Government of Rwanda secures $32m to strengthen rural Climate Resilience

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Many congratulations to FONERWA, The Green Fund of the Government of Rwanda (GoR) which on 28 February 2018 become one of the first African country ‘Direct Access’ entities to receive funding from the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

CIDT has a long history of supporting the Government of Rwanda (GoR) environment and climate sectors over several successively won contracts. As a recent report quoted:

“CIDT has strong experience and a solid understanding of Rwanda’s development context, having supported DFID assistance to the GoR, particularly in relation to planning and the development of sector M&E frameworks for the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS) I, since 2006. This track record in Rwanda gave CIDT credibility, relationships and understanding of the Rwanda context, enabling it to play a catalytic role in supporting the creation and operationalisation of the FONERWA fund” [1].

CIDT gained greater experience of the way that GoR was developing its climate change policy through secondment of a CIDT staff member to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN) and through UNDP (Belgian Technical Cooperation funding), in 2009-10.

In 2011 the Rwandan government invited interested organisations to submit proposals to design a national climate and environment finance mechanism. CIDT’s proposal was selected by the funder Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and CIDT was tasked with recommending the optimal design and scope for an operational fund. Through competitive tendering processes in 2012 CIDT was awarded the 2-year DFID contract to support the operationalisation of the FONERWA fund, with a further extension granted in 2014 the project was extended by a year until September 2015.

From 2013-2015 with funding from CDKN, CIDT also ran the Rwanda FONERWA Capacity Building Project to support the capacity strengthening of districts to enable them to put in strong proposals to the Green Fund. This project resulted in 38% of the allocated FONERWA funds going to district projects.

From 2015-2017 CIDT managed a funding pot from CDKN to support emerging requests from FONERWA in a number of ways. These included inputs to support the management of the Fund and support to the GoR participation at COPs 21 and 22, enhancing and enabling opportunities for key meetings between GoR and Green Growth funding agencies. This helped GoR and FONERWA gain international exposure, better understand of the international climate funding architecture and meet key Donors to whom resource mobilisation requests could be submitted. Through CDKN, CIDT also supported provision of national and international consultants to assist Rwanda with successful resource mobilisation efforts to enhance access to Climate Funds. In particular:

  1. CIF/SCF: $800k Scaling Up Renewable Energy Programme (SREP) funded through the World Bank (WB)
  2. CIF/SCF: $250k Forest Investment Programme (FIP) development plan funded through the African Development Bank (AfDB)
  3. CIF/SCF: Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) funded through the World Bank (WB)
  4. A first concept note to Green Climate Fund (GCF) and then $1.4m Project Preparation Funding
  5. Funding proposal of $8m to The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)

In 2016 CIDT won a public procurement exercise to access the very first Project Preparation Funds awarded by the GCF to lead the design studies for the project. CIDT worked with Paul Watkiss Associates and Light Earth Designs to undertake a series of studies in  Sustainable Forest Management and Watershed Protection; Resilience of Tea and Coffee; Low Carbon Green settlement on two sites in Gicumbi District; Economic and Financial Analyses; Gender Study; Environmental and Social Impact Assessment; Legal study. These studies led to the revision of the project proposal that has now been granted funding of $32,8m by the Green Climate Fund.

More project details can be found at the Green Climate Fund website.


1. CIDT (2016). Creation of the National Fund for Climate and Environment (FONERWA): Support to the Fund Management Team. Final Report. P12. Accessed

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