Global Environment Facility

Title Global Environment Facility
E-mail, phone number and mailing address

Development Bank of Southern Africa,
Headway Hill,
1258 Lever Road,
South Africa

Facility URL
Facility Objectives

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is a partnership for international cooperation where 183 countries work together with international institutions, civil society organisations and the private sector to address global environmental issues. Since its inception, the GEF has provided more than $12.5 billion in grants and leveraged over $58 billion in co-financing for thousands of projects in developing countries. The World Bank serves as the trustee of the GEF.

The DBSA was accredited as a National Project Agency (NPA) for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in 2014.  As a NPA, the DBSA is committed to follow all GEF policies and establish the conditions in which the Bank can seek resources from the GEF Council for the preparation and implementation of projects in South Africa. Accreditation of the DBSA as a GEF agency has placed the DBSA at the global arena in terms of providing financial assistance to environment and climate change projects. This fits into the DBSA’s strategy and focus area of Energy/Environment. As a GEF agency, the Bank is at an opportune position to access and leverage funds from other global sources. 

Key activities
Type of finance provided

The GEF provides grant and non-grant funding to projects. The GEF-funded projects should be co-financed by different stakeholders.

Size of project supported

No minimum or maximum project size

Range of funding provided (min/max)

No minimum or maximum level of financial support

Beneficiaries supported

Government organisations, the private sector, community-based organisations and non-governmental organisations have the opportunity to apply for GEF resources.

Project type

National; sub-national

Project preparation phases supported

Enabling environment; project definition; project feasibility; project structuring; transaction support; post-implementation support.

Application process
Project proponents are advised to discuss their project concepts with the DBSA as a project agency which will act as a channel between the applicant, the DEA and the GEF for the project approval process. In assessing projects for GEF funding, the programming process of the DEA will be followed.
Eligibility exclusions
To be considered for funding, a project proposal has to fulfil the following criteria:
  • It is undertaken in South Africa as a GEF funding eligible country.  The project also has to be consistent with national priorities and programmes., and must be endorsed by the country’s GEF Operational Focal Point (OFP) in the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). 
  • It addresses one or more of the following GEF Focal Areas (and cross-cutting issues and programmes), improving the global environment or advancing the prospect of reducing risks to it:
    Climate Change (Mitigation and Adaptation)
    International Waters
    Land Degradation
    Sustainable Forest Management / REDD+
    Ozone Layer Depletion
  • It is consistent with the GEF strategy
  • It seeks GEF financing only for the agreed-on incremental costs of measures to achieve global environmental benefits
  • It involves the public in project design and implementation.
  • It is endorsed by the government of South Africa.
  • It is co-funded.
Countries Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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