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Blog: Collaboration is key

By Dr. Jyotsna Puri (Jo), Head of the Independent Evaluation Unit, Green Climate Fund

Michael Jordan once said, “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” Sure, he was talking about basketball, but the statement also holds true for achieving ‘championship’ evaluations. You cannot evaluate on your own. No matter how good you are. An evaluator is only as good as the people he or she is collaborating with. That is why, during the IEU’s transition to becoming a fully operational unit over the past year, I have placed so much emphasis on building a strong foundation of trust and collaboration.

The IEU and the GCF Secretariat have worked closely to strengthen clauses related to evaluation and ensuring relevant clauses are included in all Accreditation Master Agreements. Currently the IEU is working closely with the Secretariat in examining independent evaluations of the GCF’s Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme and its Results Management Framework. Documents relating to these evaluations and the implementation of the Board-approved Learning-Oriented Real-Time Impact Assessment can be found on the IEU’s resources webpage.

The IEU presents emerging findings and recommendations of its independent review of the GCF's Results Management Framework to the Secretariat.

The IEU recently signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, represented by the Department of Environment, as well as the German Institute for Development Evaluation. It has also collaborated with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction to formulate a statement of cooperation. These are, in addition to securing MoUs, agreements, and official observer status with other agencies such as the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, the Office of Evaluation in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the United Nations Evaluation Group, Incheon National University and the Climate Investment Funds, among others. MoUs or partnership agreements are in the process of being signed with the Center for Evaluation and Development and the Global Development Network. These agreements see partners share information and develop joint knowledge products related to climate action evaluation.

The IEU and DEval sign an MoU on a strategic learning partnership.

As nearly all the articles on the IEU website indicate, partnership is central to the IEU’s operation. Partnership and collaboration are becoming increasingly important as the IEU rolls out its evaluations and starts working with other organizations.

Michael Jordan might call that a ‘win-win’. 

Onward and upward!

*This is an updated version of the original blog that appeared in the June edition of the IEU Newsletter.


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