In 2009, the Small Grants Programme entered a partnership with Australian Government Overseas Aid Program with the objective to improve the adaptive capacity of communities and to reduce their vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. The first phase of the partnership started in the Mekong and Asia Pacific region (known as MAP CBA) and was recently expanded to Small Island Developing States in 2011 (known as SIDS CBA).
The GEF Strategic Priority on Adaptation - Community-Based Adaptation project (SPA CBA)
The Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) Project is a five-year (2008-2012) funded mainly by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) with US$4.5 million, and implemented by UNDP through the GEF SGP with the support of UNDP Country Offices. The project has received co-financing from several donors – including AusAid and the Governments of Japan and Switzerland – and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is a key partner with GEF SGP to enhance community mobilization, ensure inclusive participation, as well as to facilitate capacity building of partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and community-based organizations (CBOs). This project is implemented by SGP in 9 out of 10 pilot countries: Bolivia, Guatemala, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Samoa, Vietnam. In Bangladesh the SPA-CBA project is implemented by UNDP country office. The goal of the project is to strengthen the resilience of communities addressing climate change impacts, test the Vulnerability and Resource Assessment (VRA) tools and other community-engagement instruments and methods, and to generate knowledge and lessons for replication and upscaling.