build local resilience
  • The technical and organisational capacity of Caribbean CSOs strengthened to directly access climate finance and effectively deliver climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • Enhanced awareness and actions to integrate CSO-driven interventions and strengthen the pipeline of climate change projects/programmes nationally and regionally for the GCF and other climate funds



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For more information, please contact Ainka Granderson, Senior Technical Officer at [email protected]

See related work under CANARI’s Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Programme and Civil Society and Governance Programme.