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CIDT’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:
- attracting 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:
- 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.
Development 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.”
The photos on this page were taken at the project closing meal.
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Mr Alex Mulisa, Coordinator of FONERWA, the Government of Rwanda National Fund for Environment and Climate Change visited Telford this Summer to speak to the Improving Forest Governance 2015 course.
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CDKN evaluation developed to support the operational performance of Rwanda’s national environment and climate change fund (2013-15)
The outcome of the project was that “district level organisations are empowered to access FONERWA and implement activities in line with national priorities for green growth development”.
This project achieved this by building awareness with key agencies in districts/provinces on the relationships between climate, environment and economic growth; coaching and mentoring key Rwandan stakeholders to develop project proposals targeting the Fund and other multilateral and bilateral climate financing sources; and developing project monitoring and evaluation matrices.
The scope of work for this evaluation focused on verifying, assessing and evaluating the projects’ progress and performance against objectives and deliverables, providing a narrative assessment of the methodologies employed by the project in terms of strengths and weaknesses and supporting, facilitating and drawing on lesson learning events in assessing the performance of the project and informing ongoing capacity development works and plans within FONERWA, and other agencies.
Find out more
- Contact CIDT project manager Jon Macartney.
- Download the final project evaluation, which summarises the changes that have occurred as a result of the project interventions.
Disclaimer: This document is an output from a project commissioned through the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN). CDKN is a programme funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Netherlands Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) for the benefit of developing countries. The views expressed and information contained in it are not necessarily those of or endorsed by DFID, DGIS or the entities managing the delivery of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, which can accept no responsibility or liability for such views, completeness or accuracy of the information or for any reliance placed on them.
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CIDT provided a key consultant author for the Mid Term Evaluation of the International Climate Fund. This 9 month study examined the UK’s £3.9 billion investment in Climate Change internationally. The study, which examined some 30 international projects and undertook field case study visits to Kenya, Ethiopia and Indonesia, makes 14 major recommendations to Department of International Development (DFID), the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Department of Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) for future work and the forthcoming Green Climate Fund.
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It will be the engine of green growth in Rwanda, mobilising and channelling domestic and international financing to public and private environment and climate change projects. This fund (FONERWA) will support projects that align with the country’s commitment to a strong and prosperous green economy.
The launch provided an opportunity for those involved to share their experiences and achievements. At the event policy makers and development partners discussed the future of the fund and how they would be able to support the Fund for Environment and Climate Change.
Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi spoke at the event about the need to take action to mitigate the negative consequences of climate change and promote green economy in Rwanda.
The Prime Minister said “Climate change is real and its impact on our daily and national lives, in all sectors, is huge. Rwanda has taken a relentless and proactive approach to mainstream environmental and climate change policy across the economy,”
As part of the launch, hundreds of Rwandans took part in an Enviro Walk to raise awareness of the fund to show their involvement and support of the fund. The walk began in Kacyiru and finished at the national Amahoro Stadium in Remera.
Following photos of FONERWA launch sent by Jon Macartney.