AIT RRC.AP organised a virtual preliminary training on Developing Concept Notes for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) including via the Simplified Approval Process (SAP) in a virtual format and over six days from 03 June to 01 July 2021 in collaboration with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), and the SAP Team of the GCF Secretariat. The workshop gathered 13 participants from project teams in South Asia—namely Bhutan, Maldives, and Nepal— including officers involved in climate change adaptation project formulation. As in previous similar events, the event focused on providing early-stage project formulation know-how and tools to draft high-quality concept notes for the GCF, including for the Simplified Approval Process (SAP).
The training workshop included three types of sessions. First, plenary sessions included presentations and discussions on topics for high-quality GCF project formulation, with a focus on the SAP. Second, independent group work tasked project teams to collaborate in completing project development exercises following explanation videos and tools, virtual collaboration, and real-time virtual consultation with facilitators. Third, report back sessions invited project teams to share their outputs from exercises for peer and expert feedback. Lastly, project teams were given the option to schedule independent consultations with experts from AIT RRC.AP and IGES weekly during the period of the event.
Following this workshop, AIT RRC.AP intends to explore avenues to provide continued mentorship to project teams in developing their concept note. This may include mentoring activities by AIT RRC.AP and IGES, as deemed appropriate and subject to each organization’s work program and available resources.