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Our History

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The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

UNFCCC

The year 1992 saw several countries gather in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil at the Earth Summit and signed up a treaty – the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to combat climate change by limiting average temperatures increases as well as to cope up with the resulting impact of climate change.

In that summit, member countries that signed up to form the UNFCCC, also agreed to set binding limits of greenhouse emissions and further committed to returning emission to the 1990 – levels. They also agreed to provide technology finance and capacity building for developing countries.

Adaptation Fund

In 2001, an international fund that finances programmes and projects aimed at helping developing countries to adapt to the harmful effects of climate change was set up under the Kyoto Protocol of the UNFCCC.

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Green Climate Fund

 

Following the resolutions and commitments of the Earth Summit, other climate change financing mechanisms came up. By 2010, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) was established to provide technical and financial support to climate programmes and projects in developing countries.

National Designated Authority

The National Designated Authority (NDA) is an interface for climate Funds. Currently it is a focal point for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and Adaptation Fund (AF).  The NDA manages processes and operations related to these Funds in Zambia.   It coordinates all climate change programming and financing to ensure that the projects are within the development priorities of the country. It implements the No-objection letter which means that the project or programme is in conformity with the country’s national priorities, strategies and plans.

The essence of establishing the project office was to fully capitalize and balance between mainstreaming the functions of the National Designated Authority in the national development planning process,

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Mandate of the NDA

It coordinates all climate change programming and financing in Zambia for purposes of ensuring that the projects are within the development priorities for Zambia.

The NDA has also specific responsibilities among them to;

Recommend to the GCF Board and other financiers, funding proposals in the context of national priorities climate change projects and plans;

Facilitate the communication of nominations of National Implementing Entities (NIEs) to be accredited to the Fund;

Implement the no-objection procedure; and act as the focal point for Fund communication;

Communicate the country’s National Development Plan (NDP) strategic priorities for financing and be a clearing house for projects for submission to the GCF or other financiers within the context of the development agenda;

Monitor and evaluate the performance and impact of national initiatives in the climate change process;

Co-ordinate baseline research and development of all climate change initiatives to ensure focused application of financing, avoid duplication of effort and build lessons over a period for improved programming, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting;

To engage in high level Strategic Investment promotion; and

To be responsible for the approval of projects/investments for the GCF and other financiers.

WHO CAN ACCESS THE FUNDS

Who can access the funds?

Any institution, public or private sector could access the funds, as long as the institution is legally registered and meets the required standards. All viable projects and programmes that lead to the limiting or reduction of greenhouse emissions and contribute to increased resilience, or adaptation of livelihoods to the adverse effects of climate change are eligible for funding.

NDA Programmes-projects being implemented
There are so far two major projects that have been funded and are being implemented by the Zambian Government in partnership with accredited entities. These are:

i)The Zambia Renewable Energy Financing Project
The Renewable Energy is a five year project with a total investment of US$154.0 million. It is anticipated that the successful implementation of this project will result in avoiding an equivalent of 4million tons of Carbon Dioxide (CO2), an effort in conformity with the UN SDG #7 on achieving “Affordable and clean energy” as well as meeting the goal of Pillar No.1 in the 7NDP and other policies of the Zambia Government. The Programme is fully aligned with the Government of the Republic of Zambia priorities to address the current power deficit and to diversify the country’s energy mix so as to reduce the hydro-dependence.

What is the role of the NDA in the Zambia Renewable Energy Financing Framework?
The executing agent is the Ministry of National Development Planning through the National Designated Authority (NDA) who supervises and coordinates all activities in relation to the programme. The NDA delegates implementation of some sub components to the National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA), Zanaco and other selected beneficiaries who contracts the requisite expertise in the form individual or firm consultancy services of individual strong firm services.

ii) The Strengthening Climate Resilience of Agricultural Livelihoods in Agro-Ecological Regions (SCRALAR) Project
The Strengthening Climate Resilience of Agricultural Livelihoods in Agro-Ecological Regions (SCRALAR) I and II in Zambia is a seven year project funded to an investment amount of US$137.3 million.  The SCRALAR initiative has the potential to economically empower an estimated 3million small holder farmers-mostly women, youths, and marginalized groups in 16 districts in agro-ecological regions I and II in Zambia.  
In coming up with this project, the role of the NDA was to constitute a technical committee of experts who reviewed the SCRALAR concept and recommended to the accredited entity (the UNDP) to prepare a full project proposal which as per procedure, was accompanied by a letter of no objection to the Green Climate Fund from the NDA.
Timelines of the NDA activities

 

YEAR

ACTIVITY

2015

NDA established in August as interface between Zambia and the GCF

2016

National Policy on Climate Change Launched in April. The developed policy provides guidelines, coordination, and responsibilities on climate change issues among all players in climate change in view of its cross – cutting nature.

2017

Project Pipeline developed:

 

Alignment of all climate change programming and financing in Zambia for purposes of ensuring that the projects are within the development priorities for Zambia

 

NDA recommends to the GCF Board and other financiers four funding proposals assessed to be in the context of national climate change priorities and plans

 

The NDA successfully nominates three institutions – Development Bank of Zambia (DBZ), Ministry of Finance (MoF) and the Zambia National Commercial Bank (ZANACO), for possible accreditation as National Implementing Entities (NIEs) to the GCF

2018

Two Zambian projects approved by GCF

 

Zambia Renewable Energy Financing Framework, total investment – US$154.0million

 

Strengthening Climate Resilience of Agricultural Livelihoods in Agro-Ecological Regions (SCRALAR) I and II in Zambia. Total project investment is US137.3 Million

 

Zambia become a National Designated Authority for the Adaptation Fund (AF)

2019

Two Projects were launched

 

Zambia Renewable Energy Financing Framework

 

Strengthening Climate Resilience of Agricultural Livelihoods in Agro-Ecological Regions (SCRALAR) I and II

 

About NDA

About National Designated Authority (NDA) for the Green Climate Fund The National Designated Authority for the Green Climate Fund was established in August, 2015, in conformity with Governing Instruction and falls under the Development Planning Department in the Ministry of National Development Planning.

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