The Challenge

Local authorities of least developed countries (LDCs) are in a unique position to identify the climate change adaptation responses that best meet local needs, and typically have the mandate to undertake the small- to medium-sized adaptation investments required for building climate resilience. Yet they frequently lack the resources to do so – especially to do so in a way that is aligned with established decision-making processes and public planning and budgeting cycles.

How We Are Helping?

The LoCAL (Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility) provides a country-based mechanism to increase awareness and response to climate change at the local level, integrate climate change adaptation into local governments’ planning and budgeting systems in a participatory and gender sensitive manner, and to increase the amount of finance available to local governments for climate change adaptation. 

LoCAL combines performance-based climate resilience grants (PBCRGs), which ensure programming and verification of climate change expenditures at the local level, with technical and capacitybuilding support. It uses the demonstration effect to trigger further flows for local adaptation, including national fiscal transfers and global climate finance for local authorities, through their central governments.

Since it started its work in 2011, LoCAL has been introduced or tested in twelve countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. To date, LoCAL has provided USD 7 million grants to 60 local governments, reaching out to a population of over 4.5 million, across 11 countries in Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Nepal), Pacific (Tuvalu) and Africa (Benin, Ghana, Mali, Mozambique, and Niger, with Tanzania to benefit next).  The objective of the support is to pilot a mechanism that can then be scaled up to the national level, therefore targeting over 350 million people across these 12 countries, and more to join the mechanism.

To learn more about LoCAL, please download the LoCAL brochure

In Detail

Additional Information

Fakri Karim
LoCAL Programme Manager

Sophie De Coninck 
LoCAL Africa Programme Manager


Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL)

GoalPromote climate change–resilient communities and economies by increasing financing for and investment in climate change adaptation at the local level in least developed countries.
  • Performance-based climate resilience grants (PBCRGs), technical and capacity-building support
Active InBangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Cambodia, Ghana, Lao-PDR, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Tanzania, Tuvalu.
PartnersEU Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA); Government of Liechtenstein; Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida); Belgian Development Cooperation; UNDP; Government of Benin; Government of Niger
Total project cost and UNCDF contribution$ 40,000,000
$ 700,000