Country Programmes

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The Country Programmes will provide £20m of grant funding in 2020 and 2021 to support innovative projects and capacity building in line with partner countries' priorities.

What is it?

The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has partnered with Palladium International to deliver the Country Programmes under the UK PACT (Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions) programme funded through the UK's International Climate Finance portfolio.

The UK PACT Country Programmes work in partnership with countries that strive to overcome barriers and constraints to clean growth and have high emission reduction potential. This component of UK PACT therefore enables countries to pursue greater climate ambition by responding directly to partner governments’ priority areas.

What are we looking for?

The Country Programmes provide grants for capacity-building projects in priority areas, which are delivered by selected implementing partners (e.g. NGOs, businesses, academia etc.). Priority areas for projects are based on the country context and demand identified by relevant government parties prior to funding rounds.

When the first phase of UK PACT launched in 2018, grant funding was allocated to three countries: China, Colombia and Mexico. Across all countries UK PACT funded a total of 34 projects. For the next funding round in 2020, Country Programmes funding will be extended to include Malaysia and South Africa.

Where we operate


China has the opportunity to play a critical and fundamental role in tackling climate change, through its influence and approach domestically, regionally and globally.

UK PACT Colombia

UK PACT has partnered with Colombia, a country with a strong commitment to international and domestic action on climate change and sustainable growth.

UK PACT Malaysia

Malaysia has seen significant shifts in the climate governance landscape over the last few years and UK PACT is proud to be a partner in further accelerating strategic climate action.

UK PACT Mexico

UK PACT has partnered with Mexico, a country with a rich history of commitment to climate action and deep history of alliance with the UK

UK PACT South Africa

UK PACT has partnered with South Africa to support action on just transition pathways and a low carbon economic recovery.

What is the application process?

The current Country Programmes call for proposals launched in July 2020.

Applications for the China, Colombia, Malaysia, Mexico and South Africa Country Programmes are now closed. Projects
will be chosen through an open call to prospective applicants following two stages: 1) Expression of Interest (EOI)
to outline how a proposed project responds to the call; and 2) a request for detailed proposals for those
shortlisted at the EOI stage.

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