Slow and steady wins the race
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.-
Amount of Readiness financing+
Cumulative funding amount of GCF Readiness Support to Cook Islands since 2015.-
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.”
Development Coordination Division, Ministry of Finance and Economic Management
Readiness that builds on experience
NDA strengthening / The first in the Pacific
Country Programming / Total financing USD 1 million
Accreditation / What you need to succeed
From Readiness to results
The secret to successful Readiness proposals
Ensure your readiness proposal activities are aligned to national goals and climate change plans i.e. climate change policy, Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC).
Ensure your readiness proposals are progressive and align with the activities of previous readiness proposals. It’s important that when you develop new readiness proposals, that it builds upon activities from past readiness proposals to ensure that your country is ready to implement these projects.
Ensure your readiness proposals are aligned with realistic budgeting. For every activity, think through its stages step by step to accurately account for all costs required. This avoids your country having shortfalls in budget or relying on a contingency budget.
Why the Cook Islands succeeded?
A small country, such as the Cook Islands, was able to succeed as a result of two-step process based on country ownership and consensus building. Firstly, the Cook Islands chose to use a national delivery partner to build their national capacity and strengthen their national systems. The Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) also used national consultants to achieve its accreditation as they saw this as a way of investing in its own human resources and building local capacity and capabilities. Secondly, from this, they applied a consensus building approach so that both the Climate Change Cook Islands (CCCI) and MFEM understood their strengths and weaknesses and could work with other entities who complemented their weaknesses.
4 greatest lessons learned from the RPSP
TAKE YOUR TIME: The Cook Islands found that the time to implement their first readiness project, worth USD 150,000, was insufficient at one year. From this experience, their next readiness proposal doubled the time frame to 2 years, sufficient to hire consultants and set up the workspace.
START SMALL: The Cook Islands’ first readiness project gave them experience in handling a small size project. Confidence gained from the first success enabled them to gradually scale up the proposals. They say that building incrementally across readiness projects and lessons learned is the most sustainable and effective way to use the RPSP.
USE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: The GCF offers technical assistance (TA) packages where GCF-procured experts and consultants are assigned virtually to the country. They provide rapid support in early feedback on draft proposals and consultation with your team (as you think is appropriate).
SHARE EXPERIENCES: Reach out to other countries who have championed in their readiness projects. This can help countries learn from mistakes and good practices of other countrie
Only with the RPSP
Regular, annual financial support.
Facilitates each country’s ambition.
Across a wide variety of areas.