In 2009, the Small Grants Programme entered a partnership with Australian Government Overseas Aid Program, now assimilated under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of the Australian Government. The objective of the programme is to improve the adaptive capacity of communities and reduce their vulnerability to the impacts of climate change and its variability. The programme which followed a two-phase process was designed to create small-scale ‘project/policy laboratories’ to generate knowledge about how to achieve adaptation at the local level. The first phase of the partnership started in the Mekong and Asia Pacific region (known as MAP CBA) and was expanded to Small Island Developing States in 2011 (known as SIDS CBA).
This annual report reviews the implementation and results of the MAP CBA and SIDS CBA projects from 1 January through 31 December 2014. The report also reviews the cumulative programming and financial status and accounts on the progress made to the original budget plans. It is based on annual reports submitted by country and sub-regional programmes – including extensive responses to an in-depth survey designed and conducted specifically for this purpose – and information drawn from the GEF SGP global project database. This is the 4th annual report provided to DFAT. The last annual report covered the period from 1 January through 31 December 2013.