European Capacity Building Initiative

What is EDA? A rough guide to Enhanced Direct Access

The Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is currently in the process of designing “access modalities” as part of the fundamental Fund architecture. Over the last few months, the focus of this exercise has slowly but significantly turned towards the idea of “Enhanced Direct Access” (EDA) through “Funding Entities” (FEs) ? as envisaged in paragraph 47 of the GCF Governing Instrument (GI). This idea is by no means new.2 Indeed there exists a considerable literature considerable on the topic, but it was only at the most recent GCF Board meeting in Nusa Dua, Indonesia, that the idea was given centre stage in a workshop on “Country Ownership and Enhancing Direct Access” organised by the Indonesian host of the meeting.
The aim of this Guide is to provide a rough idea of what this Enhanced Direct Access modality is meant to be and how it relates to some of the other, more traditional modalities and approaches such as the “Programmatic Approach”. As such it is meant to be complementary to the recent ecbi Policy Brief on “Devolved Access Modalities"

FC Publication Date: 
02 April 2014
FC Publication: 
Benito Müller