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The IEU fulfils its mandate through four functions:

Evaluation:It undertakes independent evaluations at different levels to inform GCF's strategic result areas and ensure its accountability. It also attests the quality of self-evaluations and performs independent peer reviews.

Learning and communication: The IEU Ensures high-quality evidence and recommendations from independent evaluations are synthesised and incorporated into GCF's functioning and processes.

Advisory and capacity support: The IEU advises the Board of lessons learnt from evaluations and provides guidelines and support to independent evaluation units of intermediaries and implementing entities of GCF.

Engagement: The IEU leverages expertise and presence. It engages with independent evaluation offices of accredited entities and other GCF stakeholders.


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IEU’s 2019 Work Plan and Budget

At its twenty-first meeting in October 2018, the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) approved a budget of USD 4,502,800 to fund the Independent Evaluation Unit’s (IEU) activities in 2019.

There are four key elements of the IEU’s annual work plan for 2019.

I. Evaluations
The IEU will undertake four evaluations in 2019: 
  • An independent evaluation of the GCF’s country ownership; 
  • An independent evaluation of the GCF’s environmental and social safeguards; 
  • Continue the IEU’s Learning-Oriented Real-Time Impact Assessment (LORTA); and 
  • A performance review of the GCF.  

II. Advisory services, learning and capacity strengthening
The IEU will inform on learnings and strengthen capacity: 
  • Build a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) database for approved projects. 
  • Build and strengthen data systems and initiate a ‘data-lab’. The IEU’s data-lab will develop high-quality databases to support rigorous measurement. 
  • Deliver capacity building through videos, webinars and learning modules that communicate evaluation standards and methods to the Fund’s broad range of stakeholders.
  • Conduct methods studies that examine two key topics.

III. Communications, syntheses and building partnerships
The IEU will continue to produce and disseminate learning products and build partnerships using the following components:
  • Complete evidence gap-maps on forestry, adaptation, transformational change and complexity methods for evaluating climate change.
  • Support learning workshops for staff of Accredited Entities, National Designated Authorities, evaluation offices and other GCF partner agencies.
  • Continue to disseminate among IEU’s stakeholders lessons learned from its gap-map reviews, its study on the quality of GCF funded projects, along with working papers and learning products.
  • Engage leading climate change and evaluation experts and build a global network that supports high quality, joint evaluations and strengthens its relations with the independent evaluation units.

IV. Building the IEU
The IEU will continue to build and strengthen its capacity. To meet its objective of completing four evaluations annually, the IEU will hire three new staff in 2019, bringing the total number of staff members for the unit to twelve.


Key documents