E Co. institute: International climate finance training & capacity building

eco insitute

E Co. institute is the training arm of E Co. and is run by our project formulation experts. E Co. institute builds on our experience developing low-carbon, climate-resilient projects & programmes and the specialist training workshops we’ve conducted across the globe. We aim to build greater capacity amongst organisations worldwide seeking to deepen their knowledge of climate funds and develop skills in unlocking climate finance. 

Our trainings, coaching and courses are intended for mid-level professionals working in NGOs, UN agencies, bilateral organisations, development banks, and local or country government officials.

Training options


Please note: this option is currently adapted online, in light of the present global situation. Our consultants offer bespoke in-person trainings, which can be in your location of choice. We frequently travel across the globe to deliver trainings to individuals and teams, all year round. Please note that the venue, interpreters, refreshments, etc. are the responsibility of the client. You can contact us here for further details and costs. Our face-to-face training sessions include:

  • Training needs survey and 3-page report with results
  • Workshop agenda draft (MS Word)
  • Training materials (PDFs of PowerPoint slides)
  • Training delivery and facilitation of discussions over 2 days*
  • Workshop report (5 pages including observations from the training and recommendations on future needs)

*An additional higher-level ½ day can be provided for ‘senior executives’ and ½ day discussion with the NDA.


We can arrange remote training and coaching sessions online, at a time and date, that is suitable to you, to work on your specific project and answer your specific questions. Please contact us for further details and costs. Our remote coaching sessions include:

  • Initial review of project idea / draft concept note with written feedback
  • Eight 1-2-1 group surgery/office hours calls (30 minutes dealing with common questions each week)
  • Two reviews of updated concept note with written feedback over 8-week period

Training gallery

Kampala, Uganda

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 Topics to choose from

  • Introduction to climate finance (and the role of the GCF)
  • Introduction to the GCF – how it is structured and how it works (investment priorities, criteria and policies)
  • Introduction to accreditation – requirements and types of accreditation and implications for project design
  • Introduction to GCF proposal documents – concept note, funding proposal and what each contains. Discussion about what needs to be done to prepare a submission-ready proposal
  • GCF approval cycle: process, roles, variations, role of the NDA
  • GCF investment criteria, for each, what it is and how to measure it
    • Impact potential
    • Paradigm shift potential
    • Sustainable development potential
    • Responsiveness to recipient needs
    • Country ownership
    • Efficiently and effectiveness
  • Types of project and co-financing
  • The Simplified Approval Process (SAP)
  • Private Sector Facility (PSF)
  • Project identification and concept note: introduction to a self-assessment framework
  • Country ownership and the role of the NDA, IEs and the private sector
  • Stakeholder identification and analysis
  • Private and financial sector engagement
  • GCF project preparation – overview
  • Problem and objective trees – how to do them and how they contribute to project design
  • Climate rationale: vulnerability to climate change and adaptation needs
  • Barrier analysis and market assessment
  • Theory of change
  • Lessons learned and best practice in project design
  • Results frameworks, project logic and Logical Framework Analysis
  • Project risks and assumptions, indicator and outcomes
  • Project finance, blended co-financing and co-financing requirements
  • Budget preparation
  • Institutional arrangements
  • Gender requirements
  • Annexes and studies
    • Gender assessments and Gender Action Plans
    • Feasibility study
    • Environmental and Social Safeguards
    • Term sheet
    • Integrated financial-economic model + sensitivity analysis
    • Letters of commitment for co-financing
  • Case studies: examples of approved projects and what we can learn from them
  • Group work on project ideas / concept notes

Please contact us for further details and costs. 


Browse our Events calendar to look at our full list of upcoming webinars, training workshops and more. You can sign up to our newsletter for regular updates and the latest invites.

August – Training workshop: ‘How to prepare a successful market barrier analysis: an introduction’ (free) 

When: 11 August, 12-1pm BST (GMT+1)
Who: Dr Grant Ballard-Tremeer
This workshop is now over. Sign up for your replay kit here.

About: It can be a challenge to keep up to date with the evolving requirements of the different funds and be able to develop effective proposals rapidly. This workshop is designed for you if you’re involved in the project development process and seeking to address the specific needs of your chosen country and match the priorities of funders and key stakeholders, at the appropriate scale.

In this latest E Co. institute training workshop, we will be introducing a number of key concepts and approaches, including:

  1. What are market barriers and why are they important? (Key components of a market barrier analysis)
  2. How can we identify them? (Resources and assessment tools)
  3. What are the different ways to examine and communicate market barriers? (Resources and assessment tools)

April – Training workshop: How to prepare a successful GCF Readiness Funding Proposal – Results Framework and Theory of Change (free)

prepare a successful gcf readiness proposal

This workshop was designed to support participants in increasing the success of their Green Climate Fund Readiness Funding Proposal preparations. This workshop is now over. You can download all workshop materials and the replay kit here.