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Welcome to the IEU podcast series 'The Evaluator'! We feature experts from the world of evaluation and in a variety of fields relevant to addressing climate change. To learn more about the work of the Independent Evaluation Unit (IEU) of the Green Climate Fund, please visit our website at ieu.greenclimate.fund
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“The Evaluator’ Episode 13: REDD+, Cancun Safeguards, and the GCF’s pilot programme
This episode of the Evaluator features two renowned REDD+ experts: Ms. Maria Garcia Espinosa, Senior Policy Advisor at Climate Law and Policy; and Mr. Pierre Guedez, Senior Climate Finance Specialist at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Together with IEU’s Yeonji Kim as the moderator, they discuss a wide range of topics related to REDD+, including the GCF’s REDD+ results-based payment pilot, the Cancun Safeguards, and the future of the REDD+ mechanism as a whole. Maria and Pierre also discuss the ESS evaluation report, and specifically the chapter on the GCF’s REDD+ programme. You can read the full report here. The IEU recently finalized the Rapid Assessment of the GCF’s Request for Proposals (RfP) modality. REDD+ pilot is one of the 4 programmes that were launched under the RfP modality. If you want to learn more about it, you can read the full report here. This episode was created by the IEU's Yeonji Kim and Beatrice Muroni. You can subscribe to 'The Evaluator' on major podcast platforms including Anchor, Radio Public, Breaker, Spotify, and Google. Have questions or comments? Be sure to follow us on Twitter and tweet about the episode using the hashtag #TheEvaluator.
37:27
July 14, 2021
'The Evaluator' Episode 12: Addressing gender and climate change together
This episode of The Evaluator features Dr. Jeannette Gurung, Founder & Executive Director of Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN). Listen to her speak about why gender and climate change should be addressed in unison and learn about the methodology WOCAN has proposed for putting a monetary value on the women’s unpaid care for the environment. This episode was created by the IEU's Iben Holstener Hjorth and Yeonji Kim. You can subscribe to 'The Evaluator' on major podcast platforms including Anchor, Radio Public, Breaker, Spotify, and Google. Have questions or comments? Be sure to follow us on Twitter and tweet about the episode using the hashtag #TheEvaluator. This podcast is based on the IEU Virtual Talk: Gender in Climate Change: Perspectives from WOCAN and GCF, held in March, 2021.
13:30
May 11, 2021
‘The Evaluator’ Episode 11: Evaluating the GCF’s Adaptation Portfolio
How does the GCF go about financing adaptation projects and programmes in developing countries? What does its adaptation portfolio look like? Where do opportunities exist for the GCF to make its adaptation investments more relevant and effective? This episode features three IEU members who contributed significantly to the IEU’s recently concluded “Independent Evaluation of the Adaptation Portfolio and Approach of the Green Climate Fund”: Dr. Martin Prowse, Evaluation Specialist; Mr. Peter Mwandri, Evaluation Researcher; and Mr. Andreas Reumann, Head ad interim of the IEU. Martin, Peter and Andreas discuss some of the main topics covered in the evaluation, including, but not limited to, the role of the GCF in adaptation finance, the challenges in catalyzing funds from the private sector, and the impacts of GCF’s investments in adaptation. This evaluation was approved by the GCF Board as part of the IEU’s 2020 Work Plan. The final evaluation report was prepared and submitted to the Board in time for its 28th Meeting, which was held virtually from 16 to 19 March 2021. The full evaluation report is available here. This episode was produced by IEU’s Yeonji Kim and Beatrice Muroni. You can subscribe to 'The Evaluator' on major podcast platforms including Anchor, Radio Public, Breaker, Spotify, and Google. Have questions or comments? Be sure to follow us on Twitter and tweet about the episode using the hashtag #TheEvaluator. This podcast is based on the B.28 Virtual Side Event: Findings and recommendations from the Adaptation evaluation, held in March, 2020.
19:10
March 30, 2021
'The Evaluator' Episode 10: What does it take to convince farmers to buy crop insurance for climate resilience? A case study.
Does crop insurance improve farmers’ livelihoods in the face of climate change? If so, what does it take to convince them to buy it? In this podcast, Dr. Nathanial Peterson, Vice President of Partnerships at the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics, explains how Busara helped an agricultural insuretech improve the sale of crop insurance through a mixed-incentive referral system. Dr. Peterson discusses how Busara leveraged social and economic mechanisms to drive particular segments of farmers to refer others, ultimately resulting in thousands becoming insured against climate shocks in Malawi, Zambia and Nigeria. The Busara Center for Behavioral Economics is a behavioural science advisory and academic research lab that works to advance and apply behavioural science in the Global South. Dr. Peterson is interested in how smallholder farmers understand risk, risk mitigation strategies and technologies. He specializes in building partnerships with agritech startups, funders and implementing NGOs. He has degrees in Agriculture and Natural Resource Economics, Psychology and a PhD in Behaviour Decision Research and Behavioural Economics. You can subscribe to 'The Evaluator' on major podcast platforms including Anchor, Radio Public, Breaker, Spotify, and Google.  Have questions or comments? Be sure to follow us on Twitter and tweet about the episode using the hashtag #TheEvaluator. You can also reach out to Dr. Nathanial Peterson and his colleagues @BusaraCenter. This podcast is based on the IEU Virtual Talk: Using behavioural science to mitigate climate shocks - a case study, held in September, 2020. The views expressed by guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Independent Evaluation Unit of the Green Climate Fund.
18:49
March 2, 2021
'The Evaluator' Episode 9: GEO6 and Freshwater
This episode of The Evaluator features Dr. Ania Grobicki, Deputy Director of External Affairs at the GCF. She was one of the Coordinating Lead Authors of the Freshwater chapter of the UN Environment’s 6th Global Environment Outlook report, sub-titled “Healthy Planet, Healthy People”.  In this podcast, she discusses the global water cycle and, especially, the state and trends of freshwater worldwide, as reflected in this UNEP report. You can subscribe to 'The Evaluator' on major podcast platforms including Anchor, Radio Public, Breaker, Spotify, and Google.  Have questions or comments? Be sure to follow us on Twitter and tweet about the episode using the hashtag #TheEvaluator
22:57
February 4, 2021
'The Evaluator' Episode 8: Waterbird conservation on an international scale
This episode of The Evaluator features Doug Watkins of the East Asian Australasian Flyway Partnership, a network of partners working to protect migratory waterbirds, their habitat and the livelihoods of people dependent upon them. Listen to hear about how the work being done to protect more than 50 million birds from 250 different species on their way through 22 different countries. You can subscribe to 'The Evaluator' on major podcast platforms including Anchor, Radio Public, Breaker, Spotify, and Google.  Have questions or comments? Be sure to follow us on Twitter and tweet about the episode using the hashtag #TheEvaluator
11:37
January 10, 2021
'The Evaluator' Episode 7: Towards reforestation in the DPRK
This episode of The Evaluator features Dr Bernhard Seliger of the Hanns Seidel Foundation, a German NGO with an office in South Korea. One of their focus areas is encouraging international collaboration with North Korea, or the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, on environmental issues such as sustainable forestry. In this podcast, Dr Bernhard Seliger shares his insights on creating change in one of the most closed countries in the world.
16:42
December 21, 2020
'The Evaluator' Episode 6: Measuring change with randomized controlled trials: The story of the G-Saver.
This episode of 'The Evaluator' features Professor Hyun Shin, Associate Professor of Marketing at Hanyang University and editor of the Korea edition of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. In the podcast, Professor Hyun Shin tells the story of the G-Saver, a heat accumulator that can reduce coal consumption by up to 45%. The G-Saver has been implemented in Mongolia since 2010. Listen to the episode to hear about Professor Hyun Shin’s experience of implementing a randomized controlled trial to measure the impact of the G-Saver. You can subscribe to 'The Evaluator' on major podcast platforms including Anchor, Radio Public, Breaker, Spotify, and Google.  Have questions or comments? Be sure to follow us on Twitter and tweet about the episode using the hashtag #TheEvaluator
07:44
November 30, 2020
'The Evaluator' Episode 5: Dr. Jyotsna Puri (Jo) on the importance of trusted evidence
In episode 5, we conclude the second part of our interview with Dr Jyotsna Puri (Jo), the Head of the IEU. Appointed by the GCF Board in 2017, Jo built the IEU from the ground up to a team of 28 members today. She has worked tirelessly to ensure that the IEU conduct high-quality evidence-based evaluations that will help make the GCF faster, smarter, and better. Unfortunately for the IEU, the 26th meeting of the GCF Board held in August was the last GCF Board meeting that Jo attended as the head of the IEU, as she will be leaving the GCF to join the International Fund for Agricultural Development. In this episode, Jo delves into the importance of trusted evidence and what she has learned over the course of leading 7 evaluations. You can subscribe to 'The Evaluator' on major podcast platforms including Anchor, Radio Public, Breaker, Spotify, and Google.  Have questions or comments? Be sure to follow us on Twitter and tweet about the episode using the hashtag #TheEvaluator
20:02
November 1, 2020
'The Evaluator' Episode 4: Dr. Jyotsna Puri (Jo) on the past, present and future of the IEU
In episode 4, we talk to Dr Jyotsna Puri (Jo), the head of the IEU. Appointed by the GCF Board in 2017, Jo built the IEU from the ground up to a team of 28 members today. She has worked tirelessly to ensure that the IEU conduct high-quality evidence-based evaluations that will help make the GCF faster, smarter, and better. Unfortunately for the IEU, the 26th meeting of the GCF Board held in August was the last GCF Board meeting that Jo attended as the head of the IEU, as she will be leaving the GCF to join the International Fund for Agricultural Development.  In this episode, Jo shares her parting thoughts on the IEU and what to expect in the future.  You can subscribe to 'The Evaluator' on major podcast platforms including Anchor, Radio Public, Breaker, Spotify, and Google.  Have questions or comments? Be sure to follow us on Twitter and tweet about the episode using the hashtag #TheEvaluator
29:06
October 18, 2020
'The Evaluator' Episode 3: COVID-19, Governance and the New Normal
In episode 3, we interview Dr Unni Karunakara for his latest thoughts on the global race to combat COVID-19. How do we balance citizens’ right to privacy and contact tracing for COVID-19? How do we proceed from here? What will new normal look like? We address these questions and more in the latest episode. Dr Karunakara worked as the International President of Doctors Without Borders from 2010 to 2013. He has also taught at Yonsei University and Tsinghua University and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Public Health at Yale. You can subscribe to 'The Evaluator' on major podcast platforms including Anchor, Radio Public, Breaker, Spotify, and Google.  Have questions or comments? Be sure to follow us on Twitter and tweet about the episode using the hashtag #TheEvaluator
12:11
September 25, 2020
'The Evaluator' Episode 2: Behavioural Science and Climate Change
Episode 2 looks at something that could help bridge the gap between the clear scientific evidence of climate change and the lack of effective climate action in practice.  We explore how behavioural insights can be integrated in climate projects and climate change advocacy for better impact and positive change. The episode includes commentary from three IEU team members involved with behavioural science research.  • Mr. Cornelius Kruger, Research Assistant Consultant and also a member of the IEU’s Behavior and Design Lab, which in short is called the “BaDLab”. Cornelius’s paper ‘Going the Last Mile: Behavior Science and Investments in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation’ won the Best Paper award at the Climate 2020 Online Conference.  • Ms. Iben Hjorth, IEU’s communications and uptake intern, who recently published a blog titled “Let’s talk about evidence – behavioural insights to help us communicate”.  • Dr. Archi Rastogi, who is Evaluation Specialist at the IEU. His blog “Will the Climate Strikes Create Impact?”, argued that using behavioural insights could boost the impact of climate strikes.  You can subscribe to 'The Evaluator' on major podcast platforms including Anchor, Radio Public, Breaker, Spotify, and Google.  Have questions or comments? Be sure to follow us on Twitter and tweet about the episode using the hashtag #TheEvaluator
35:40
August 31, 2020
'The Evaluator' Episode 1: COVID-19 and Developing Countries
In this episode, we interview Dr. Unni Karunakara. He is currently a Shinhan Distinguished Visiting Professor at Yonsei University and a Visiting Faculty at Tshinghua University as well as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Public Health at Yale School of Public Health. Dr. Karunakara has extensive experience in the humanitarian relief sector working as the International President of Doctors Without Borders from 2010 to 2013. Dr. Karunakara shares his expertise working on humanitarian issues and provides his thoughts on how developing countries should approach the challenges associated with COVID-19. You can subscribe to 'The Evaluator' on major podcast platforms including Anchor, Radio Public, Breaker, Spotify, and Google.  Have questions or comments? Be sure to follow us on Twitter and tweet about the episode using the hashtag #TheEvaluator
10:53
August 8, 2020
Introducing 'The Evaluator'
The IEU is excited to announce the release of our new podcast series 'The Evaluator' which brings compelling insights on cutting-edge topics related to evaluation, climate action and development, featuring experts from across the globe as well as from within the IEU.   Stay tuned for the launch of our first episode with Dr. Unni Karunakara who is currently a Shinhan Distinguished Visiting Professor at Yonsei University and a Visiting Faculty at Tshinghua University as well as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Public Health at Yale School of Public Health. He has extensive experience in the humanitarian relief sector working as the International President of Doctors Without Borders from 2010 to 2013. Dr. Karunakara will share his expertise working on humanitarian issues and provide his thoughts on how developing countries should approach the challenges associated with COVID-19. You can subscribe to 'The Evaluator' on major podcast platforms including Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, and Google.  Have questions or comments? Be sure to follow us on Twitter and tweet about our episodes using the hashtag #TheEvaluator.
02:40
August 8, 2020
IEU Talks Episode 9: Aligning agendas for climate change mitigation and food security
In this episode Dr. Lini Wollenberg of the University of Vermont examines the global significance of agricultural and food system emissions as well as the role of the public and private sector to reduce these emissions and hotspots for action. The discussion took place during the IEU’s Lunch Talk on August 8, 2019. Have questions or comments? Be sure to follow us on Twitter and tweet about the episode using the hashtag #IEUPod.
54:32
September 5, 2019
IEU Talks Episode 8: Addressing commodity driven deforestation
Stephen Donofrio of Forest Trends describes his organization's work with supply chains and the ecosystem marketplace. Please note that Stephen makes frequent references to his powerpoint during his discussion. He also refers to the website for Supply-Change.org. For the best listening experience, we recommend downloading these materials while listening to the talk. Resources Presentation Powerpoint Supply-Change.org Follow us on Twitter! @GCF_Eval
01:01:42
September 5, 2019
BONUS Episode 10: GCF Global Programming Conference
This episode includes a special session from the Green Climate Fund’s Global Programming Conference that took place from August 19th to the 23rd in Songdo Korea. The session centered on catalyzing innovation and mobilizing investments at scale.  It included commentary from: · Dr. Jo Puri, Head of the Independent Evaluation Unit · His excellency Wallace Cosgrow, Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change of the Seychelles · Ms. Camilla Otto, Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development · And Ms. Kate Montgomery, Head of Business Development at Acumen Fund Inc. The session was moderated by Mr. Mitch Carpen Head of Risk Management and Compliance at the Green Climate Fund. The week long event aimed to serve as a starting point for high level dialogue on country and entity programming with the GCF. Have questions or comments for us? Be sure to follow us on Twitter and tweet about the podcast using the #IEUPod
56:56
September 4, 2019
BONUS Episode 7: IEU Head Jo Puri Presents Forward-looking Performance Review at B.23
In this exclusive bonus episode, we include Dr. Jo Puri's presentation to the GCF at the 23rd Meeting of the Board. This episode includes Executive Director of the GCF, Yannick Glemarec's management response as well as comments from Board members.  Learn more about the Forward-looking Performance Review Follow us on Twitter! @GCF_Eval
01:32:22
July 18, 2019
IEU Talks Episode 6: Humanitarian responses to climate change
Dr. Unni Karunakara of Yonsei University delves into the determinants of adaptive migration and how environmental and public health professionals can better respond to humanitarian needs resulting from climate change. Dr. Karunakara served as the International President of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) from 2010-2013.  Learn More Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Follow us on Twitter! @GCF_Eval
01:01:00
June 18, 2019
IEU Talks Episode 5: Engaging the Private Sector in Impact Evaluation
Dr. Edward Jackson of Carleton University and Institute of Development Studies (IDS) looks at strategies for incorporating the private sector in impact evaluation. His discussion took place during IEU's LORTA workshop in Mannheim, Germany on April 16. Learn More Institute of Development Studies About LORTA  Follow us on Twitter! @GCF_Eval
29:53
June 10, 2019
IEU Talks Episode 4: Evaluation for Humans, Why Behavior Matters
Elspeth Kirkman of the Behavioral Insights Team examines the importance of behavior when conducting evaluation. Her discussion took place during IEU's LORTA workshop in Mannheim, Germany on April 17. Learn More About LORTA The Behavioural Insights Team Follow us on Twitter! @GCF_Eval
36:57
June 10, 2019
IEU Talks Episode 3: Art and Science of Becoming Faster, Smarter, Better
Dr. Jyotsna (Jo) Puri of the Independent Evaluation Unit (IEU) provides an overview of impact evaluation methods. Her discussion took place during IEU's LORTA workshop in Mannheim, Germany on April 15. Learn More:  About LORTA Follow us on Twitter! @GCF_Eval
23:30
June 10, 2019
IEU Talks Episode 2: The Power of Impact Evaluation in Development Cooperation
Dr. Jorg Faust of the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) discusses the power of impact evaluation in development cooperation. His discussion took place during IEU's LORTA workshop in Mannheim, Germany on April 15, 2019. Learn More About LORTA DEval Follow us on Twitter! @GCF_Eval
32:51
June 10, 2019
IEU Talks Episode 1: Climate Finance and Transboundary Risk
Kevin M. Adams, Research Associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), delves into the components of transboundary risk and relation to climate finance at IEU's April lunch talk.  Presentation PDF Follow us on Twitter! @GCF_Eval
57:17
May 9, 2019