Slow and steady wins the race

The Cook Islands
Concept Note
Country Programme
Direct National Accredited Entities
National Designated Authority

The Cook Islands were the first Small Island Developing State (SIDS) to receive funding from the Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme (RPSP) in the Pacific. With this support, the country has strengthened its engagement with the GCF, as well as its national capacities and governance mechanism, including the accreditation of a national entity, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM). This has been a gradual process which has taken the country from its first readiness project worth USD $150,000 in 2015, to two USD $3 million projects in 2021 and 2022.

At a glance


Number of Readiness grants


The Cook Island has received GCF readiness support in 8 grants since 2015.

USD 0 m

Amount of Readiness financing


Cumulative funding amount of GCF Readiness Support to Cook Islands since 2015.

0 k +

Number of GCF project beneficiaries


Total estimated number of beneficiaries from GCF Funded Activities and Readiness projects for the Cook Islands.


“GCF Readiness has allowed the Cook Islands to strengthen our institutional capacity and empower our people to prepare for climate change impacts and increase our countries resilience to those impacts.”

Mani Mate

Development Coordination Division, Ministry of Finance and Economic Management

Only with the RPSP

Continued support

Regular, annual financial support.

Enabling countries

Facilitates each country’s ambition.

Flexible arrangement

Across a wide variety of areas.

Journey to climate action with GCF