B.31/06: Matters related to accreditation

The Board, having considered document GCF/B.31/12 titled “Matters related to accreditation: Co-Chairs’ proposal on the updates to the accreditation framework”:

  1. Takes note of the findings and recommendations in the Independent Synthesis of the GCF’s Accreditation Function undertaken by the Independent Evaluation Unit (see document GCF/B.26/Inf.05), as well as other related Independent Evaluation Unit evaluations that covered matters related to the GCF’s accreditation systems, the Secretariat’s management responses, and views from the Board in accordance with decision B.30/11;
  2. Requests the Independent Evaluation Unit to present a management action report to the Board no later than one year following the adoption of this decision;
  3. Agrees to the revised definitions of the size categories as contained in annex III to this document regarding the “scale of intended activities” and that these definitions shall apply to projects and programmes approved at or after the first Board meeting in 2024;
  4. Adopts the updates to the accreditation framework set out in annex IV to this document to replace the initial guiding framework for the accreditation process adopted by the Board pursuant to decision B.07/02, paragraph (a), as of the date of effectiveness set out in annex IV;
  5. Requests, pursuant to paragraph (d) above, the Accreditation Panel, with the support of the Secretariat, to establish a roster of competent external consultants and/or consultancy firms in accordance with the Administrative Guidelines on Procurement, and approves an additional budget of USD 700,000 under the administrative budget of the Board to be executed during the years 2022 and 2023 for the use of such external consultants and/or consultancy firms;
  6. Also requests the Accreditation Committee, in consultation with the Secretariat and Accreditation Panel, to update the draft working modalities of the Accreditation Panel set out in annex I to document GCF/B.21/Inf.10 titled “Reports from committees, panels and groups of the Board of the Green Climate Fund” to reflect the use of external consultants and/or consultancy firms in the context of reviews of entities in Stage II (Step I), with a view to presenting such working modalities to the Board for its consideration no later than at its first meeting in 2023;
  7. Decides, pursuant to decision B.23/11, to implement, on a pilot basis, a project-specific assessment approach that combines assessments undertaken during the existing accreditation and proposal approval processes in a fit-for-purpose manner, in accordance with the parameters set out in annex IV and taking into account decision B.19/13, paragraph (d);
  8. Also decides, pursuant to paragraph (g) above, to request the Secretariat and the independent Technical Advisory Panel to prioritize, during the first year of project-specific assessment approach implementation, project-specific assessment approach proposals (with respect to the Secretariat) and accompanying funding proposals (with respect to the Secretariat and the independent Technical Advisory Panel) from (i) subnational, national and regional entities based in developing countries, particularly those from developing countries that have yet to have an approved GCF-funded activity at the time of the launch of the project-specific assessment approach; and (ii) entities responding to requests for proposal issued by GCF.After the first year, unless otherwise decided by the Board, the approach for the review of project-specific assessment approach proposals shall default to a first-come-first-complete basis;
  9. Approves an additional budget of USD 600,000 under the administrative budget of the Secretariat to be executed during the years 2022 and 2023, including for the procurement of the external consultants and/or consulting firms mentioned in paragraph (g), to cover the assessments of approximately 10 funding proposals submitted by entities under the project-specific assessment approach and the related legal arrangements for those project-specific assessment approach entities and related funding proposals approved by the Board;
  10. Decides that entities with funding proposals approved within the scope of the project-specific assessment approach set out in paragraph (g) above shall be deemed accredited for the purposes of such approved funding proposals only;
  11. Also decides that the Project Preparation Facility can also support project and programme preparation requests from entities not yet accredited to GCF, in particular subnational, national and regional entities, which have submitted a complete application for the project-specific assessment approach detailed in paragraph (g) above, and that the provisions of decision B.13/21 shall apply mutatis mutandis to such entities;
  12. Requests the Secretariat to report to the Board on an annual basis on the operationalization and implementation of the approach referred to in paragraph (g) above, and decides to review the pilot framework for the project-specific assessment approach referred to in paragraph (g) above three years after its operationalization;
  13. Decides to launch the process to review the accreditation framework in accordance with decision B.27/06, which, inter alia, mandates the Board to present a revised accreditation framework to address matters outlined in paragraph 26 (a)(i)–(v) of annex VI to that decision;
  14. Requests the Secretariat, pursuant to the updated Strategic Plan for the GCF 2020–2023 adopted in decision B.27/06, to present an analysis of the accredited entity portfolio to identify strengths and gaps in coverage and capabilities no later than the thirty-second meeting of the Board;
  15. Decides to develop a strategy on accreditation, as recommended by the Independent Evaluation Unit, that clarifies the role of accreditation in the GCF, building on the strategic approach to accreditation as outlined in the updated Strategic Plan for the GCF 2020–2023. In particular, the accreditation strategy should focus on:
    1. Improving the efficiency of the accreditation process, including the consideration of portfolio targets, performance indicators and milestones;
    2. Seeking to increase the share of direct access entities above the initial resource mobilization level, including by prioritizing accreditation of and capacity support for direct access entities of countries which do not yet have a national or regional direct access accredited entity, including by promoting the participation and accreditation of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in GCF activities in all developing countries, including least developed countries, small island developing States and African States;
    3. Incentivizing capacity-building and alignment with the GCF mandate within the accreditation function and further strengthening the Accreditation Panel;
    4. Improving monitoring and reporting by accredited entities in terms of performance, results and alignment with the GCF mandate;
    5. Informing re-accreditation decisions with (i) an examination of accredited entities’ performance in contributing to GCF programming results, considering international access entities’ contribution to building capacities of direct access entities; and (ii) an assessment of the extent to which accredited entities’ overall portfolio of activities beyond those funded by GCF has evolved towards low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways;
    6. Ensuring that the re-accreditation assessments of accredited entities’ portfolios are based on clear, transparent and predictable criteria that are communicated to applicants;
    7. Providing guidance to international access entities to support the building of capacities of direct access entities;
    8. Improving the accreditation component of the GCF’s request for proposal modality; and
    9. Enhancing the provision of pre-accreditation and post-accreditation support, in particular for direct access entities, to strengthen capacity-building for candidate entities; and
  16. Requests the Secretariat, under the guidance of the Co-Chairs, to prepare the accreditation strategy in an open, inclusive and transparent manner in accordance with the relevant provisions of decision B.23/03, including engaging in consultations with the Board, accredited entities, observers and national designated authorities, for consideration by the Board no later than its thirty-third meeting.

The requests for proposal may include those for the pilot phase for enhancing direct access (decision B.10/04), the pilot programme to support micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (decision B.10/11), and the pilot programme to mobilize funds at scale in order to address adaptation and mitigation (decision B.16/03).