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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 mosly at the GCF's building, Songdo, Republic of Korea.

Previous Lunch Talk events

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, therefore, important to monitor temporal trends to separate spurious from real changes. The presentation also examines the importance of systematically exploring the extent and causes of change and the need to regularly update results of previous meta-analyses and, if the need arises, resulting policies.

Machine Learning for Evaluating Development. 12 December 2018
AidData's Seth Goodman examines the use of 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 high-performance computation to improve the transparency of international aid projects.

The GEF in the changing environmental finance landscape. 30 November 2018
As the Director of GEF's Independent Evaluation Office (IEO), Dr. Juha I. Uitto led the Sixth Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF. The Comprehensive Evaluation covered a wide variety of topics, from GEF results and impact, to organizational effectiveness and governance. It was highly influential in shaping the programmatic directions and policy agenda for the GEF-7 replenishment in 2018.

Policy options to manage climate risk & food insecurity: Current realities, future potential. 31 October 2018
Dr. Solomon Asfaw examines policy instruments such as cash transfers, weather index insurance, diversification and input subsidies: Eradicating poverty, ending hunger, and taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts are three key objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals. Ample evidence suggests climate shocks create and sustain poverty and food insecurity in rural regions of the developing world. This, along with evidence of climate change increasing the frequency and severity of climate shocks, prompts the question: What policy options exist for mitigating the increasingly deleterious impacts of climate risk on poverty and food security? 

Impact evaluation of climate investment to support Protected Areas (PAs). 4 September 2018
Until 2015 Mr. Aaron Zazueta was the Chief Evaluation Officer for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Independent Evaluation Office. At GEF he led the most comprehensive global evaluation undertaken on the impact of Protected Areas on biodiversity in terms of the diversity of methods used and the scope of inquiry. In this IEU Talk he discusses the evaluation’s mix of quantitative, qualitative, and spatial methods in data collection and analyses, as well as its use of evidence collected from a mix of sources, including global data sets, field data, literature reviews and statistical models. This Lunch Talk looks at how mixed methods can help to evaluate a portfolio 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, the Head of Private Equity Funds at the Green Climate Fund, brings in concerns about the gap between global climate investment demand and the current very limited fund channels available. While institutional investors manage around USD 120 trillion and are a much more effective source of funding with clear governance and environmental standards, they are yet to find appropriate modalities to engage with climate-related portfolios. The question is: Should the GCF be actively supporting 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 and evaluation: A review of 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 at the intersection of environment and development. 30 April 2018
Dr. David Molden, Director General of International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), shares the story of how climate change affects HKH and downstream regions, and strategies to adapt and build resilience at community, country and regional levels. In order to achieve transformative change in the region, supportive policies, knowledge-based investments, innovations and regional cooperation should be required.

Can cities be climate neutral engines of growth? 20 March 2018
Mr Drazen Kucan, GCF's Senior Urban Development and Energy Efficiency Specialist, examines the role cities play in emitting green-house 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