What’s New with the IEU

Dear colleagues, 

We hope you enjoy reading our latest updates!

Results-based payment interventions provide funding to actors that are contingent upon the achievement of predefined outcomes, outputs, or activities. The IEU's latest Learning Paper, Evidence Review on Results-based payments: Evidence Gap Map and Intervention Heat Map catalogues the effectiveness of results-based payment interventions across sectors and levels. It also investigates where the Green Climate Fund has allocated results-based payment project financing to date. Click here to read more!
📅 This month's IEU Virtual Talk will feature a presentation discussing the evidence review on results-based payments. Make sure you to mark your calendar for Thursday, February 25!

The IEU is currently finalizing the Independent Evaluation of the Adaptation Portfolio and Approach of the Green Climate Fund, which will be submitted at the B.28 and presented during an upcoming Virtual B.28 Side Event. Look out for an invite in your inboxes! In the meantime, you can read the Approach Paper here.
A new IEU learning paper titled “How to bridge the gap between complexity science and evaluation – A new analysis tool as a first step” will be out soon!

We are experiencing the reality of climate change in ever stronger terms. Climate and human activity are now firmly coupled, creating a complex system. Complexity is the spontaneous emergence of structure and behaviour in decentralized systems, composed of many parts and interactions. While complexity is often perceived as the problem, it also offers solutions. The question is: how do we deal with the increase in uncertainty and unpredictability in complex systems, in the context of climate mitigation and adaptation projects? This paper introduces and discusses a diagnostic tool to map the interaction between the project/investment and the social–ecological system, as well as a complexity rating system: these tools can guide the theory of change, design, management and evaluation of projects by identifying and tracing project components that contribute to non-linear and sudden changes.

This paper is authored by Dr. Karoline Wiesner from the University of Bristol School of Mathematics, Dr. Jyotsna Puri from IFAD and the IEU’s Andreas Reumann. Keep an eye out for this paper, which will be published on the IEU’s website later this month. 
This month, the IEU welcomed Beatrice Muroni, our new Communications and Uptake Intern.
Beatrice is the IEU's new Communications and Uptake Intern. She holds a bachelor’s in Political Science and a master’s double degree in International Relations. Her interests include communication, peacebuilding, and climate change. Beatrice loves to travel, try out new foods, and learn new skills. Currently, she is taking her first steps in computer programming. She might be the only Italian who does not like mozzarella (unless on pizza!).

"Non vedo l'ora di contribuire al lavoro dell'IEU, fedele al suo slogan 'Prove affidabili, politiche informate, alto impatto'."
But sadly, the IEU also said goodbye to our colleagues Courtland Matthews, Communications and Uptake Associate, and David Huang, Evaluation Researcher, who will be moving on to new career opportunities.
"Dear colleagues, wow, what a ride! It is hard to believe that I am leaving G-Tower. Working at the IEU has been full of challenges but also unique opportunities for professional growth. I am fortunate that, for the last two years, I have worked with such an array of talented and driven colleagues dedicated to helping the GCF become faster, smarter, and better. I can’t wait to hear what is in store for the IEU in the future!"
"Dear colleagues, last week was my last as a GCF staff member. I only have fond memories of the past two years I spent working at the GCF and living in Songdo. There are many reasons for this, but it is the people I have met here that contributed to such positive experience. I feel privileged to have met, befriended, and worked with so many interesting and talented people from all over the world. These last two years have elevated me both on a personal and professional level. I wish the GCF the best of luck and have no doubt that the IEU will continue to help the GCF become faster, smarter, and better."

The most recent episode of our podcast "The Evaluator" features Dr. Ania Grobicki, Deputy Director for External Affairs at the Green Climate Fund. She was one of the Coordinating Lead Authors of the Freshwater chapter of the UN Environment’s 6th Global Environment Outlook report, sub-titled “Healthy Planet, Healthy People”. In this episode, she discusses the global water cycle and, especially, the state and trends of freshwater worldwide, as reflected in this UNEP report. 

You can subscribe to 'The Evaluator' on AppleSpotifyGoogleRadioPublicBreaker and Overcast.

Up to 80 participants joined the IEU Virtual Talk held in January 2021, featuring Dr. Junseok Hwang, Professor of the Technology Management, Economics, and Policy Program in the College of Engineering and Director of the International Technology Professionals Program at Seoul National University (SNU).

Professor Hwang talked about how Korean organizations, particularly higher education institutions, are addressing the challenge of greener growth through the use of digital technologies. In particular, audiences learned about the new SNU Smart campus in Siheung Smart City. Click here to watch the recording!
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