Dear friends and colleagues,  

I am happy to share with you updates from the IEU in the last few months. Since B.34, the team has continued its work on evaluations, promoting learning within the GCF ecosystem, and engaging externally at international conferences and events relating to the IEU's work. We were also able to spend time to plan for 2023 during a team retreat in Yeosu. 

Most importantly, the IEU delivered three evaluations in time for B.35 focusing on GCF’s investments in the African States, the approach to Direct Access, and its overall performance during GCF-1 (Second Performance Review). In addition, the Annual Report 2022 was also submitted for B.35. The team worked tirelessly in the last few months to finalize these reports. I am very grateful for their work and dedication to delivering these high-quality products which help ensure the GCF’s accountability and effectiveness.  

The IEU has also launched three evaluations, which will be undertaken in 2023: the Independent Evaluation of the GCF's Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme, the Independent Evaluation of the GCF’s Investment Framework, and the Independent Evaluation of GCF’s Approach to the Energy Sector. The requests for proposals, including terms of reference, for these evaluations, were released in the previous few months, and the draft approach and methods of the new RPSP evaluation were presented to the Board for feedback through a webinar. 

The IEU continued to engage with internal and external stakeholders. We organized several events for the GCF Board and the Secretariat to disseminate lessons learned and foster dialogue on topics related to our evaluations. The webinars and learning talks covered findings and recommendations from the completed and on-going evaluations, the recently published Evaluability Assessment of GCF Funding Proposals, the Evaluation Policy for the GCF, Accreditation at the GCF, and much more. 

The IEU also continued its external engagements. Highlights include: a mission to Washington DC for the annual general meeting of the United Nations Evaluation Group and convening a meeting of the evaluation and learning teams of the four climate funds, attendance at COP27 of UNFCCC and COP14 of the Ramsar Convention; and IEU interns engaging with Incheon City and United Nations Project Office on Governance (UNPOG)

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Thank you, 
Andreas Reumann, 
Head of the IEU a.i. 
The thirty-fifth meeting of the GCF Board (B.35) will take place in Songdo, South Korea, from 13 to 16 March 2023. In time for B.35, the IEU delivered its 2022 Annual Report, African States evaluation, Direct Access Synthesis and the Second Performance Review of the GCF. This final SPR report is the fourth and final deliverable of the SPR, and assesses the GCF’s performance during GCF-1
In line with the Evaluation Policy, the IEU has prepared five Management Action Reports (MARs) to track the progress made in the adoption of recommendations contained in IEU evaluations and the GCF Secretariat's management response. The IEU will hold a side event during B.35 to share insights from the five MARs submitted as annexes to its 2022 Annual Report
The final report of the Second Performance Review of the GCF (SPR) is now available. The evaluation was launched in June 2021, and the SPR team undertook over 700 semi-structured interviews of stakeholders and collected data through in-person or hybrid country missions covering twelve countries in the course of the evaluation. Find out more here.
The Independent Evaluation of the Relevance and Effectiveness of the GCF’s investments in the African States is now available and has been submitted in time for B.35. This evaluation is the final in a series of evaluations examining the relevance and effectiveness of the GCF’s approach and investments in vulnerable countries. In a concerted effort to cover vulnerable countries as defined by the GCF’s governing instrument, evaluations on the GCF’s SIDS and the LDCs portfolios were delivered in 2020 and 2022 respectively, prior to the African States' evaluation. Read the report here.
The Independent Synthesis of Direct Access in the Green Climate Fund is now available and has been submitted in time for B.35. The Synthesis aimed to provide learning and assessment on the Direct Access modality of the GCF in order to improve the overall performance of the GCF’s DAE portfolio. Find out more here.
The Independent Evaluation of the GCF's Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme has been launched. This evaluation will aim to assess the progress, gains, effectiveness, and efficiency of the RPSP, while gauging the extent to which the RPSP has led to transformational projects and programmes in the GCF. The RFP for the evaluation was launched at the end of 2022, and the evaluation team presented a synthesis note as a deliverable for the evaluation during a Board webinar held on 23 February 2023. Find out more here.
The Independent Evaluation of GCF’s Approach to Energy Sector has now been launched. This evaluation will cover a wide geographic area of operations of the GCF with themes covering the relevance, efficiency, suitability, effectiveness, and innovativeness of GCF’s portfolio in the energy sector in achieving climate goals alongside the lessons learned from the investments. The evaluation team is preparing an approach paper and identifying evaluation questions and methods. Find out more here.
The Independent Evaluation of the GCF’s Investment Framework has been launched. This evaluation will look at the overarching questions of how effective and fit-for-purpose the GCF’s investment framework, accompanying tools, criteria, and guidelines are in fulfilling the Fund’s strategic goals and mandate. The evaluation team is preparing an approach paper and identifying evaluation questions and methods. Find out more here.
In December 2022, IEU’s Learning-Oriented Real-Time Impact Assessment (LORTA) programme held an in-person workshop in Ethiopia, focusing on data collection and data analysis. Nine country teams participated in the workshop herewith increasing the capacities of 27 participants. During the workshop, information on and best practices of impact evaluation methodologies, implementation, monitoring, and the various procedures surrounding data collection were interactively presented and discussed. Besides LORTA's capacity training, several opportunities were created for the exchange of project experiences and the adoption of the acquired knowledge to their respective project(s) under the guidance of a specialist.

In 2022, LORTA also published the Impact Evaluation Report for FP002 : Scaling up the Use of Modernized Climate Information and Early Warning Systems in Malawi. The impact evaluation focuses on the Participatory Integrated Climate Services for Agriculture (PICSA) component of the project and its impact on the climate resilience of farmers supported within FP002. 

Lastly, in preparation for future impact evaluations, LORTA finalized the baseline reports for Zambia (UNDP, FP072) and Bangladesh (UNDP, FP069) projects. Furthermore, the midline survey was completed for the FP026 project in Madagascar, in collaboration with Conservation International.
The Evaluability Study, now available on our website, demonstrates IEU’s continuing effort to assess the tools and frameworks within the GCF funding proposals that enable robust monitoring and measurement of results during project implementation. The series began in 2019 with “Becoming bigger, better, smarter: A summary of the evaluability of Green Climate Fund proposals”. Read the full paper here.
The IEU recently published an evidence gap map and systemic review on women’s empowerment in developing countries. The review focused on life skills interventions, which are defined as the abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life. It found that life skills interventions had a significant and positive impact on women’s psycho-social well-being, self-worth, attitudes towards gender issues, and self-leadership. Read the full paper here.
IEU's evidence gap map and systematic review on behavioural science interventions in developing countries were also published recently. They focused solely on the effects of feedback, reminders, and goal-setting interventions. Some of the most significant intervention types were found to be feedback and reminders, particularly in relation to the outcomes of electricity and water consumption. Read the full paper here.


From 23 to 25 November 2022, the IEU held its team retreat in Yeosu, Republic of Korea. The event offered the opportunity to reflect on our work, develop work plans for the upcoming year, establish improved ways of working, and get better acquainted with each other, thus enabling better collaboration moving forward. The team also had fun together supporting our host country Korea in the World Cup taking place that week. Some staff members used the opportunity to learn more about wetlands management during a site visit to the Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve in Jeollanam-do, South Korea, which is officially certified by the Ramsar Convention and UNESCO.


Since the start of the year, the IEU already held three webinars for the Board members, alternate members, and advisors. The webinars shared key findings and recommendations from the Direct Access Synthesis (2 February), the African States evaluation (9 February), and presented the approach and methods of the new RPSP evaluation (23 February). During the events, participants were able to share their feedback and comments and engage in discussions with the evaluation teams.


As part of IEU's ongoing efforts to promote the uptake of evaluative evidence, foster a culture of learning and dialogue, and build capacity within the GCF ecosystem, the Unit regularly organized learning talks and webinars. From November 2022 to February 2023, eight IEU learning talks and webinars specifically for the GCF Secretariat were held. Click the links below to learn more: 


In line with the TOR and the Evaluation Policy for the GCF, the IEU regularly engages in events, conferences, and activities in order to promote the uptake of evaluative evidence and learning. At these events, the IEU presents key findings and lessons learnt from its evaluations, evidence reviews, and learning papers. Team members also continued to build relationships and gain insight into the latest international initiatives relating to evaluations and the climate finance sphere. 

In the past few months, the IEU participated in the following external events:  


Aidyn Kaiyrbekova,
Evaluations Assistant Consultant

Before joining the IEU, Aidyn worked at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and Friedrich Ebert Foundation office in Vienna. She holds an MA in European Studies from Göttingen and Jagiellonian universities as well as a bachelor’s degree in Regional Studies from the Eurasian National University, Astana.
Carine Valarché,
Evaluations Assistant Consultant
Carine Valarché  has worked for the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development, Global Green Growth Institute, and Division of Portfolio Management at the GCF.  She holds an MS in Green Business and Policy from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and a BA in Human, Social, and Political Science from the University of Cambridge.
Michelle Park,
Executive Assistant
Prior to joining the IEU, Michelle worked for the Embassy of Denmark as a government relations/commercial officer. She also worked at Samsung as Corporate Communications Assistant Manager. After living and studying in New Zealand for 11 years, Michelle came back to Korea and obtained a bachelor's degree in Life Sciences and Biotechnology from Yonsei University.
Seung-Moon Kang,
Evaluations Assistant Consultant

Seung-Moon worked for the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), and Office of Human Resources at the GCF. He holds an MS in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis, and a BS in Environmental Economics and Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
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