On Thursday June 6th and Friday June 7th, the Saint Lucia Development bank was represented by Managing Director Mr. Vincent Boland at the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) – Global Delivery Initiative (GDI) Learning event at the World Bank in Washington DC. The event focused on tackling delivery challenges in climate change interventions.
This breakout session provided concrete examples of how to manage complexity in climate change projects, using experiences documented through the GDI case study in Nepal. It focused on the challenges and opportunities in encouraging the private sector to invest in adaptation and climate resilience with a lens on the economic value chain in the agriculture sector.
Since 2008, the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) in partnership with the multilateral development banks have mobilized significant climate finance to developing countries to support high impact investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transport, climate resilience, and sustainable forest management.
The Global Delivery Initiative (GDI) is a partnership of nearly 50 development organizations focused on collecting and sharing operational knowledge, insights, and lessons to better understand what works – and what doesn’t – in implementation. GDI’s work aims to inform development practice and ultimately to improve development outcomes. The GDI and its partners use a variety of tools to support practitioners on the ground, helping them adapt to dynamic contexts and identify and address stubborn delivery challenges throughout implementation.
In September 2017, the CIF and GDI joined forces to better understand the operational challenges that climate projects face and how projects are working adaptively to overcome those challenges. The two-day learning event aimed to share lessons learned from these case studies, especially challenges arising in implementation of climate change projects/programs and how they have been tackled.
Crucially, the event looked beyond a focus on individual case studies to understand how practitioners on the front lines of climate change work from diverse institutional perspectives, including Multilateral Development Banks, bilateral organizations, governments, the private sector, and civil society – have sought to embed adaptive management toward transformational change in climate change interventions.