Delivering a virtual training course on GCF project requirements in Belize

Delivering a virtual training course on GCF project requirements in Belize

Acclimatise’s Climate Finance team, in partnership with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (CCCCC), has designed and launched a five-week virtual training course on GCF project requirements as part of Belize’s Green Climate Fund (GCF) Readiness 2 Support – “Building Capacity for Direct Access to Climate Finance”. One of the objectives of this Readiness support is to strengthen the capacity of Belize’s National Designated Authority (NDA) – the Ministry of Economic Development (MED) – to effectively mobilise, manage and monitor climate finance with a view to achieving national development and climate change priorities.

This course was specifically tailored to members of Belize’s National Climate Change Committee (BNCCC) which is the committee that sits under the NDA, and designed so they can perform their GCF responsibilities, which includes appraising projects received from project developers and providing constructive feedback to national and international stakeholders.

About the course

The course was developed by Acclimatise’s Virginie Fayolle, Caroline Fouvet and Maya Dhanjal, with facilitations support from in-country expert Ann Gordon. Since commencing the course on 29th June 2020, we have had a successful first three weeks of the course which will continue until 7th August 2020. Overall, the course equips BNCCC members to:

  1. Understand GCF project requirements and what a good GCF project looks like;
  2. Grasp key GCF or general project preparation concepts, such as climate rationale, theory of change, logical framework, paradigm shift, and gender mainstreaming;
  3. Align a project with the GCF’s six investment criteria to appraise concept notes; and
  4. Provide constructive feedback on GCF concept notes received by the Belize’s NDA.

Adapting to a post-pandemic world

This training was originally designed for a face-to-face format where our instructors would travel to Belize to deliver it over a 2-week period. However, in response to travel restrictions due to coronavirus, Acclimatise adapted the format into a virtual training, following a human-centric design approach. This conversion required an understanding of the constraints faced by both parties including availability of and access to technology, using web-based products that allowed for collaboration and real-time communication, and lastly, a sense of what life is now like for BNCCC members who may be working from home, have children to home-school or dependents to take care of, and have religious observances to attend to.

Through a set of interactive plenary presentations from guest speakers, recorded videos that are accessible at participants’ own pace, as well as quizzes and live calls with featured polls to gauge participant knowledge, understanding and comfortability with the topic, the training course has been successfully re-designed for participants into a blended learning classroom where we are currently holding some “live-on-air” events as well as asynchronous activities so participants could tackle the content at their own pace. The live sessions in particular brought a range of participants together to exchange and share meaningful experiences across a broad group of stakeholders, including multiple regional government agencies and private sector organisations.

Future trainings on GCF project requirements under Readiness Support

Acclimatise has a wealth of experience designing and executing training services for clients looking to access, manage and utilise funding from the GCF. Although typically done in a face-to-face format, Acclimatise has now successfully approached adapting this training into a virtual format that maximises the potential of the participants to absorb knowledge and strengthen their success of securing funding from the GCF.

Some topics covered in the training include:

  1. Climate Change in Belize and Belize’s relevant climate-related national priorities – two presentations by Colin Mattis, Deputy Climate Change Officer at NCCO
  2. Challenges and opportunities for demonstrating the climate rationale of a GCF project and related data needs – a panel discussion with Olivia Avilez from Belize Sugar Industries, Ryan Zuniga from CCCCC and Ronald Gordon from National Meteorological Services
  3. The relevance of adaptation in Belize: the business perspective – a presentation by Olivia Avilez at Belize Sugar Industries

You can find more information about how Acclimatise can help you mobilise, catalyse, and leverage public and private capital to deliver your climate investment strategies and financing for climate-resilience solutions on our website.

If you are interested in our training offering on the topic,  contact: Ms. Virginie Fayolle

Cover photo of Belize flag from Wikimedia Commons.

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