How climate finance regulatory and reform-based advisory works best in crisis: Applications during COVID

Honorata Fijalka
June 2020

While perhaps obvious, one of the most effective steps to help manage climate finance regulatory and reform-based advisory projects under crisis is the simplification of their design and scope. Get rid of non-essentials in regulatory work. This is especially important for public-sector client interventions where regulatory responses and government entities are expected to make significant changes (e.g. to procedures, policies, and coordination mechanisms). 150 Advisory projects from five different regions, including financial crises, political insurgencies and conflict settings in Europe Central Asia, were analyzed. 

Amongst the projects that used the strategy of design simplification, 65% achieved successful development effectiveness ratings. Most of the projects that were rated negatively were in high risk countries highly dependent on security conditions to improve, and thus simplification alone would be unlikely to manage ratings. Other recommendations for weathering the crises in the private sector advisory were work with recognized partners and products, measure strength of project change agents and critically review and manage the timeline of Advisory interventions.

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April 2020
Concordiste supports the IFC Global Advisory Secretariat in its efforts to strengthen IFC’s project outcomes
Honorata Fijalka
Concordiste is delighted to support IFC in its efforts to strengthen Advisory project outcomes, including through improvement in work quality. Projects based in Southeast Asia were in focus of work in April 2020.
February 2020
Mid-Term Evaluation of the Hosting and Managing the Private Financing Advisory Network Programme (PFAN)
Honorata Fijalka
Concordiste and Energy Changes were entrusted with the mid-term review of PFAN activities implemented under the new hosting arrangement by UNIDO in cooperation with REEEP from July 2016 to December 2018
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