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Training held to tap international climate funding

Training held to tap international climate funding

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A six-day long training-of-trainers (ToT) on climate change project proposal development for accessing international climate funds ended yesterday.

Economic Relations Division (ERD) with support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH organised the training in Brac CDM near Dhaka.

The objective of the ToT was to support the capacity strengthening of experts for accessing international climate funds through developing quality climate change project proposals.

ERD joint secretary Kabir Ahamed was present at the opening ceremony as the chief guest, also attended by ERD deputy secretary SM Mahbub Alam.

The ToT, held from 27 May to 1 June 2022, has been arranged under the Improved Coordination of International Climate Finance (ICICF) project supported by the SDG 2030 initiative of the Federal Government of Germany.

Participants from different ministries, departments, Bangladesh Bank, academia, national-level training institutions, and private sectors attended the training.

Trainers from E-Co. Ltd, UK and Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), Brac University conducted the training.

Bangladesh is awaiting a tough time ahead owing to the adverse impacts of the climate change, and it is one of the worst-hit countries in the world, said the organisers in  a press release.

ERD joint secretary Kabir Ahamed said, “Only preparing a project proposal is not enough. Learning what needs to be included in a project proposal, what kind of challenges we may face and how a project can be implemented are also very important.”

“We need to involve more stakeholders from the private sectors, especially NGOs and others who are working in the climate sector in such initiatives,” he said. 

SM Mahbub Alam said, “Our aim is to train people in developing project proposals. While developing a project proposal, you have to connect the proposal with national priorities so that the financers can understand that the demands are in sync with national priority.”

Dr. Firdaus Ara Hussain, Principal Advisor of ICICF Project, GIZ, remarked, “Bangladesh is the seventh most vulnerable country to climate change. In such a backdrop, this training has been arranged to strengthen the capacity of private and public sector representatives in developing climate change project proposals.”