August 23, 2023
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced on August 23rd the selection of 23 civil society organizations as the winners of the Inclusive GEF Assembly Challenge Program. Hailing from 26 different countries, these organizations received grants up to $100,000 for their commitment to community-centric projects against climate change and nature conservation.
The winners, ranging from Antigua and Barbuda to Uganda, were chosen for their unique contributions to combating environmental issues and their efforts to include and elevate voices traditionally under-represented in environmental financing and policy. The projects encompass a wide array of measures, from utilizing indigenous knowledge for climate resilience in Tanzania, to mobilizing rural youth in Costa Rica to preserve biodiversity.
The winning organizations were revealed at the GEF Assembly, a four-year assembly of 185 countries taking place in Vancouver. As part of the event, winners will participate in panels and sessions to share their journey and experiences. In addition to the monetary grant, the awardees will gain access to networking, training, and knowledge exchange opportunities through the GEF.
GEF CEO and Chairperson Carlos Manuel Rodriguez praised the winners for their locally-led strategies, highlighting the importance of community involvement in addressing issues that impact them directly.
The winning initiatives will be honored at the Assembly’s Partnership Forum. All winners were selected from almost 600 applications by a selection panel comprising the GEF’s CSO Network, Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel, Indigenous Peoples’ Advisory Group, Gender Partnership, and youth representatives linked to international environmental groups.
The Challenge Program is bankrolled by the GEF’s two climate change adaptation funds, the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF). These organizations have been committed to addressing financing gaps and providing targeted funding to meet the specific needs of the world’s most vulnerable countries for over two decades.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is a series of funds dedicated to tackling issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change, and pollution by providing grants, financing, and policy support to developing countries. The GEF-managed Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) focuses on climate adaptation needs by supporting climate-resilient projects, benefiting millions of people and extensive territories. The Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), also managed by the GEF, assists vulnerable countries in addressing climate change impacts through innovation and private sector engagement, with concentrated support to Small Island Developing States.