The Adaptation Fund hosted the seventh climate finance readiness webinar for its accredited national implementing entities (NIEs) on 25 October 2018. The webinar provided guidance on the topic of change, specifically how to manage change in adaptation projects/programmes during project implementation.

At its twenty-ninth meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board (the Board), decided to consolidate all its previous decisions related to requests for direct project services, requests for material change, and requests for revision of original activity/output/outcome and/or associated indicators and targets into a new annex which it subsequently approved at its thirtieth meeting as annex seven of the Operational Policies and Guidelines (OPGs) related to project/programme implementation.

In general, the need for changes in a climate change project, which may be as minor as  modifying an activity, to changing an entire project’s design, could be triggered by internal factors (such as poorly conducted vulnerability, safeguards or other assessments, technical feasibility studies, and logical gaps among activities in the project design), external factors (such as changes in the country’s policy framework or other adaptation initiatives, changes in foreign exchange rates, and unexpected situations such as natural catastrophes), or both.  Therefore, while changes in a project/programme can be an undesirable aspect of project/programme management, particularly change due to internal factors, it is useful to gain better understanding of possible triggers and to share experiences and knowledge on how to foster long-term adaptive management for change that cannot be prevented or averted.

Below, you will find the webinar report, the press release and the speakers’ presentations:

Webinar Report
Press release (October 25, 2018)

Annex 7 to the Operational Policy and Guidelines (751 KB, PDF)

Experiences from NIEs: managing change in projects / programmes:

SANBI, South Africa (708 KB, PDF)

PIOJ, Jamaica (576 KB, PDF)