Institutional Strengthening

Background:

Between the 8th and the 10th of October, 2018, the GCF Readines Programme convened experienced practitioners (national coordinators and/or technical experts), and Readiness delivery partners.  The purpose of the workshop was to reinforce the iterative knowledge management process of implementing GCF readiness activities in countries with different socio-economic, political, geographic, and climatic contexts. Readiness support globally is reaching maturity and it was therefore timely to take stock of results and challenges to-date and feed these into new approaches for accessing GCF funds. The workshop served to take stock of the key lessons and challenges learned during the implementation of GCF Readiness initiatives in different countries. Participants presented how the support was applied, which tools were used, and the results and lessons over the course of interactive sessions.
 
 
Institutional Strengthening of NDAs: 
 
The Perspective from Ghana: Ayirebi Frimpong, GCF Readiness National Coordinator in Ghana. Download the presentation here
 
Mr. Frimpong presented Ghana’s experience with institutional arrangements and coordination mechanisms created for decision making on GCF pipeline and priorities.  As the GCF has been evolving since the beginning of the project, it took time to understand the processes and enhance NDA capacities to engage effectively with the GCF. The rotation of NDA personnel presented challenges in the process of capacity strengthening, so the project focused on producing tools including an NDA operations manual, prioritization tools and a MRV system.

Some lessons learned for Ghana are:

  • Sustained capacity building is necessary to properly strengthen NDA capacities
  • South-south exchanges are very beneficial to learn and share best practices
  • A functional national coordination system is key to successful engagement with GCF
 
 
 
The Perspective from Nepal: Pragyajan Yalamber Rai, GCF Readiness National Coordinator in Nepal- Download the presentation here
 
Mr. Pragyajan shared Nepal’s experience in strengthening institutional capacities to access GCF. The first step for Nepal was to decide on a required structure within the national institutions to address climate finance issues.  This structure included a Technical committee, a Climate Finance Unit and a Climate Finance Steering Committee. Nepal faced the same challenge as Ghana regarding personnel rotation, but having an established national coordination structure for climate finance issues helped the NDA office to overcome the challenge of personnel rotation. 

Some of the lessons learned from Nepal’s experience are: 

  • Knowledge gaps should be assessed and relevant training should be developed
  • Establishing a national functional structure for decision making is key
  • Inclusive stakeholder engagement is crucial to ensure inclusive support of the projects
  • A robust knowledge management structure will help to mitigate the risk of turnovers in the government