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UNDP 2023 SCALA Private Sector Engagement Facility Programme

The  SCALA Private Sector Engagement Facility  was launched at the COP26 by the programme to foster stronger partnerships and dialogue between public and private sector actors through demand-led approaches based on countries’ national agriculture and land use sector priorities. It seeks to identify private sector-oriented interventions to engage businesses in implementing climate plans to mobilize resources and develop innovative climate services solutions.

The Facility is available to support 12 non-SCALA countries and will draw on tools, emerging lessons, and partnerships development under the programme.

There is a major financing gap for the agriculture, forestry, and land use sectors. The private sector can play a more substantial role given the emerging investment opportunities in this space. In addition to helping bridge the financing gap, the private sector is an important source of technical knowledge, human capital, and innovation. By working with the private sector, public sector climate change interventions can target changes at multiple entry points in the agri-food system and scale-up their impact.

In 2022, SCALA opened a call for applicants through UNFCCC Focal Points of countries, focusing on Least Developed Countries, and received expression of interest from 9 countries (90 percent in Africa and 10 percent in Asia and the Pacific). To date, 4 Letters of Agreement (LoA) have been signed with Sao Tome and Príncipe, Solomon Islands, Somalia and Niger. Additionally, a Scope of Work has been approval in The Gambia. In 2023, the SCALA programme will have another call of interest focusing on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and middle-income countries. More information on the portfolio of services available for countries below. 


UNDP SCALA Private Sector Engagement Facility Programme

Application DeadlineAugust 19, 2023
Funding TypePartially Funded
TypeEntrepreneurs
SponsorUnited Nations Development Programme UNDP
GenderMen and Women
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Benefits of UNDP SCALA Private Sector Engagement Facility Programme

Objectives

  • The Scaling up Climate Ambition on Land Use and Agriculture (SCALA) Private Sector Engagement Facility (PSEF) is launched by the program to foster stronger partnerships and dialogue between the public and private sectors through demand-led approaches based on countries’ national agriculture and land use sector priorities. It seeks to identify private sector-oriented interventions and engage businesses and investors in implementing climate plans to mobilize resources and develop innovative climate services solutions.
  • The SCALA Private Sector Engagement Facility will draw upon tools, emerging lessons, and partnerships developed under the program in providing support to selected non-SCALA countries.
  • The main beneficiaries of this facility are public sector actors (Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, and so on) in terms of co-designing and receiving targeted support to catalyze private sector action.

Funding Information

  • Budget: Each country proposal is eligible for a total budget of USD 50.000. One proposal is allowed per country.
  • Support requested must be achievable within a maximum period of 12 months, with agreed-upon deliverables within a customized scope of work expected to be completed within this timeframe. If required, an additional 6 months can be granted.
  • Countries can request support depending on their needs from three distinct service areas. The development of a scope of work in collaboration with countries will incorporate some of these activities to reach tangible outcomes, with the end goal of attracting private finance into climate action initiatives.
  • As such, each service area represents a cohesive set of interventions to help reach milestones leading to this end goal. Countries can request support on different service areas depending on the existing level of private sector engagement, as it is understood different countries will have varying levels of advancement with regards to private sector engagement. Applicants are suggested to focus on one service line for maximum impact.

Requirements for UNDP SCALA Private Sector Engagement Facility Programme

  • Prioritized countries for the 2023 call include Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and middle-income countries. Countries must be Official Development Assistance (ODA)-eligible countries, as defined by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), with a strong focus on agriculture and land use in their NDCs and/or NAPs.
  • Governments can apply via the Ministry of Environment/UNFCCC Focal Points in consultation with the Ministry of Agriculture and other relevant public institutions tackling climate change, as well as to align with UNDP-FAO country programs.
  • An Expression of Interest (EoI) form will be shared with UNFCCC Focal Points by SCALA Programme Leads, including the instructions to fill in and submit the EoI.

Application Deadline

August 19, 2023

How to Apply

For more details,visit UNDP website


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