IIU and IRM engage GCF stakeholders in a capacity building workshop

  • Article type News
  • Publication date 22 Apr 2024

From 15 to 19 April, the Independent Integrity Unit (IIU) and the Independent Redress Mechanism (IRM) held workshops in Casablanca, Morocco, to build integrity and redress capacity among GCF Direct Access Entities (DAEs) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Africa. Participants represented 11 DAEs and 13 CSOs, primarily from northern and western Africa. 

The IRM’s three-day workshop was facilitated by Communications Officer Peter Carlson and Dispute Resolution Case Associate Sue Kyung Hwang. The IIU’s two-day workshop was facilitated by Outreach & Engagement Manager Bayartsetseg Jigmiddash, Integrity & Compliance Manager Sanjeev Narrainen, and Integrity & Compliance Specialist Eunyoung Lee. 

During the IRM workshop, participants gained a better understanding of the importance of well-functioning grievance redress mechanisms for individuals affected by GCF projects. The workshop aimed at helping participants understand how to set up, manage and operate a grievance redress mechanism. The IRM also worked with civil society in better understanding how to increase awareness of the GCF and IRM with local communities.

Participants engage in group exercises during the IRM workshop session.

In the IIU workshop, participants engaged in deep dive sessions on the GCF Integrity Policy Framework, analysed case studies on mitigating integrity risks, and developed action plans for strengthening their organisations’ integrity policies in line with the GCF. There was also the opportunity for participants to learn from regional experts from the African Development Bank and Transparency International Cameroon. 

Participants were actively engaged throughout the workshop, saying that the joint workshop between DAEs and CSOs “allowed us to better understand each other’s work.” They left the sessions with a stronger regional integrity and redress network, plus a plan for future check-in webinars, one-on-one consultations with GCF staff, and the formation of a WhatsApp group.

IIU staff and participants in the workshop gather for a group photo.

This capacity building workshop was the second workshop jointly held between the two units. The first joint workshop took place in 2023 in Kigali, Rwanda, with DAEs and CSOs from eastern and southern Africa. 

Learn more about the workshop objectives, outcomes and participants on the IIU website: https://iiu.greenclimate.fund/event/2024-irm-and-iiu-capacity-building-and-outreach-workshop