DCF is an action-research and advocacy project supporting communities in Senegal and Mali to become more resilient to climate change. It is part of the UK-government funded program, Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED). The Near East Foundation leads the project with partners Innovation, Environnement et Développement en Afrique (IED-Afrique) and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).
Over three years, NEF will work with national, regional, and local governments in Mali and Senegal to establish 6 Climate Adaptation Funds (CAF) of £500,000 (about 445 million CFA Francs) that will finance public goods investments designed to build community resilience to climate change. Vulnerable communities will identify and prioritize investments through participatory, local level processes that are inclusive of women and youth. NEF will also equip local governments with the financial and planning systems they need to manage the CAFs in a transparent and accountable manner, and integrate climate adaptation strategies into long-term local development planning.