AfDB launches program to build community resilience in Asia and the Pacific

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The Asian Development Bank (AfDB) joined the British government and the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) on Monday, November 8 at COP26 to launch the Community Resilience Partnership Program (CRPP), which aims to strengthen climate resilience of local communities, including for women and girls, by scaling up climate adaptation actions in Asia and the Pacific.

The CRPP will support local climate adaptation measures that are aligned with the respective nationally determined contributions of AfDB developing member countries (LDCs), adaptation plans and disaster risk reduction plans, and will focus on the poor and vulnerable, according to a press release.

The UK government is providing around $ 61 million and the NDF is reportedly providing around $ 6.9 million for the program.

“Even before the Covid-19 pandemic affected global economies, the poor and vulnerable were already hit hardest by climate change,” said Bambang Susantono, AfDB Vice President for Knowledge Management and sustainable development.

“As the climate bank of Asia and the Pacific, the AfDB recognizes the importance of strengthening climate policies and plans in support of local investments in climate adaptation that directly address the priorities of the poor. and the vulnerable. The CRPP is essential in helping countries scale up these investments at the local level and will support the AfDB to achieve our climate adaptation ambitions, ”said Susantono.

“Locally-driven adaptation is crucial to building the resilience of the poorest and most climate-vulnerable communities,” said Anne-Marie Trevelyan, UK International Champion for Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency and Secretary of State for International Trade.

‘This is why the UK is pledging £ 45million into this program, which will play a critical role in ensuring communities, and especially women, have access to the funding and support they have. need to build the resilience of their communities and advance gender equality. equality, for example by strengthening climate resilient housing initiatives and disaster preparedness, ”she said.

The CRPP will provide long-term sustainable support to scale up climate adaptation measures that address climate, poverty and gender challenges. The program is designed for implementation over a 10-year period from 2021 to 2031, the press release adds.

It will be operationalized through a funding partnership mechanism that will include a multi-donor trust fund to support research, capacity building of national institutions, innovative pilots and project preparation through technical assistance and development. subsidies. The support will aim to launch large-scale investments that can be financed from the national budget of a DMC, with additional financing from the ADB and other development partners. The trust fund will have a dedicated window to promote women-focused investments in climate change adaptation.

“The Nordic Development Fund is fully committed to supporting the poor and vulnerable, especially women and girls who are often hardest hit by the impacts of climate change,” said Karin Isaksson, CEO of NDF.

“We have therefore devoted a third of our contribution to the gender component of the program, with the aim of ensuring that gender equality considerations are mainstreamed in all activities funded by the CRPP and to explore the development potential of women-led investment projects on resilience, ”added Isaksson.

The AfDB recently raised its cumulative climate finance ambition for 2019-2030 to $ 100 billion, including $ 34 billion to support climate change adaptation. The CRPP will contribute to the goal of climate finance by supporting climate adaptation through investments in social protection, health, education, livelihoods and decentralization.

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