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The IEU Lunch Talk series is a monthly event that showcases key figures and ideas in the world of evaluation and climate change. Speakers come across the world, delivering and sharing their knowledge with broader peers working and/or being interested in corresponding topics. The venue of the event is mostly at the GCF's building, Songdo, Republic of Korea.


Stay tuned for updates regarding future lunch talks. 


Previous Lunch Talk events

A capricious ally: How complexity is a problem and solution in the fight against climate change 10 October 2019
Dr. Karoline Wiesner of the University of Bristol discusses how concepts and tools from complexity science can be used to better plan, manage and evaluate climate projects.

Examining the effectiveness of adaptation and forest conservation interventions: A snapshot of evidence gap maps 26 September 2019
Dr. Jo Puri and Dr. Solomon Asfaw delve into the basics of evidence gap maps (EGMs) and how the Population-Intervention-Comparator-Outcome (PICO) framework is being used to identify the scope and categories of interventions. 

Aligning agendas for climate change mitigation and food security: The race towards 2030 8 August 2019
Dr. Lini Wollenberg of the University of Vermont examines the global significance of agricultural and food system emissions, the role of the public and private sector to reduce these emissions and hotspots for action. 

Approaching commodity-driven deforestation 20 June 2019
Stephen Donofrio of Forest Trends describes his organization's work with supply chains and the ecosystem marketplace.

Humanitarian responses to climate change 30 May 2019
Dr. Unni Karunakara, Shinhan Distinguished Visiting Professor of Yonsei University, examines how environmental and public health professionals can better respond to humanitarian needs resulting from climate change.

Climate finance and transboundary risk. 30 April 2019
Kevin M. Adams, Research Associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), delves into the components of transboundary risk and relation to climate finance.

Managing the health risks of climate change. 10 April 2019
Dr. Kristie Ebi, Director of the Center for Health and Global Environment (CHanGE) at the University of Washington, provides an overview of building climate resilient health systems. In her talk, she emphasizes that a more comprehensive, systems-oriented, transformative approach is required.

REDD+: A global effort to mitigate climate change and protect forests. 22 March 2019
Juan Chang, Principal Specialist in Forests and Land Use at the Green Climate Fund, provides an overview of REDD+ and its importance in fighting climate change. The talk delves into Juan’s key points on forest degradation and the relationship of forests to CO2 levels. His presentation then includes a discussion of the significance of financing REDD+ projects and its likely trajectory in the future.

Temporal trends in effect sizes: causes, detection and policy implications. 18 January 2019
Elena Kulinskaya from the School of Computing Science, University of East Anglia, discusses how rapid temporal changes in cumulative evidence are a challenge to policy-making and why it is important to monitor temporal trends to separate spurious from real changes. The presentation also examines the importance of regularly updating previous meta-analyses and, if needed, their resulting policies.

Machine Learning for Evaluating Development. 12 December 2018
AidData's Seth Goodman examines machine learning in leveraging spatial data for development. His talk focuses on using satellite imagery and machine learning to measure socioeconomic and environmental indicators, evaluating project outcomes using hybrid econometric and machine learning techniques, and leveraging computation to improve transparency in development projects.

The GEF in the changing environmental finance landscape. 30 November 2018
The Sixth Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF was conducted by the GEF's Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) in 2017. In this presentation, Dr. Juha I. Uitto, the Director of the IEO, focuses on the design, process and main conclusions of the Comprehensive Evaluation, as well as discusses the role and influence of independent evaluation in large funding partnerships.

Policy options to manage climate risk & food insecurity: Current realities, future potential. 31 October 2018
Ample evidence suggests climate shocks create and sustain poverty and food insecurity in rural regions of the developing world. Dr. Solomon Asfaw examines the utility of policy instruments such as cash transfers, weather index insurance, diversification and input subsidies in mitigating the increasingly deleterious impacts of climate risk on poverty and food security. 

Impact evaluation of climate investment to support Protected Areas 4 September 2018
Aaron Zazueta is a former Chief Evaluation Officer for the Global Environment Facility's  Independent Evaluation Office where he led a global evaluation of the impact of Protected Areas on biodiversity. This Talk looks at the evaluation’s mix of quantitative, qualitative, and spatial methods in data collection and analyses. It also looks at mixed methods for evaluating portfolios from multiple angles.

Donor competition and Aid effectiveness. 28 August 2018
Dr. Jae Eun Shin, a senior researcher at the JWLee Centre for Clobal Medicine, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, presents her research on the effect of donor competition on aid effectiveness, how tradittional donors react to such competition and how recipient countries respond to the changing dynamics of international development.

The marriage of private funds and institutional investors for an impactful climate investment. 31 July 2018
Mr. Sergio Pombo, GCF's Head of Private Equity Funds, examines concerns about the gap between global climate investment demand and the limited availability of funding channels. Institutional investors manage USD 120 trillion but lack the modalities to engage with climate-related portfolios. In this Talk, Sergio asks if GCF should support Funds to help close the climate investment gap.

The Geospatial Revolution in Programme Evaluation: Data, Methods, Tools and Applications. 21 June 2018
Dr. Bradley Parks, Executive Director of AidData, provides an overview of Geospatial Impact Evaluations (GIEs) methods and tools which are believed more rigorous than performance evaluations but significantly cheaper and faster than many randomised control trials, making it possible for a large number of programmes to undergo a rigorous impact evaluation with a credible counterfactual.

Dynamic learning & evaluation: The GCF portfolio and suggestions for ways to improve organizational learning. 28 May 2018
Dr. Nathan Fiala, Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Connecticut, and IEU's consultant assessing the evaluability of GCF approved proposals, discusses GCF's current portfolio and the opportunity to learn about the impacts from individual programmes to improve organizational learning, focusing on both environmental and social outcomes.

Climate + Change in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH): Developing resilience-building solutions. 30 April 2018
Dr. David Molden, Director General of International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), discusses how climate change affects HKH and downstream regions, and the strategies used to adapt and build resilience. In order to achieve transformative change, supportive policies, knowledge-based investments, innovations, and regional cooperation are essential.

Can cities be climate neutral engines of growth? 20 March 2018
Drazen Kucan, GCF's Senior Urban Development and Energy Efficiency Specialist, examines the role cities play in emitting greenhouse gasses. He discusses how we can change and influence transformational pathways for cities and decouple their GDP growth from further carbonisation.

Evaluating the impacts of REDD+ on forests and people. 12 February 2018
The Center for International Forestry Research discusses how REDD+ jointly affects forests and people at REDD+ sites in Asia, Africa and Latin America. GCF’s Moon Herrick briefly explains the Fund’s position on REDD+ work.

Changing Behaviours, Changing Policy – Evidence on Behavioural Insights for Green Growth. 26 January 2018
By Ms Sara Castro-Hallgren, Programme Expert, UN Project Office on Governance, Co-Chair, Behavioural Insights Research Committee, Green Growth Knowledge Platform

‘Problems with implementing climate information services’ and ‘Evidence on what works and what doesn’t in translating information into action’. 12 December 2017
By Dr Joseph Intsiful, GCF's Division of Mitigation and Adaptation, and Dr Jo Puri, GCF’s Independent Evaluation Unit

Can sales of solar products and services be commercially viable business in poor rural communities? Evaluative evidence from India.27 October 2017
By Professor Semee Yoon, Associate Professor, Sustainable Development and Cooperation at Underwood International College and the Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University

How can we evaluate policy effects of Knowledge Sharing Programs? 25 September 2017
By Professor Suk-Won Lee, Executive Director, Center for International Development Evaluation, Graduate School of Public Administration at Seoul National University