The impacts of climate change are exacerbated for the most vulnerable countries, particularly small islands and developing states (SIDS). Despite the available climate finance targeting these states, their lack of capacity limits their ability to access such funds.
The Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub (CCFAH) helps countries to unlock available climate finance. The Strategy, Portfolio, Partnerships and Digital Division (SPPDD) of the Commonwealth Secretariat commissioned Momentus (formerly IFCL) to conduct an independent evaluation of the CCFAH.
We assessed the performance and results of the programme, in accordance with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Guidelines. We also included the criterion of dynamism to examine the enabling and disabling conditions for success, and the extent to which CCFAH has demonstrated ability to adapt to unforeseen challenges that may impact its activities.
The evaluation examines the progress made in delivering expected outcomes as articulated in the intent of CCFAH’s mandate and its Strategic Plan; the extent to which the programme governance and delivery mechanisms contributed to the outcomes achieved; and identifies learnings and proposed constructive forward options to inform the next phase of implementation and the future of the programme. The evaluation includes three case studies in Mauritius, Jamaica and Tonga to illustrate examples of how the programme operates and to identify success factors and lessons learned.
The evaluation recommended main best practices the programme should continue undertaking, and key lessons learned accompanied by recommendations.