Green Climate Fund’s IEU and IRMU Short Versions

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Short Version of the GCF’s Integrity Units TORs

Immediate Work Plan fo IEU
– Outline the Independent evaluation policy;
– Establishing the IEU;
– Building and strengthening evaluation capacity
– describing the core elements of IEU’s annual and rolling three-year work plan

TOR of IEU with its objectives:
(a) Informing decision-making by the Board and identifying and disseminating lessons learned, contributing to guiding the GCF and stakeholders as a learning institution, providing strategic guidance;
(b) Conducting periodic independent evaluations of GCF performance to objectively assess the results of the GCF and the effectiveness and efficiency of its activities; and
(c) Providing assessment reports to the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement for purposes of periodic reviews of the Financial Mechanism.

Responsibilities of the IEU
1. Evaluation: IEU will undertake independent overall, portfolio, country, thematic, programme evaluations that inform GCF strategic results areas…
2. Advisory and capacity support: IEU is required to advise the Board by synthesizing findings and lessons learned from its evaluation… Inform the ED of GCF and other stakeholders
3. Learning: IEU will support the GCF in its learning function by ensuring that recommendations from independent evaluations are incorporated into the Secretariat’s functioning and processes
4. Engagement: IEU will actively participate in relevant evaluation networks to ensure that it is at the frontier of evaluation practice; involve its own staff and staff from NDAs and AEs in evaluations; will support knowledge hubs on low-emission and climate-resilient approaches

Main Elements of the Independent Evaluation Unit’s work plan (March to June 2017)
1. Outlining an independent evaluation policy
– 2 pillars of independent evaluations:
a) to deliver rigorous, evidence-based evaluations that inform key results areas of the GCF,
b) to complement the critical learning attribute of the GCF – IEU will support activities to build evaluation capacity, etc.

2. Establishing the Independent Evaluation Unit
– IEU will prepare TOR for five staff positions; annual budget and evaluations; also include country portfolios, thematic evaluations, process and key programme and project evaluations

3. Building and strengthening evaluation capacity
– evaluations quality is dependent on the information systems of the projects and programmes themselves as well as those of the independent entities
– IEU will help build and strengthen evaluation capacities of sub-national, national and regional entities

4. Outlining key elements of a rolling three-year work plan for the Independent Evaluation Unit:
a. Report to the COP on the performance of the GCF as requested
b. Attest to the quality of GCF self-evaluation conducted by the Secretariat
c. Update the GCF core operations priorities
d. Lead the thematic evaluations in the GCF result areas – support and actions on climate change and mitigation
e. Support and commission project and programme evaluations
f. Review the implementation of the operational guidelines and the effectiveness of the Project Preparation Facility
g. Provide inputs into the results-based framework of the GCF
h. Participate and support evaluation networks
i. Establish and support close relationship with the independent evaluation units of intermediaries and implementing entities of the GCF

Necessary updates to the terms of reference of IRM:
1. Guiding principles of the IRM: its guiding principles, such as fairness, independence, transparency and responsiveness… are in a single paragraph in the updated TOR
2. IRM functions: current TOR assigns two core functions – those related to the reconsideration of funding decisions and those related to complaints from persons impacted by projects
3. Governance of the IRM: performs an essential accountability function and reports directly to the Board and is independent of the Secretariat.
4. Lessons learned and public outreach: current TOR the IRM is expected to play an advisory role, and provide recommendations for policy and procedural changes, based on the experience gained from complaints by affected persons
5. Modalities for reconsideration of funding decisions: current TOR provides for an NDA from a developing country to file a request for reconsideration with the IRM when the Board has denied funding to a specific project or programme..

Modalities for redress for affected persons/groups:
a) individuals should also be allowed to file a complaint
b) group can file a complaint – group means two or more persons
c) It should be made possible to submit a complaint through an authorized representative;
d) IRM should be able to keep the identities of the complainants confidential
e) IRM to proactively conduct an investigation where it receives information from a credible source that a person, groups or community has suffered…
f) not only that the affected person/groups can complain but also has a consistent principle that it is better to prevent harm than to remedy it afterward
g) mediation is made compulsory in all cases under the current TOR – a consensual process; IRM will offer problem-solving, including mediation…
h) a complainant seeking compliance review must show that there has been a violation of the GCF policies or procedures
i) the IRM has been updated to set out a non-exhaustive list of remedies that the IRM may recommend to the Board…

Sources:

Independent Evaluation Unit – document
Independent Redress Mechanism Unitdocument

Venues/dates of the next GCF Board Meetings
GCF B18 invitations from: Egypt, Morocco, Tonga, Georgia
– Egypt was recommended and approved by the Board Members
GCF B.17: 
– To be held on 4-6 July in Songdo, Republic of Korea

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