Clim-Dev Special Fund (CDSF)

The goal of the CDSF is to pool resources to contribute to sustainable development and, in particular, poverty reduction by preparing and implementing climate-resilient development programs that mainstream climate change information at all levels in Africa. The objective of the CDSF is to strengthen the institutional capacities of national and sub-regional bodies to formulate and implement effective climate-sensitive policies. CDSF is the investment arm of the ClimDev-Africa program. The CDSF has three focus areas:

  • Result Area I: Projects that are intended for generation, wide dissemination and use of reliable and high quality climate information for development in Africa;
  • Result Area II: Projects for capacity enhancement of policy makers and policy support institutions through the generation of quality analysis and evidence on climate change and its implications for Africa, for use in development planning and actions;
  • Result Area III: Projects that are for pilot adaptation practices that demonstrate the value of mainstreaming climate information in development planning and practices, for subsequent awareness raising and advocacy to inform decision-making
Purpose of support 
Project and program implementation
Information on how to...

Apply through the following steps:

  1. Download the CDSF operations and procedures manual at
  2. Submit a complete project concept note according to Annex III of CDSF Operations and Procedures manual.
  3. Submit final application to:

Grants are provided to projects in line with the ClimDev-Africa Programme’s goal, purpose and results areas and are implemented by national and regional organisations at all levels on the continent. The AfDB will manage the fund’s operation in accordance with Article 8 of the Bank.

Climate objective 
Sectors and themes 
Disaster risk reduction
Type of support provider 
Type of recipient 
Public entity at the national level, Public entity at the sub-national level, Public entity at the regional level, Non-profit or civil society organization, Community-level organization
Fund size 

EUR 36 million

Co-financing required 
Trustee or administrator 
African Development Bank (AfDB), African Union Commission (AUC), and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
Contact information

Khadidida Diabi, Principal Cooperation Officer

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