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 training option is currently suspended, 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


*Coming soon* you and your team have access to a wide selection of online short courses, to do at a time and date, that is suitable to you. Any questions you may have, our consultants are at hand to support you. To be notified of our live online courses and costs, please sign up here. What to expect from our online training portal:

  • Access and support in our online training portal for each participant
  • Enrolment on courses of your choice
  • Training materials (downloadable PDFs of PowerPoint slides)
  • Video lecturers
  • Tests and quizzes
  • Completion certificate for each participant


Any combination of these formats is possible. Please contact us for further details and costs.  Tailored training specifically addressing identified needs can be provided (at an additional cost). Our combination trainings include:

  • Face to face training + remote coaching support
  • Face to face training + online training course + remote coaching support
  • online training course + remote coaching support

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. 


Free online training workshop: ‘How to prepare a successful GCF Readiness Funding Proposal’, 30 April 2020, 12pm BST.

prepare a successful gcf readiness proposal

In light of the new Readiness and Preparatory Support Guidebook published by GCF and the recent GCF webinar on Updated Readiness & Preparatory Support Programme, E Co. CEO Dr Grant Ballard-Tremeer and Senior consultants, Morna Isaac and Benjamin Bartle will be offering a special training workshop – sharing insights and covering sticky topics on what it takes to develop a Results Framework and Theory of Change for a successful Readiness Funding Proposal. This workshop is designed to support participants in increasing the success of their Green Climate Fund Readiness Funding Proposal preparations.

This workshop is now over. To receive the replay kit, please sign up for the May Latest Thinking newsletter here.