Close of the Creation of the National Fund for Climate & Environment (FONERWA) Project

16 November 2015
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fonerwa-meal-2CIDT’s DFID-funded project to create and sustain the Government of Rwanda’s Environment and Climate Change Fund (FONERWA) was brought to a close on October 8th 2015, after 3 years of successful technical assistance.

The FONERWA Secretariat and CIDT staff marked the occasion with a closing dinner, which was attended by members of the Fund Management Committee, Fund Technical Committee and the Director General of the Rwandan Environmental Management Agency, Dr Rose Mukankomeje.

For CIDT the first 2 years of the project focussed up on setting up both the FONERWA Fund and the management of the Fund (the Fund Management Team) which entailed:

  • FONERWA closing mealattracting capital to the fund
  • recruitment of management staff (the FMT)
  • establishing formal management, monitoring, reporting and governance structures
  • development and implementation of the fund’s and operational strategies and systems, including private sector financial instruments
  • creating confidence in the fund within and beyond Rwanda
  • capacity building and training of FMT staff and fund stakeholders
  • building a FONERWA website
  • raising awareness of the fund and its objectives and supporting applicants in the application process
  • administering calls for project proposals, , managing proposal screening, review and approval processes and setting up results based payments schedules for successful projects
  • the official launch of FONERWA by the Prime Minister of Rwanda

The final year of the project has been characterised by investment in human capacity and organisational systems development, in order to ensure readiness for transition to becoming the GoR Fund Secretariat. There was also additional support to the further development of monitoring and evaluation systems, with more emphasis on the implementing projects and thus the results of the Fund. Key highlights and deliverables achieved by the project in the final year include:FONERWA closing meal

  • Review and assessment of effectiveness of performance against high level strategic aims and objectives, and scoping and presentation of future options to the Fund Management Committee
  • Appointment of new GoR Secretariat staff
  • The Fund’s 6th Call for Proposals completed and 7th Call for Proposals launched
  • Support provided to the Green Climate Fund application process and for other international climate finance
  • Procurement of IT equipment and services to enhance FONERWA web functionality and enhance local ownership
  • Approval of the Fund’s organigram, official job descriptions and operating plans
  • Design of online modules to support applicants to the Fund to develop their Project Proposal Documents.

FONERWA closing mealDevelopment of technical briefing papers to inform project application and review At the end of the project period, over US$40 million had been attracted into the fund, with over 25 projects expected to have been approved by the conclusion of the 7th CFP.

In addition GoR access to further climate finance had been facilitated, including a US$10 million project through the Adaptation fund, and support for GCF accreditation and programme proposal development.

In March 2015 the programme performance was reviewed by DFID’s independent reviewer and was scored an A. It was noted that the project has shown very good progress against most output indicators.

There is growing recognition that climate finance is best managed at the country level. With millions of dollars committed across twenty plus projects, the Fund has the potential to change many lives. These projects aim to protect over 25,000 hectares of natural resources and agricultural land, provide access to clean energy to 1,000 households, create over 22,500 new green jobs and improve the resilience of over 355,000 Rwandans to climate change. Rwanda is at the global forefront of the response to climate change – in the words of President Kagame, If Rwanda can do it, anyone can do it.”

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The photos on this page were taken at the project closing meal.