Country Programmes

The Country Programmes provide grant funding for capacity-building projects in line with priorities identified in collaboration with partner countries.

What is it?

The Country Programmes are one of the three delivery mechanisms under UK PACT. The Country Programmes work in partnership with countries that strive to overcome barriers and constraints to clean growth and have high emissions reduction potential to help them achieve their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the 2015 Paris Agreement.

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.

ICF Consulting Services Limited is delivering the Country Programmes component in Nigeria.

What are we looking for?

The Country Programmes provide grants for capacity-building projects in priority areas, which are delivered by selected implementing partners (such as NGOs, businesses, academia). A lack of enabling frameworks or clear project pipelines are cited as the two biggest barriers to implementing climate targets under the Paris Agreement. UK PACT carries out extensive engagement with partner governments and context analysis in partner countries to identify strategic sectors and priorities where UK PACT funding can be used most effectively. The programme then invites proposals from the market for projects which respond to the priorities agreed in each country.

Our projects work closely with key government stakeholders across different departments at local, regional and national levels. This multi-scale approach ensures we address the full spectrum of barriers to climate transitions, wherever they occur.

Where we operate

When the first phase of UK PACT launched in 2018, grant funding was allocated to three Country Programmes: China, Colombia and Mexico, where a total of 34 projects was funded. The second funding round in 2020 also supported programming with Malaysia and South Africa and a total of 49 new projects were funded across five countries. In 2021 the Country Programmes were extended to Indonesia, Kenya and Nigeria. 

China

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

Colombia

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

Indonesia

Indonesia has great potential for a low-carbon transition in the urban transport, energy efficiency and carbon pricing sectors which UK PACT is proud to support progress on.

Kenya

The UK and Kenya have committed to work together to accelerate action on climate change while creating green jobs, and UK PACT is key to delivering this partnership.

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.

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

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UK PACT is partnering with Nigeria to support the implementation of its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and deliver ambitious action on climate mitigation.

South Africa

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

Country Programmes in numbers

Our portfolio

8

Countries

59

Live projects

£21.5m

Funding committed to date

5

Sectors

PROJECTS

Country Programme Projects

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GUIDANCE

Country Programmes Guidance

Click below to view our guidance and templates for submitting an application for a Country Programme.

Country Programmes Guidance and templates