E Co. bites: How do you promote country ownership?

14 April 2021, Category: All insights, E Co. bites, Tags:

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Speaker: Ben Bartle

Question: How do you promote country ownership?

Country ownership is critical for any Green Climate Fund or GCF project. Under the GCF investment criteria along with efficiency and effectiveness, it’s rightfully given a lot of priority. At E Co. there’s really 2 levels of country ownership we see – principle and practical.

In terms of the principle, it’s really important the projects are well-aligned with country objectives, strategies and plans, so they meet the sovereign needs of their country. Just as in any other development project GCF projects have to respect the sovereignty of that country. In terms of the practical aspects of a project, country ownership is heavily reliant on creating and sustaining buy-in at the ground level.

This means extensive stakeholder engagement at project preparation stage, ensuring their needs are understood, met and addressed – especially going forward. It’s essential to ensure country ownership is in place for longer-term sustainability once the GCF funding has concluded.

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