Innovative and effective approaches

The GCCA was established to help developing countries tackle climate change in a way that integrates climate change with wider development objectives.

The GCCA is complementary to, but different from, other climate change funds or initiatives. What sets the GCCA apart is its emphasis on innovative and effective approaches to delivering climate change support and addressing the capacity needs of partner countries. These include:

  • Being driven by a commitment to the principles of aid effectiveness established by the Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action. This commitment translates into a range of delivery methods and approaches, such as joint programming and financing, sector policy support programmes, climate change mainstreaming and budget support.
  • A sharp focus on mainstreaming climate change into national and sector development planning and budgeting. This ensures that climate change is addressed in a systematic, long term and sustainable way. The GCCA makes use of country agendas and systems and fosters institutional strengthening and capacity building.
  • A focus on mainstreaming as a way of paving the way for budget support, an aid delivery method used and promoted under the GCCA. Budget support involves channelling funds directly to partner governments’ treasuries subject to a set of agreed conditions. It supports country agendas and systems, encourages dialogue and ownership and allows partner countries to make best use of all available resources to tackle climate change in the context of poverty reduction and development more generally.

The added value of the GCCA also comes from the synergies of the twin pillars: dialogue and exchange of experience and cooperation through country or regional interventions. This double stream enables the GCCA to promote the transfer of knowledge from the field to inform the wider international debate on climate change, and decision making, at the highest level. It also ensures coherence between political commitments or internationally agreed principles like the MDGs and aid effectiveness and the way climate aid translates into practice. Thanks to these innovations, the GCCA is in a unique position to help vulnerable countries to respond to the challenges of climate change.

For more information, download our 2011 publication on Using innovative and effective approaches to deliver climate change support to developing Ccuntries, and our 2012 publication Paving the way for climate compatible development: Experiences from the Global Climate Change Alliance, which provides further illustrations of the GCCA's approach and experience so far.