Improving the business environment for climate adaptation: Needs and opportunities for investment in ACP countries

Climate change is the most significant challenge to achieving sustainable development in ACP countries. With limited availability of domestic or international finance, ACP countries need to stimulate private investment for climate change adaptation. Improving the business environment for climate adaptation is key to unlocking private sector development and investment by the private sector in sustainable development.

To focus investment climate and business environment reforms in a way to maximise the mobilisation of investment for climate adaptation, ACP countries need to prioritise sectors and businesses where there is a clear business case and return on investment for the private sector. By understanding the different needs of these businesses – from micro agricultural enterprises, to large water utilities and financial institutions – investment climate reforms can be tailored to unlock investment and accelerate climate adaptation.


Date: 10 December 2020
Time: 04:00-05:30 pm (CET)

About the webinar

This online event presents key research and practices and practitioners experiences, opening a series of knowledge products of the ICR Facility on how to boost climate smart investments in ACP countries. Bringing together experts from across the world on mobilising the private sector for climate change adaptation, the online event will engage the audience on identifying future strategies for knowledge sharing and development cooperation on this topic.

This webinar is for:

  • Governments and public agencies from ACP countries and other countries interested in working to implement climate change adaptation.

  • Global network of practitioners and experts working towards engaging private sector in delivery and financing of climate change adaptation.

  • Donors, funders and development cooperation institutions seeking to maximize impact of their efforts on climate change adaptation, private sector development, or ICR/BER.

  • Private sector representative organizations at the national and regional level seeking to enhance public-private dialogue on climate change.


  • Welcome Address - Escipión J. Oliveira Gómez, Assistant Secretary General / OACPS, and Miguel Campo-Llopis, Policy Officer DG DEVCO / European Commission

  • Investment needs and challenges for climate change adaptation across ACP countries - Richard McNally, Senior Expert Business & Climate, and Nisha Krishnan, Global Commission for Adaptation / World Resources institute

  • Improving the ease of doing business for climate adaptation - Will McFarland, Senior Expert Business & Climate

  • Experiences and achievements in ACP countries - Allan Wayira, Climate Resilient Agribusiness for Tomorrow / SNV, and Jay Koh, Managing Director and Co-founder / The Lightsmith Group

  • Moderated panel discussion, and audience Q&A - all speakers, and Andrea Staudhammer / GIZ

About the ICR Facility

The ICR Facility is co-funded by the European Union (EU), the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), together with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the British Council. It is implemented by GIZ, the British Council, Expertise France, and SNV.

The ICR Facility supports specific and targeted interventions at the economy-wide, sectorial and value chain level with Technical Assistance for up to 90 days based on requests. Requests can be handed in by OACPS public and private stakeholders according to the eligibility requirements. The ICR Facility offers Technical Assistance in the field of Business Environment Reform for inclusive and sustainable economic development on the basis of PublicPrivate Dialogue.