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In Grenada, the National Designated Authority (NDA) is the Department of Economic and Technical Cooperation (DETC) within the Ministry with responsibility for Economic Development with the focal point designated as the Head of the DETC.

A national designated authority (NDA) is the fundamental intermediary and point of communication between a country and the Fund. Further, the NDA is the authority that the Fund recognizes for all legal matters pertaining to the Fund and is the official signatory on behalf of the government. In the process of engaging with the Fund, selecting the best-suited individuals and/or bodies of the government and thereafter building the capacity of the NDA are the primary steps.

 

The NDA is well placed within Grenada’s government, as the NDA should have a mandate that enables the institution to work on and influence a combination of economic policy and development planning, with appropriate leverage over climate change, energy, sustainability and environmental resource management priorities, strategies and plans. The NDA is responsible for ensuring activities proposed for support by the Fund align with strategic national objectives and priorities. The NDA is a crucial actor in ensuring country-ownership principle of the GCF and driving ambitious action on adaptation and mitigation through access to GCF resources. Through the mandate provided to the DETC by the Public Finance Management Act No. 17 2015 (PFMA) and the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP), the NDA within Grenada not only has the familiarity with the issues but also the authority over internal processes related to the Fund.

 

As the legal representative for a country’s relationship with the Fund’s Secretariat, it is a requirement that Grenada’s NDA also formally communicates to the Secretariat all information regarding communication channels, roles and responsibilities. This communication provides a detailed level of clarity including the roles and responsibilities of the focal points within the NDA, and which parties are responsible for specific elements of the relationship with the Fund.

 

The NDA is responsible for ensuring activities proposed for support by the Fund align with strategic national objectives and priorities. The NDA is a crucial actor in ensuring country-ownership principle of the GCF and driving ambitious action on adaptation and mitigation through access to GCF resources.

Our Responsibilities

 

  • Provide broad strategic oversight of the related-Fund’s activities within the country – ensuring alignment with national sustainable development objectives and frameworks including climate change strategies and policies, such as the National Climate Change Policy, Nationally Determined Contributions, the National Adaptation Plan, and the national Gender Equality Policy and Action Plan;
  • Convene relevant public, private and civil society stakeholder consultations to identify priority sectors and needs to be translated into project proposals to the Fund;
  • Communicate nominations of entities (subnational, national or regional, public and private) seeking accreditation to the Fund under the ‘direct access’ track;
  • Implement the no-objection procedure on funding proposals, submitted to the Fund, to ensure consistency of funding proposals with GCF objectives and national climate change plans and priorities and has been checked and validated through nationally appropriate processes; and
  • Provide leadership on the deployment of different types of readiness and preparatory support funding in the country.

Five main functions of the NDA

Source: The Green Climate Fund

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