About the NAMA Facility

The NAMA Facility – an agile, grant-based multi-donor fund – efficiently distributes and mobilises finance for carbon-neutral development. The NAMA Facility offers structure processes as well as financial mechanisms and technical support to partner countries to meet their climate goals.

Donors, partner countries and institutions receiving NAMA Facility funding all benefit from a robust and transparent portfolio mechanism to deliver grant-based climate finance.

The NAMA Facility provides tailor-made finance for climate change mitigation projects in all sectors, notably energy efficiency, renewable energy, transportation, waste and agriculture, forestry and other land uses (AFOLU). Partner countries, or implementing organisations on their behalf, can apply for funding through open competitive Calls. The most ambitious and feasible mitigation projects, which are called NAMA Support Projects (NSPs), are selected for support.

This support catalyses investment, strengthens capacities and triggers behaviour change, resulting in transformational sector-wide shifts to improve livelihoods, create co-benefits and establish carbon-neutral development pathways. Since 2012, the NAMA Facility has committed over EUR 668 million to 43 projects across 31 countries (as of February 2022).

What we do

We fund transformational climate action projects that contribute to reducing global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

We help strengthen partner countries’ capacity through diverse technical and financial instruments to create scalable and replicable projects, nationally and regionally.

We gather and share learnings from all projects in our portfolio to encourage more ambitious climate action.  

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Mission & Vision

Our Mission is to

  • Finance innovative projects that tackle specific national-level challenges for reducing emissions in sectors and countries with strong potential for up-scaling, replication and the ability to influence wider sectoral changes.
  • Deliver finance to support technical assistance that enables capacity and policy development.
  • Unlock investment opportunities by providing tailor-made climate finance to fund projects with the potential to: 
    • i.  Strengthen country ownership to deliver carbon-neutral activities and closely align these activities with the country’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and other relevant climate and development plans;
    • ii.    Pilot financing models to overcome market barriers to carbon-neutral development;
    • iii.    Deploy innovative technologies and approaches, which require donor financing to support national development plans;
    • iv.    Boost participation of the private sector to deliver carbon-neutral activities.
  • Group photo NSP workshop
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  • Exchange among NAMA Facility and donors
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  • International Climate Finance Workshop Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn
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  • People attending workshop in Tunisia
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Key Features 

  • Country-driven and Embedded in National Development Strategies and Plans: Projects demonstrate national embeddedness, and integrate into sector-wide programmes or policies with specific reference to Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)
  • Transparency, accessibility and responsiveness: The NAMA Facility clearly communicates eligibility to ensure wide appeal and accessibility across sectors and countries at the beginning of the project cycle. It offers enhanced late-stage assistance to projects to help transition to self-sustainability and facilitate wider transformational changes through scaling up and replication. Through its Information Policy, the NAMA Facility aims to provide fair and equal access and treatment to all applicants and stakeholders. Impartiality and independence is ensured through external assessors who evaluate the NAMA Facility as a whole and individual NSPs.
  • Tailor-made Financial Cooperation and Technical Assistance: NAMA Facility funding can be used to develop financial mechanisms and deliver technical assistance to tackle wider policy, regulatory or other barriers that inhibit investment and constrain carbon-neutral development. Examples of technical supports include technical assistance, regulatory frameworks and capacity building workshop for institutions involved, whereas financial support mechanisms can include grants, loan guarantees and concessional loans.

Means of Support

Outcomes of Project

e. g. greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation investments
Outputs

Financial Cooperation (FC)

Examples
  • Investment grants
  • Concessional loans
  • Guarantee funds
  • Development of bankable project pipeline
  • Advisory services (e. g. banking training, design of financial support mechanisms)

Technical Cooperation (TC)

Examples
  • Training and Capacity Development
  • Pre-feasibility studies
  • Development of bankable project pipeline
  • Knowledge exchange
  • Advisory services MRV development
  • High Quality Monitoring and Evaluation: Conducted throughout the project, portfolio and Facility levels, the NAMA Facility’s Monitoring and Evaluation Framework explains our approach to cross-cutting topics such as gender and social equity and offers guidelines for projects.
  • A Culture of Learning: As a Knowledge and Learning Hub, the NAMA Facility strives to inspire broad and ambitious climate action by extracting and fostering lessons learnt from NAMA Support Projects (NSPs) and sharing them between projects and with the wider community. Within the fearless learning ethos, we aim to build and share knowledge, adapt and improve processes to attract high-quality projects, remain flexible to the needs of emerging economies, facilitate South-South learning on NSPs and finally, form strategic partnerships with other climate finance institutions, programmes, and thinktanks.
Learn more about the NAMA Facility:

NAMA Facility

Technical Support Unit
Köthener Straße 2-3
D-10963 Berlin
Germany

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