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IEU NEWS: 2020 Round-up
Check out the IEU News 2020 Video Round-up, and take a look back at the IEU's key accomplishments and highlights of 2020.
ADAPTATION
Figure: Relative size of the GCF in mitigation and adaptation
Source: GCF data, Climate Policy Initiative, as analysed by the IEU DataLab for the upcoming Independent Evaluation of the Adaptation Portfolio and Approach of the GCF.


The IEU is currently finalizing the Independent Evaluation of the Adaptation Portfolio and Approach of the Green Climate Fund. As part of our outreach efforts, the IEU will be hosting two webinars, on 2 and 3 February, for members and alternate members of the GCF Board, advisors, representatives from GCF accredited entities and civil society and private sector organizations. Look out for an invite in your inboxes!
In January 2021, the fifth edition of the UNEP Adaptation Gap Report was published. The report looked at the progress made in planning for, financing and implementing adaptation, focusing particularly on nature-based solutions. The IEU's Dr. Martin Prowse as well as IFAD's Dr. Jyotsna Puri were co-authors of Chapter 4 of the report, titled "Global progress on financing for adaptation." You can read more here
META-ANALYSIS
Access to credit doesn’t necessarily lead to the adoption of climate change adaptation. That is the main message from a new meta-analysis report from the IEU and the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval)

The IEU and DEval aimed to test the assumption that improved credit access leads to better climate change adaptation. In this meta-analysis, building upon the recently published evidence gap map of climate change adaptation, the authors reviewed 44 quantitative research articles to assess the role that access to credit plays in supporting households to adopt climate adaptation measures in the agricultural sector in developing countries. You can read the full report here

STAFF NEWS
At B.27the GCF Board appointed IEU’s Andreas Reumann as Head ad interim of the Independent Evaluation Unit. With the conclusion of the administrative process on 23 December 2020, Andreas is our new Head a.i. The IEU will continue to deliver state-of-the-art, evidence-based and data-driven evaluations that help make the GCF faster, smarter and better. We wish him all the best in his new position!
THE EVALUATOR

The most recent episode of the Evaluator features Doug Watkins of the East Asian Australasian Flyway Partnership, a network of partners working to protect migratory waterbirds, their habitat and the livelihoods of people dependent upon them.

Listen to hear about how the work is being done to protect more than 50 million birds from 250 different species on their way through 22 different countries.

You can subscribe to 'The Evaluator' on AppleSpotifyGoogleRadioPublicBreaker and Overcast.
MULTI-MEDIA
The IEU's Behaviour and Design Lab (BaD Lab) aims to apply insights from behavioural science to the IEU's evaluations work and asses how behavioural analysis and interventions can improve GCF procedures and projects. 

Watch this 5-minute video to learn more about why behavioural science has a role to play in climate action. 
BLOGS
What the Green Climate Fund can teach us about multilateral organizations

The IEU's Dr. Archi Rastogi writes in a new blog post that while multilateral organizations have room to improve, it would be unwise to write them off entirely. Multilateral organizations could learn from the GCF and focus more on learning and accountability. The article was first published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy. Read more!

The Sangsori Afforestation site 2012 - almost bare of trees © Bernhard Seliger

Greening North Korea - An opportunity for the GCF?

Dr. Bernhard Seliger of the Hanns-Seidel-Foundation (HSF) Korea discusses the opportunities and challenges present in the HSF’s forestry work in North Korea. Click here to read!

REDD+

In December 2020, the article Results-Based Payments for REDD+ under the Green Climate Fund: Lessons Learned on Social, Environmental and Governance Safeguards was published by the MDPI Journal on Forests. The IEU's Andreas Reumann and IFAD's Dr. Jyotsna Puri served as co-authors to the article, in addition to Daniela Rey Christen and Maria Garcia Espinosa from Climate Law and Policy (CLP). 

You can read the full article here

IEU VIRTUAL TALK

Dr. Junseok Hwang is Professor of the Technology Management, Economics, and Policy Program in the College of Engineering and Director of the International Technology Professional Program at Seoul National University (SNU).

He will take a look at how Korean organizations, particularly higher education institutions, are addressing the challenge of greener growth through the use of emerging technological innovations. In particular, audiences will learn about the new SNU Smart campus in Siheung Smart City. Join us for the Virtual Talk on Thursday 28 January, 2021 at 5:00 PM KST. Register now!
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