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climate finance 2019Course date

12-21 August 2019


University of Ottawa, Ottawa-Canada

Maximum number of participants


Course summary

Financing the transition to a climate-resilient and low-carbon development remains a major challenge for most developing countries. The purpose of this course is to provide participants with the tools, methods and approaches to access climate finance and invest in climate mitigation and adaptation actions. It will analyse the global climate finance landscape and present options and challenges for financing the nationally determined contributions (NDC) of developing countries and economies in transition. Under the Paris Climate Accord, climate finance is expected to significantly increase in the coming years. Most developed countries remain committed to mobilising USD 100 billion per year by 2020 to support developing countries. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is one of the primary recipients of this funding commitment. Funding is also expected to continue to come from a wide variety of sources. The course is designed to help participants improve their knowledge and skills in the field of climate finance.

Course content

At the end of the course, participants will understand the issues and options related to climate finance. They will be able to: prepare or contribute to the preparation of a GCF project in their domains, explore opportunities presented by climate finance, or integrate climate finance into their new responsibilities and institutions. The course will cover the following areas:

Day 1

  • Climate science, vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation
  • Climate policies, plans and strategies

Day 2

  • Climate finance mechanisms and initiatives
  • Climate finance instruments

Day 3

  • Clean technology and green bond investments
  • Mainstreaming gender into climate finance

Day 4

  • Green Climate Fund (GCF)
  • Preparation of bankable GCF project (Readiness and SAP)

Day 5

  • Preparation of bankable GCF project (Concept note)
  • Preparation of bankable GCF project (Full proposal)

Day 6

  • Field trip to clean tech companies in Toronto

Day 7

  • Field trip to clean tech companies in Montreal

Day 8

  • Group work
  • Presentation of group work


Target audience

Decision makers and employees of government organisations, development practitioners and international agencies, investors and private sector, NGOs, researchers and GCF project proponents.

Course Director

The course will be delivered by Professor Kalame Fobissie, who is Adjunct Professor at the School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa and the CEO of FOKABS Inc. Professor Fobissie experience covers more than 40 countries in the areas of climate finance, climate policy, NAP, NAPA, REDD+, NDC, AFOLU, CDM, NAMA and the UNFCCC negotiations where he represented 10 countries during the drafting of the Paris Climate Accord. 

Experts from the University of Ottawa and Global Affairs Canada will also provide inputs to the course.

Course coordinator

Vera Morbey (

Course fee

3000 Canadian Dollars (CAD)

Living costs is at the expense of the participants


English and French 


Logistical assistance will be provided to participants to book hotels. Participants will be responsible for the costs of the course, accommodations, meals and transportation to and from Ottawa.


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FOKABS’ mission is to advance climate-resilient and low-carbon development solutions, investments and lifestyles that protect the environment


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