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Country Programme - Call for Proposals


The Climate Change Cook Islands Office (CCCI), located in the Office of the Prime Minister, is issuing a first call for submissions of Concepts for climate related activities as projects or programs


Climate Change Cook Islands (CCCI) located in the Office of the Prime Minister in partnership with the Development Coordination Division (DCD) of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management and the Green Climate Fund is calling to all stakeholders to submit Concept Idea Notes on possible projects and programs under your own agency, organization, or institution. All Concepts need to be climate change related even if economic sector or social sector focused. The information outlined below assists to clarify if your ideas are suitable for climate financing.


  1. 1.What types of Concepts would be considered for funding under the GCF and other financial sources?

Please see the attached Pipeline of Thematic Areas that identify the areas or sectors where types of potential projects could be prepared, that may be funded by either the GCF or other funding support such as Bilateral Development Partners (such as New Zealand, Japan, Australia, EU), Multilateral Banks, (such as Asian Development Bank), UN agencies (such as UNDP and FAO), as well as Regional Organisations (such as SPREP and SPC), Private Sector sources, and others.

The 11 thematic areas for which CCCI in partnership with MFEM and the GCF forms the key pillars of the GCF supported Cook Islands Country Program.

  1. 2.Who can apply for such Concepts?

Any agency or entity with potential concepts or ideas that may be funded by the GCF or other financial sources should apply through use of the Concept Idea Note, which is attached to this email notice

  1. 3.What is the process after submission of a Concept Idea Note

All Concept Idea Notes will go through a two stage assessment process. The first stage is whether your Concept Idea is eligible for GCF  funding or another possible funding source. The second  stage is a more detailed assessment of your Concept Idea Note, by a technical advisory group established by MFEM and CCCI, that will decide on whether more information is required, as well as align your Concept Idea Note with Country priorities (such as the GCF thematic areas outlined above) as well as with MFEMs prioritization processes.

Note that some Concept Ideas may be assessed where further information is required, or others assessed as not being climate related, the sender agency is then informed of the 2nd stage assessment view.

  1. 4.How long does it take before an assessment answer is given?

All Concept Idea Notes will be assessed according to the 2 stage process outlined in 3 above. The first stage of assessment related to eligibility for climate financing by GCF or another source (see 1 above) will be completed within 5 business day of receipt of the submission. Progression to and through the 2nd stage assessment will be longer and the proponent (sender and organization) will be contacted after completion

  1. 5.Who will see the Concept Idea Notes after the first assessment?

After the first assessment, all Concept Ideas will be placed into a GCF Portfolio or a Non-GCF Portfolio. These Portfolios are then sent to MFEM to undertake the 2nd assessment and prioritization by a technical advisory at MFEM. Once the entire assessment process is completed, and agencies advised of the status of the Concept Idea Notes, those that portray significant positive impacts to mitigation and/or adaptation to climate change within our socio-economic development framework,  will then be sent to the GCF and all other financial sources (see 1. Above), for their consideration and interest to finance the activity beginning with developing the Concept Idea Note into a full proposal and eventually implementation. Most interested financial sources will want more information and details than what is covered in the Concept Idea Notes, but those agencies submitting the Concept Idea Notes will receive notice of that interest by February 2019.

  1. 6.Why February 2019?

During mid-February 2019 the Cook Island Government in partnership with the GCF is going to hold a 2 day Development and Resilience Investment Round-Table, where many financial institutions will be invited to participate and express their views on the Cook Islands Country Program which will include the Portfolio of Concept Idea Notes. Some financial institutions may express an interest and outline the need for further development and preparation of proposals in order to better understand the Concepts, while others may clearly identify their own priorities for financing and indicate their interest as well. Many may indicate interest particularly if those Concepts are also GCF fundable. The rationale of sending all Concept Idea Notes to all financial institutions and Development Partners is to canvass those views when they participate in the February 2019 Round-Table.

  1. 7.General Information 

Click here to download or view Concept Note  

Clike here to download of view Pipeline of Thematic Areas


Any enquiries please contact Wayne or Talissa at the CCCI Office at ph. 25494, or email us

All Concept Submissions are to be sent by email to:

This first call of Submissions will be followed by a second call for submissions on 1 October 2018

All Concept Idea Notes are to be submitted by no later than 26 October 2018.

Readiness 2 Country Programme

Readiness Support 2  Country Programme – 24 month (2 year) programme

In August 2016, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management along with the Office of the Prime Minister started the process of developing and submitting their second readiness proposal to the GCF valued at USD685,900 targeted at Continuing to strengthen the National Designated Authority and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM), in developing strategic frameworks for engagement with the GCF, including the preparation of country programmes and progress towards Direct Access accreditation and programme development.

This readiness support will strengthen the capacity of the NDA and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) by retaining the current NDA Advisor and the National Programme Development Manager to continue progressing the GCF engagement in the Cook Islands. This request will also include the preparation of a national country programme and will support the Cook Islands pursuit of Direct Access through accreditation of national direct access entities.    

The NDA would also like to carry-out training for the NDA and MFEM, through the hiring of a consultant, to develop strategic frameworks and a Country Programme through the use of the tools developed by the GCF with the necessary linkages to existing national policies such as the National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP) 2016-2020, the national Climate and Disaster Compatible Development policy and the Joint National Action Plan for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction (JNAP) which is the country’s equivalent strategy to the National Adaptation Plan.

It is also envisaged that the consultant will develop a manual aimed to provide the reader with the step-by-step approach to develop a country programme tailored, and relevant to the Cook Islands. The NDA will communicate this work by hiring of a consultant with the expertise in developing communication products.

To carry out the all the work in this project, a number of 5 consultants will be hired, as listed below and demonstrated in the logical framework and the attached budget.

NDA Advisor 
NDA Consultant - CC Policy Analyst
Communications Consultant
Climate Change programme manager
National Programme Assistant

A further 2 international technical assistants will be engaged to review our national systems and policies around Environmental and social safeguards and gender to ensure the GCF policies in these areas are reflected.

GCF Fostering Resilience Workshop – October 2017

The Workshop was held at the Red Cross Complex in Tupapa on Friday 27th October 2017, which started at 8am and ended at 2pm. It was well attended and far exceeded our expectation with approximately 90+ participants representing a broad cross section of community, business and government interests.

Purpose and Objectives of the GCF Workshop

In May 2016, a national GCF workshop was held which identified 29 project proposal ideas in line with the GCF 8 impact areas. The main purpose of this workshop was to revisit these proposal ideas from 2016, take stock and add new ideas that may have emerged as priorities since 2016. Key points of consideration were:

  • Identify if the project ideas are still relevant;
  • Determine if they should be included in the GCF Cook Islands Country Programme;
  • Are there any additional project ideas that should be included; and
  • Refine the project proposal ideas.

The main objective of the identification of proposal ideas is to inform the development of the GCF Cook Islands Country Programme document and to ensure that extensive consultations are carried out throughout the process.

In addition, the workshop hoped to improve our stakeholder’s awareness and understanding of:

  • What is the GCF;
  • What has currently taken place to date under the GCF at the national level with regards to
    • Accreditation
    • Readiness support;
  • Provide clarity on the process to access GCF funds;
  • Provide clarity on the development of a GCF Country Programme.

GCF - Fostering Resilience Workshop October 2017

“Successful Green Climate Fund Workshop Kicked Off Today” 

 - Green Climate Fund Fostering Resilience Workshop - Friday 27th October 2017

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Over ninety participants, including representatives from all the Pa Enua, took the time to participate in the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Fostering Resilience Workshop on Friday 27th October, 2017, at the Red Cross Complex in Tupapa.

The Climate Change Cook Islands Division of the Office of the Prime Minister in conjunction with the Development Coordination Division of MFEM hosted the successful half day workshop on the Green Climate fund.  This workshop provided a basic understanding of the fund and advised the Cook Islands on the process to access GCF funds, but more importantly it was an opportunity to voice stakeholder views in developing national climate change related project proposal ideas.

Items discussed during this workshop resonated that climate change is a matter of national security to help build resilience to the impacts of climate change, such as coastal protection, resources for our livelihood and providing a safe place to live. Participants contributed to the workshop during the workshop, breakout sessions and also gave feedback on possible project proposals.

Director of Climate Change, Mr Wayne King (National Designated Authority - NDA of the GCF) encouraged all stakeholders to make the time to meet with the NDA regarding their ideas and proposals, “We encourage every stakeholder to come and meet with our team regarding your ideas and proposals. We want to insure that our community and stakeholders understand that GCF is an inclusive approach and the Climate Change Cook Islands doors is open for all. At stake, is our national social economic development opportunity to build the resilience to the impacts of climate change”.

GCF Accreditation Consultant Elizabeth Koteka, from the Development Coordination Division of MFEM said, “We would like to thank all our stakeholders for taking the time to participate in our workshop and we look forward to fostering the resilience of our Community to the impacts of climate change through mitigation and adaptation”. 

“The Cook Islands has been successful in accessing funds from the GCF for an approved GCF Renewable Energy Project through the accredited entity the Asian Development Bank”. continued Koteka.

The Cook Islands in the process of applying for direct access to the GCF and the two entities that have been nominated to apply for Accreditation in the Cook Islands is the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) and the Bank of the Cook Islands.  

Development Programme Manager for GCF, Krystina Tatuava from MFEM said “The journey to become accredited to the fund is not an easy process but is worth the pursuit to enable the Cook Islands to have direct access to the Green Climate Fund. We look forward to working with the NDA, community and stakeholders to raise more awareness on the GCF and give them the opportunity to voice their views in developing climate change proposal ideas”. 

The team is working together with the NDA to provide a platform for our community to understand the GCF fund and the process to access GCF funds.

The Cook Islands have also been successful in accessing readiness support funds from the GCF through the Ministry of Finance and Economic management and the Office of the Prime Minster to assist with the development of a country programme, to build capacity within the two agencies and assist MFEM with their accreditation process. 

The Bank of the Cook Islands have also been a recipient of readiness funds to have an assessment on their systems carried out by price water coopers who will arriving on the island next week to carry out this assessment for BCI. 

Elizabeth Tommy from the BCI said “BCI’s engagement with the GCF to date has been positive and they are thankful for the readiness support received”.

This workshop was funded by the Green Climate Fund in partnership with the Government of the Cook Islands, Climate Change Cook Islands Division of the Office of the Prime Minister and the Development Coordination Division of Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM).

Readiness 1 NDA Strengthening

Readiness Support 1 – 12 month (1 year) programme May 2016 – August 2017

The Cook Islands submitted its first Readiness Support Proposal to the GCF board for NDA Strengthening on December 2015 and were successful in accessing USD150,000 on the February 2016. A portion of the funds have gone towards engaging a local based NDA Consultant and Climate Change Development Programme Manager with the remaining funds going towards the strengthening of the NDA, Climate Change Cook Islands and stakeholder consultations.

This readiness programme has come to an end and officially closed in August 2017. The readiness programme has helped the Cook Islands achieve the following outcomes:

  • Raise awareness on the GCF through the development of communication materials such as fact sheets and the knowledge sharing of GCF through presentations at various workshops/meetings and at the quarterly Cook Islands climate change platform meetings.
  • Host a national workshop called the National Brilliant Resilient Workshop which was held in May 2016.  
  • Support the Cook Islands in gaining accreditation through the nominated entities – Ministry of Finance and Economic Management and the Bank of the Cook Islands with MFEM just formally submitting their accreditation proposal in April and BCI requesting for a gap assessment through the GCF.
  • Strengthen our engagement with the GCF
  • Carry out various media releases via social media, website, TV coverage, radio (cook islands radio, new Zealand radio, pacific beat radio)
  • Increase engagement with the private sector on GCF - 6 individual meetings held with Private Sector and SoE on the GCF (BCI x2, Te Aponga Uira x1, Cook Islands General Transport x2, Ever Green x1) and 2 community members.

The full completion report for this programme can be found here.  The completion report provides more detailed information on the entire programme.

GCF Readiness Support

What is Readiness?

It is crucial that developing countries are able to effectively access and deploy resources from the Green Climate Fund. That is why the Fund provides early support for readiness and preparatory activities to enhance country ownership and access. This "country readiness" funding is a dedicated and cross-cutting programme that maximizes the effectiveness of the Fund by empowering developing countries.

Readiness and preparatory support activities are not one-off measures, but part of an ongoing process to strengthen a country’s engagement with the Fund. GCF focuses its readiness support on particularly vulnerable countries, including Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and African States – a minimum of 50% of country readiness funding is targeted at supporting these countries.

The Fund has a total of USD 16 million available to immediately provide such support to countries, and may seek the release of further resources depending on the needs of countries. Support for these activities in individual developing countries is capped at USD 1 million per calendar year. This support may be delivered to countries directly through National Designated Authorities (NDAs) or Focal Points through a wide range of delivery partners with relevant expertise and experience.


The Green Climate Fund recognizes the need to ensure that developing country partners exercise ownership of climate change funding and integrate it within their own national action plans. GCF's Governing Instrument makes clear that the Fund will adopt a country-driven approach and strengthen program coherence and stakeholder coordination at the national level. That’s why in every developing country there are National Designated Authorities (NDAs), who are the interface between each country and the Fund. These Focal Points communicate the country’s strategic priorities for financing low-emission and climate-resilient development across its economy.

Over 130 countries have selected NDAs to play this role. They are chosen by governments to act as the core interface between a developing country and the Fund. NDAs provide broad strategic oversight of GCF’s activities in a country and serve as the point of communication with the Fund. Funding proposals are submitted through these NDAs, ensuring that investments are aligned with local needs and existing climate change planning.

Climate Change Cook Islands based at the Office of the Prime Minister is the Cook Islands National Designated Authority.

Green Climate Fund Programme

Climate change is the defining challenge of our time. The human impact on our planet is unprecedented. Long-term changes in the earth’s climate system are significant. The Green Climate Fund was established with a mission to advance the goal of keeping the temperature increase on our home planet below 2 degrees Celsius. 

The Fund is a unique global initiative to respond to climate change by investing into low-emission and climate-resilient development. GCF was established by 194 governments to limit or reduce greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries, and to help adapt vulnerable societies to the unavoidable impacts of climate change. Given the urgency and seriousness of the challenge, the Fund is mandated to make an ambitious contribution to the united global response to climate change.

GCF is accountable to the United Nations. It is guided by the principles and provisions of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It is governed by a Board of 24 members, comprising an equal number of members from developing and developed countries.

The Green Climate Fund is the only stand-alone multilateral financing entity whose sole mandate is to serve the Convention and that aims to deliver equal amounts of funding to mitigation and adaptation. 

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