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GGCA Evaluation Report gender-responsive climate change initiative
Commissioning Unit: Bureau for Policy and Programme Support
Evaluation Plan: 2009-2013
Evaluation Type: Thematic
Completion Date: 12/2013
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Bureau for Policy and Programme Support
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Focus on the implementation of climate agreements, especially ensuring gender responsiveness of regional and national climate change policies, plans, budgeting, and climate investments/projects.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/25]

This was addressed in Phase IV of the programme, with actions taken to ensure gender responsiveness of regional and national climate change policies, plans, budgeting and climate investments/ projects. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP supported the Government of Ethiopia and the Government of Cambodia in building capacities in key line ministries and on developing gender guidelines at the ministerial level to inform sectoral planning and budgeting.
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GGCA partners 2016/06 Completed
UNDP and its partners advocated for and supported the development of the Lima Work Programme on Gender (LWPG), which was launched during COP20 in 2014. At COP 22 and SBI 45 in Marrakech, Parties continued their consideration of issues under the Gender and Climate Change agenda item and reviewed progress made towards the goals of gender balance and the implementation of gender-responsive climate policy and decided to continue and enhance the Lima Work Programme on Gender for a period of 3 years.
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GGCA partners 2016/06 Completed
Facilitated several new national climate change gender action plans (ccGAPs), bringing the total number to 21. Leveraging support and partnership from across complementary spheres to support ccGAP development and implementation of principles has also been a key result of this phase. Sustained relationships with partners from previous ccGAP processes has also been important for ongoing influence and strengthened decision-making at international level.
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GGCA partners 2016/06 Completed
2. Recommendation:

Focus on climate finance, i.e. a) ensuring that global finance mechanisms are gender responsive in their implementation, and b) ensuring that work on making countries climate finance ready also addresses gender issues in the implementation of CC interventions.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/25]

This was addressed in Phase IV of the programme, with actions taken to ensure gender-responsive climate finance mechanisms. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
In collaboration with the GGCA Collective Working Groups on Gender and Climate Finance and the Heinrich Böll Foundation, UNDP, IUCN and WEDO undertook various activities to provide technical support to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and its Secretariat on how to operationalize a gender sensitive approach in its work. Actions included: GCF gender consultation workshops were held with GCF Secretariat consultants and GGCA Climate Finance Working Group participants; Short policy briefs were prepared to inform the development of a comprehensive gender action plan to achieve a gender-sensitive approach within the Fund; Webinars were organized for GGCA members and allies on key gender and climate finance concerns; in 2015, IUCN attended the Board meetings of the GCF to advocate for the adoption of the Gender Policy and Plan of Action and to provide technical support to various members. Approval of the action plan made the GCF the first climate finance mechanism to approve a gender policy in advance of any funds disbursement.
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GGCA team 2016/06 Completed History
3. Recommendation:

Focus on consolidation of the results achieved and the processes that have already been initiated, to a) ensure that the intended results/outcomes (and impact) are fully achieved and sustainable – but only when there is a real potential to achieve the intended and tangible results.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/25]

This was addressed in Phase IV of the programme, with actions taken to ensure intended impacts are fully achievable and sustainable.  

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The national climate policy/planning processes were consolidated, through: consistent advocacy actions throughout COP 22 preparations to ensure a COP decision in Marrakech continues to progress on gender-responsive climate change policy; development of relevant gender and climate change tools and training materials to contribute to developing capacities, promoting knowledge sharing, and providing concrete experiences to Parties.
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GGCA partners 2016/06 Completed
4. Recommendation:

Carefully analyse the processes and results achieved, and focus resources on the more promising ones, where there is a good chance of achieving success and sustainability within the remaining time frame. This analysis should also take into account the extent to which the interventions contribute to the higher objectives of GGCA.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/25]

This was addressed in Phase IV of the programme, with actions taken to focus resources on achievable results.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
GGCA team expressed the work plan for the GGCA Secretariat should be set realistically, based on available resources and capacity. For example, 2 part-time staff consultants were secured to handle the increased work load, prioritizing what could realistically be done well and triage activities on that basis with approval of the SC. This has worked very successfully during throughout the past three quarters.
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GGCA partners 2016/06 Completed
5. Recommendation:

Focus on following continuous processes through rather than one-off activities, especially at the regional and national levels.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/25]

This was addressed in Phase IV of the programme, with actions taken to follow continuous processes to ensure sustainability.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP and its partners continued to strengthen national-level capacities to implement key commitments made to both gender equality and climate change action, including across relevant sustainable development spheres. They facilitated several new national climate change gender action plans (ccGAPs) and leveraged support and partnership from across complementary spheres to support ccGAP development and implementation of principles. Sustained relationships with partners from previous ccGAP processes has also been important for ongoing influence and strengthened decision-making at international level.
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GGCA partners 2016/06 Completed
6. Recommendation:

Focus only on activities, which directly relate to gender mainstreaming in CC policy and planning processes.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/25]

This was addressed in Phase IV of the programme, with actions taken to focus directly on gender mainstreaming in CC policy and planning processes.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Actions undertaken by the GGCA partners were focused on advocacy for the establishment and implementation of gender-responsive actions on climate change, such as participating in UNFCCC formal meetings, supporting directly the Convention’s Secretariat, technical support to Parties and stakeholders, and incorporating gender equality and women’s empowerment criteria in climate finance mechanisms.
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GGCA partners 2016/06 Completed
7. Recommendation:

Do not start new interventions, unless they contribute to the consolidation of what has already been done in a tangible and significant way.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/25]

This was addressed in Phase IV of the programme, by focusing on the same objectives of previous phases.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
During the 4th Phase, the Global Gender Responsive Climate Change programme continued to focus on ensuring that the next global climate agreement integrates gender equality dimensions into the relevant global and national bodies, mechanisms and processes. The programme continued to promote women’s leadership as a key aspect to elevate women’s participation and influence in and contribution to the UNFCCC processes through the Women Delegates Fund.
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GGCA partners 2016/06 Completed
8. Recommendation:

Significantly enhance collaboration between the implementing programme partners in relation to country level activities, and the sharing of information, knowledge, lessons and approaches.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/25]

This was addressed in Phase IV of the programme, with actions taken to enhance collaboration between the implementing programme partners.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Partners developed relevant tools and training materials to contribute to developing capacities to promote knowledge sharing and provide concrete experiences to Parties as part of the objective of the Lima Work Programme on Gender. At the country level, Nevertheless, partners continued to collaborate to explore best approaches to strengthen national capacity for gender-responsive implementation of climate and gender commitments.
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GGCA partners 2016/06 Completed
9. Recommendation:

Focus on fewer UNDP countries/projects and increase the funds allocations, to at least USD 60,000 per country.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/25]

This was addressed in Phase IV of the programme, with actions taken to focus on fewer UNDP countries/ projects. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The focus was on limited number of countries as opposed to on many and the work performed by UNDP and IUCN mainly targeted on-going climate change policy processes. UNDP supported the Government of Ethiopia and the Government of Cambodia in building capacities in key line ministries and on developing gender guidelines at the ministerial level to inform sectoral planning and budgeting. The Government of Ethiopia focused on enhancing the capacity of decision makers, who are responsible for the integration of gender issues and to improve the adaptive capacity of marginalized groups which are mainly affected by the impacts of climate change and climate variability. A report was prepared for decision makers for further actions for monitoring and evaluating Climate Resilient Green Economy Strategy and other adaption initiatives from a gender perspective. The Government of Cambodia focused on refining the guidelines and training curriculum. These products were developed in 2015 and are linked to other on-going initiatives such as the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA) Trust Fund grant to the Ministry of Women Affairs and the Technical Assistance of the Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience (SPCR).
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GGCA partners 2016/06 Completed
10. Recommendation:

Ensure that WDF participants are systematically linked to GGCA country level interventions, including UNDP interventions.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/25]

This was addressed in Phase IV of the programme, with actions taken to link WDF participants to GGCA country level interventions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
In Liberia, a WDF representative moved into a strategic Ministerial position, adding value to the potential for continued action on gender and climate in the country and in global spheres. In terms of commitment to implementing specific activities of its ccGAP, Liberia remains in a leading position and is being closely monitored and engaged by IUCN for opportunities during the timespan of this specific GGCA project.
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GGCA partners 2016/06 Completed
11. Recommendation:

Consider to develop approaches to maintain contact with the experts trained and provide support to them.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/25]

This was addressed in Phase IV of the programme, with actions taken to maintain contact with trained experts.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The WDF hosted two check-in meetings and two skills-sharing sessions to facilitate the effectiveness and active participation of the WDF participants in the session.
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GGCA partners 2016/06 Completed
12. Recommendation:

For Phase 4, prepare a joint logframe for all partners with: a) clearly defined activities and results for each partner; and b) SMART outcome indicators, with baselines, targets and means of verification established.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/25]

This was addressed in Phase IV of the programme with logframe for partners created.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The Results and Resources Framework describes intended outputs (with baseline, indicators and targets for each), along with activity and action planned for each partner to take.
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GGCA partners 2016/06 Completed
13. Recommendation:

Establish a system for measuring outcome indicators.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/25] [Last Updated: 2017/12/25]

This was addressed in Phase IV of the programme by establishing a system for measuring outcome indicators.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To support information on women’s participation and to measure progress, WEDO continued to report on women’s participation as delegates in each meeting, specified by region and country as well as on boards and bodies.
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GGCA partners 2016/06 Completed
14. Recommendation:

Advocate within UNDP for the addition of new instruments in UNDP Regulations that can allow for the provision of funding for periods longer than three months for NGOs.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/25]

This was addressed in Phase IV of the programme, with actions taken to add new instruments in UNDP Regulations.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP and partners had six-month work plans during Phase IV of the project.
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GGCA partners 2016/06 Completed
15. Recommendation:

Develop a more democratic and formalised management structure for the Alliance.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/25]

This was addressed in Phase IV of the programme, with a more formalised management structure created for the Alliance. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
In 2016, the GGCA Secretariat organized an SC strategy meeting on the future of the GGCA Programme, coordinated GGCA membership activities and strategic direction, and managed the GGCA Secretariat budget, consultants and activities. In the second quarter, the GGCA Secretariat convened an all-day in-person meeting of the GGCA Steering Committee to present and discuss GGCA program updates, transitional and future plans. Reports were presented and in-depth discussions were held on the GGCA mapping project, continuance and fundraising strategy, as well as on the GGCA Strategic and Business Plans moving forward. The GGCA coordinator worked on a membership mapping project, fundraising, and communications. The coordinator also collaborated closely with the two GGCA Program Officers, one on programmatic activities such as organizing a first-ever GGCA Members Conference, SEED Grants, the Ambassadors Program and Learning Platform, and the second on the Evidence Base and Research Project. Communications (GGCA website, webinars, emails, listserv) and Monthly Members Calls were held around key events attended by GGCA Members (including Women Deliver in Copenhagen, the Intersessional in Bonn, and UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi).
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GGCA partners 2016/06 Completed

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