Objectives and Approach

LoCAL aims to promote climate change–resilient communities and economies by increasing financing for and investment in climate change adaptation at the local level in least developed countries.

LoCAL supports local governments in mainstreaming climate change adaptation into regular decision-making processes, development planning and resource allocation through performance-based grants for climate resilience.

The LoCAL Secretariat, based in UNCDF headquarters and regional offices, provides technical advice, in-country support, and seed capital or initial financing for performance-based grants for climate resilience to prove concept and lay the groundwork for scaling up with governments’ own fiscal resources and other sources of climate finance.

Elevated grounds in Borei Chulsa, Takeo, Cambodia © LoCAL-UNCDF/Cedric Jancloes

LoCAL works directly with national partners, who are responsible for the operation and management of the LoCAL programme in each country through its various phases:

Phase I: Piloting. The first phase involves initial scoping, followed by testing in two to four local governments. Countries in Phase I include Bangladesh, Ghana, Lao PDR, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger and Tuvalu (Pacific).

Phase II: Learning. The second phase takes place in 5–10% of the local governments of a country. It involves collecting lessons and demonstrating the effectiveness of the mechanism at a larger scale. Countries in Phase II include Bhutan, Cambodia and Benin; Bangladesh, Lao PDR, Niger and Mali are preparing for Phase II.

Phase III: Scaling-up. The third phase is a full national roll-out of LoCAL based on the results and lessons of the previous phases. LoCAL is gradually extended to all local governments, with domestic or international climate finance, and becomes the national system for channelling adaptation finance to the local level. Bhutan and Cambodia are preparing for Phase III

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