climate finance
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What Is CFAN?

The Climate Finance Access Network (CFAN) supports developing countries in securing and structuring finance for climate investments. By cultivating a network of highly trained, embedded climate finance advisors, CFAN builds the capacity of developing countries to more quickly access climate finance and achieve their climate objectives. Ultimately, CFAN ensures that more countries have access to advisors who are better prepared and better connected to both donor institutions and other advisors around the world.

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Although the volume of climate finance flowing from developed to developing countries has increased, the system for accessing that finance has become highly complex. Most small or low-income countries lack sufficient capacity to navigate the system, resulting in a climate finance bottleneck that is mutually frustrating for those providing finance as well as those trying to access it.

“The issue is not mobilization. The issue is access.” — Multilateral institution official

Where does CFAN operate?

CFAN is country-driven and available to all developing countries with a focus on Least Developed Countries, Small Island Developing States, and African countries. Climate finance advisors are deployed in the country-identified ministry or office responsible for accessing and coordinating climate finance.

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How does CFAN work?

Member initiatives with a track record in deploying embedded climate advisors enroll a subset of their advisors—those with a targeted mandate to access and structure finance—in CFAN. Advisors attend a multi-week, cohort-based training, which includes technical training as well as relationship-building with public and private finance providers. Following the training, advisors work in-country for at least one year. CFAN provides ongoing technical support to advisors while also building long-term capacity on the ground through in-country trainings for civil servants.

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“Countries don't need general advisors or international consultants. They do need more technical expertise to help identify clear, concrete investment opportunities that one can take to funders or financiers.” — Donor representative
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