In this case, international donors provide technical assistance via grant funding that enables sub-national governments to identify and prepare bankable projects. These grants can cover a wide range of activities, from capacity development of government staff to preparing strategies and plans for low-carbon and resilient development to directly funding project preparation facilities.

Instrument category

International climate finance

Implementation status

High - much evidence available

Enabling conditions and success factors
  • Recipient governments should have the ability to absorb and benefit from TA support, maximising the development impact of such funding.
Instrument benefits
  • Technical assistant grants can create deeper government capacity to take forward climate financing on a more independent basis.
  • Technical assistant grants can help develop project pipelines, which is vital to attracting much needed private sector investment.
Challenges and risks to implementation
  • Limited availability of grant funding, especially for municipalities with big needs.
  • Should be used for transition, but often is continued beyond the need, so the grants cannot be used elsewhere.

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