Project profile — Climate Investment Funds - Accelerating Coal Transition Investment Program (CIF-ACT)


IBRD Trust Funds - World Bank (44001)
2022-03-31 - 2047-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• South Africa (21.00%)
• Indonesia (21.00%)
• India (21.00%)
• Philippines (21.00%)
• Macedonia (8.00%)
• Dominican Republic (8.00%)


• Energy Generation, Distribution And Efficiency - General: Energy policy and administrative management (23110) (10.00%)
• Energy Generation, Renewable Resources: Energy generation, renewable sources - multiple technologies (23210) (90.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (principal objective)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (significant objective)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to accelerate the transition from coal-powered to clean energy while ensuring a holistic, integrated, socially-inclusive and gender-equal just transition in recipient countries: India, Indonesia, Philippines and South Africa for the first phase of the project. There could be more recipient countries in following phases. The Climate Investment Funds - Accelerating Coal Transition (CIF – ACT) investment program is building support at the local level to reconsider the development of new coal plants and accelerate the retirement of existing coal assets. It will foster new economic activities fueled by new clean energy sources for those impacted by the transition. The program works with public sector utilities and private sector operators to define pathways to advance transitions while ensuring the pursuit of a just transition approach in supporting a change away from coal in recipient countries. Project activities include: (1) supporting the closure and decommissioning of coal mines and coal power plants; (2) supporting power plant repurposing toward renewable energy and energy storage; (3) providing funding support for labour retrenchment packages and reskilling/retraining packages, including a gender action plan; and (4) developing a transition strategy as part of implementing investment projects through close consultation with key stakeholders across different ministries and agencies within a recipient country. This project aims to benefit the communities in the CIF-ACT recipient countries, particularity workers affected by the coal-to-clean transition, including women and other traditionally marginalized groups such as Indigenous peoples, youth and persons living with a disability. The Women-Led Coal Transition Mechanism complements this initiative.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased environmentally sustainable coal-to-clean transitions; (2) increased social and economic conditions for workers, particularly women and vulnerable populations, affected by the coal-to-clean transition; and (3) increased adoption and implementation by CIF-ACT recipient countries of equitable and gender-responsive policies and strategies for coal-to-clean transition.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $200,000,000
Planned disbursement $200,000,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Reimbursable grant
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to multi-donor/single-entity funding mechanisms
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