GCF Support Network Webinar
The GCF members are always seeking to develop and expand partnerships within their jurisdictions and to enhance the network of organizations from civil society, academia, government, the donor community, and the private sector that provide critical support to their ongoing efforts to build jurisdictional programs for low emissions development. With support from Norad (2013-15), the GCF launched the GCF Support Network, a web-based, interactive tool that will map the network of organizations in each GCF jurisdiction and provide tools to identify key experts and resources for solving specific problems as part of the overall effort to build jurisdictional programs. Among other things, this will result in an interactive tool/resource that will be accessible through the GCF Knowledge Database and the GCF website.
At the GCF Annual Meeting in October 2013, the GCF demonstrated a prototype of the Support Network for the Brazilian State of Amazonas. During the rest of 2013 and the first half of 2014, the GCF has continued to map the network of partners and supporting organizations for each of its jurisdictions. This effort will provide a critical tool for assessing expertise and resources by region and by issue area with the goal of identifying areas that need improvement/assistance. It will, thereby, provide a basis for focused effort to build and enhance the relationships that are so fundamental to the larger effort of building jurisdictional programs for low emissions development.
To enhance the usefulness of this tool, the GCF is hosting a series of webinars in the first quarter of 2014 to receive feedback and rigorous review of the GCF Support Network prototype as the tool enters the building and development phase. The first of these webinars was held on January 9, 2014, and focused on the global stakeholders of the GCF. Attended by 50 government private and civil society participants from 6 countries, the webinar provided participants with a detailed walk-through of the tool’s purpose, functions and features, and invited reactions and comments (presentation available here).
Feedback from GCF stakeholders was resoundingly positive, affirming the goal of the Support Network’s initiative to advance jurisdictional programs for low-emissions development through leveraging local networks, and tapping into regional and global networks for resource exchange. Participants urged the identification and forging of partnerships to enhance the process of mapping accurate and robust networks. Upcoming webinars will go deeper into the functionality of the web-tool and focus more on receiving feedback from the GCF’s tropical member jurisdictions in Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru and Nigeria.
In January, GCF members embarked on jurisdiction-specific projects to research and collect data on organizations and resources working to advance low-emissions development and REDD+. A first web-accessible version of the GCF Support Network is expected to be launched in August 2014.
If you would like to participate in any of the upcoming webinars, please register by RSVP’ing at firstname.lastname@example.org. After registering, details for participating will be emailed to you. Please note that the webinar will be conducted in English. For other feedback on the GCF Support Network initiative please contact Amelia Chizwala Peterson, GCF Senior Research Associate/ Training and Network Lead at email@example.com.