• CIDT supports the Government of Rwanda to secure $32.79m to Strengthen Climate Resilience of Rural Communities

    24 May 2018
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    Rwanda landscape

    Many congratulations to FONERWA, The Green Fund of the Government of Rwanda (GoR) which on 28 February 2018 become one of the first African country ‘Direct Access’ entities to receive funding from the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

    CIDT has a long history of supporting the Government of Rwanda (GoR) environment and climate sectors over several successively won contracts. As a recent report quoted:

    “CIDT has strong experience and a solid understanding of Rwanda’s development context, having supported DFID assistance to the GoR, particularly in relation to planning and the development of sector M&E frameworks for the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS) I, since 2006. This track record in Rwanda gave CIDT credibility, relationships and understanding of the Rwanda context, enabling it to play a catalytic role in supporting the creation and operationalisation of the FONERWA fund” [1].

    CIDT gained greater experience of the way that GoR was developing its climate change policy through secondment of a CIDT staff member to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN) and through UNDP (Belgian Technical Cooperation funding), in 2009-10.

    In 2011 the Rwandan government invited interested organisations to submit proposals to design a national climate and environment finance mechanism. CIDT’s proposal was selected by the funder Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and CIDT was tasked with recommending the optimal design and scope for an operational fund. Through competitive tendering processes in 2012 CIDT was awarded the 2-year DFID contract to support the operationalisation of the FONERWA fund, with a further extension granted in 2014 the project was extended by a year until September 2015.

    From 2013-2015 with funding from CDKN, CIDT also ran the Rwanda FONERWA Capacity Building Project to support the capacity strengthening of districts to enable them to put in strong proposals to the Green Fund. This project resulted in 38% of the allocated FONERWA funds going to district projects.

    From 2015-2017 CIDT managed a funding pot from CDKN to support emerging requests from FONERWA in a number of ways. These included inputs to support the management of the Fund and support to the GoR participation at COPs 21 and 22, enhancing and enabling opportunities for key meetings between GoR and Green Growth funding agencies. This helped GoR and FONERWA gain international exposure, better understand of the international climate funding architecture and meet key Donors to whom resource mobilisation requests could be submitted. Through CDKN, CIDT also supported provision of national and international consultants to assist Rwanda with successful resource mobilisation efforts to enhance access to Climate Funds. In particular:

    1. CIF/SCF: $800k Scaling Up Renewable Energy Programme (SREP) funded through the World Bank (WB)
    2. CIF/SCF: $250k Forest Investment Programme (FIP) development plan funded through the African Development Bank (AfDB)
    3. CIF/SCF: Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) funded through the World Bank (WB)
    4. A first concept note to Green Climate Fund (GCF) and then $1.4m Project Preparation Funding
    5. Funding proposal of $8m to The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)

    In 2016 CIDT won a public procurement exercise to access the very first Project Preparation Funds awarded by the GCF to lead the design studies for the project. CIDT worked with Paul Watkiss Associates and Light Earth Designs to undertake a series of studies in  Sustainable Forest Management and Watershed Protection; Resilience of Tea and Coffee; Low Carbon Green settlement on two sites in Gicumbi District; Economic and Financial Analyses; Gender Study; Environmental and Social Impact Assessment; Legal study. These studies led to the revision of the project proposal that has now been granted funding of $32,8m by the Green Climate Fund.

    More project details can be found at the Green Climate Fund website.


    1. CIDT (2016). Creation of the National Fund for Climate and Environment (FONERWA): Support to the Fund Management Team. Final Report. P12. Accessed http://cidt.org.uk/final-project-report-establishing-fonerwa-national-climate-fund-rwanda/

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  • Feasibility studies demonstrate potential for low carbon, climate resilient growth in Rwanda

    8 May 2017
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    Tea landscape

    CIDT has completed a substantial and important six-month contract to produce seven studies underpinning a $50m proposal by the Government of Rwanda to an international finance organisation. The studies interconnect across three themes: sustainable forest management, landscape, and watershed management; climate resilient production of tea and coffee; and affordable, low carbon settlements and industries as growth hubs. CIDT led a team of fifty people in the feasibility studies.

    The reports highlight that it is feasible to invest in developing five interlinked Low Carbon Climate Resilient (LCCR) value chains: tea, coffee, timber and forest products, agro-fired bricks, improved cook-stoves, charcoal, and house construction.

    The studies found it feasible to: increase the resilience of tea and coffee production, land management and settlements to climate change; increase the range and supply of sustainable timber, fuel wood and non-timber forest products from improved management of forest resources and improve watershed management through soil stabilisation and agroforestry. It is also expected that the project will be able to create new woodlots along with improved energy efficiencies for tea processing at a tea factory.

    Developed together in an integrated manner, for a particular geographical location, the developed value chains are expected to reduce dependency on imported construction materials with high levels of embodied carbon, increase forestry and agroforestry revenues, improve household energy efficiency and increase availability of and access to affordable, low carbon housing.

    Additionally, it will be feasible to improve access to and capacity to use climate information and analysis by policy makers in decision-making and to promote an enabling environment for businesses and investors.

    The Government is using these results to support a $50m proposal that demonstrates a model of accelerated growth and development based on the principles of low carbon, climate resilient (LCCR) growth and has been designed to strengthen the foundational capacities required for the ongoing replication of adaptation and mitigation strategies country-wide aligned to national green growth strategy.

    The seven feasibility studies were carried out with sub-contractors Paul Watkiss Associates, Light Earth Designs, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Songa Silvin, Venuste Ntaganda and MDY Legal. The studies were:

    1. Low carbon climate resilient settlements for rural (internally displaced people) and peri-urban settings
    2. Climate Resilience of Tea and coffee
    3. Sustainable Forest Management and Watershed Protection
    4. Economic and Financial Models
    5. Gender Study
    6. Environment and Social Impact Study
    7. Legal Study

    CIDT Deputy Head of Centre and Project Manager Rachel Roland commented on the potential impact of these studies, “Building a funding proposal on the findings of these illuminating feasibility studies will give the Government a great opportunity to build on their world-leading work in climate compatible development. We’ve been glad to be able to contribute at this stage of the process.”

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  • Green growth training builds capacity of government workers

    9 March 2017
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    Green growth training in Nepal

    In December 2016, Dr Canford Chiroro, CIDT’s green growth expert, and Shankar Paudel (Rupantaran), delivered four training modules to government workers in Nepal with the aim of embedding green growth awareness throughout the country’s ministries, departments and municiplaities.

    Green growth is economic growth that is balanced with environmental sustainability and social inclusivity.

    Targeted training content

    Following a training needs assessment, CIDT developed four training modules that responded to the identified capacity needs of key government staff. The modules were

    • Understanding green growth
    • Strategies for Green Growth
    • Mainstreaming Green Growth
    • Lessons Learned in Green Growth Implementation

    These modules were aimed at equipping participants with the conceptual understanding of green growth, as well as develop their practical skills on how to integrate the green growth approach into ongoing projects and sector plans.

    Targeted participants

    The 31 participants (22 male, 9 female) were selected by their colleagues during the training needs assessment. They were identified for their planning and project implementation experience, willingness to share information, enthusiastism in training others and being trusted by colleagues as the ‘go-to’ person. These qualities were important for the training to be scaled up across the targeted ministries, departments,