The UNDP Iraq Country Office, with funding from the GCF, is supporting the Government of
Iraq through implementing the project ‘NDA strengthening in Iraq for climate finance
programming, governance, regional cooperation and knowledge generation’.
The focus of the project is to strengthen the capacity of the NDA and ensuring access to
GCF funds and support to national organizations seeking accreditation at GCF. The project
will enable the Government of Iraq to strengthen capacities of the newly assigned NDA to
institutionalize climate action coordination mechanisms; establish/build capacity of direct
access entities; enhance climate finance programming for national/regional greenhouse gas
mitigation measures; mainstream information on paradigm shifts/transformation into
country programming; and develop capacity to identify and develop proposals on green
growth investments. The beneficiaries of the readiness proposal are the NDA, related
ministries/authorities, private sector, and candidates for GCF accreditation. Low
engagement of the private sector in the GFC process in Iraq is one of the main barriers that
will be addressed through building capacity within the NDA to support bankable green
growth proposals, development strategic priorities in addition to identification and training
of strong national agency candidates for GCF accreditation.