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Formulating proposals for low carbon climate resilient development: Designing Green Climate Fund Projects (ICREP)


online 2020 course (due to covid-19)

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The aim of the course is to develop participants’ skills in preparing proposals for low carbon climate resilient development in areas such as clean energy access, energy efficiency and adaptation to climate change so that they can mobilise climate finance, particularly from the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and catalyse the deployment of climate change solutions in developing countries


Participants from backgrounds related to energy, environment and climate change will be admitted, such as: staff from National Designated Authorities (NDAs), staff from Accredited Entities or those seeking accreditation, entrepreneurs, consultants, project developers, government officials, policy advisors, and staff of utility companies and (I)NGOs.


After completion of the course, participants will have gained knowledge and experience related to:

  • Climate finance landscape and international policies concerning climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • GFC funding options and operating modalities to support low carbon climate resilient development 
  • Identifying project opportunities for low carbon climate resilient development
  • Developing implementation strategies
  • Writing bankable and fundable proposals


Module 1: Introduction to climate and clean energy, the Green Climate Fund
Module 2: Introduction to project formulation
Module 3: Barrier analysis & market assessment
Module 4: Technology assessment & strategy development
Module 5: Developing the project logic
Module 6: Emissions, impact and financial analysis
Module 7: Country ownership and stakeholder engagement
Module 8: Project rationale, sensitivity and risk analysis
Online summer course: Developing a GCF concept note


The course is divided into two parts. Part 1 is an online course of eight modules in which participants, in their own time, undertake reading assignments, watch videos, listen to presentations and complete questions and written assignments. This part of the course takes place in individual pace and offers online tutoring to help the participant through the modules and give feedback on assignments. The assignments include developing a draft concept note for a Green Climate Fund proposal ready for feedback during the online summer  course (Part 2). It is estimated that to complete the online material before the summer school participants will need about 120 hours. It is advised that all modules of Part 1 are successfully completed before the start of Part 2 – the online summer  course. Part 2 consists of line online lectures, including guest lectures from leading specialists, participants presentations, case studies presentation, discussions, and small group and one-one  tutoring. During the online course participants work, individually or in pairs, on their draft concept note which will be presented and discussed with feedback on possible areas for improvement. In principle, it is possible to follow the recorded parts of the online summer course or do parts of the online summer course, like one-one tutoring, in a later stage.

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BSc, MSc or equivalent from a recognized university, at least two years of professional experience, and a basic understanding of engineering and economics is necessary. The language requirement is IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). For the on-line component participants must have access to an appropriate internet connection.

Part 1

The online Part 1 opens the 1st of June.  Part 2 of the course will only take place if a minimum number of participants has been reached before 27th of May. In case of cancellation of the Part 2 participants can withdraw from Part 1 without costs or decide to do only Part 1.  Payments must be received before 27th of May 2020.

Part 2

Part 2 starts Monday the 10th of August and runs till Tuesday the 18th of August 2020.

Part 2 consists of  online lectures, including guest lectures from leading specialists, participants presentations, case studies presentation, discussions, and small group and one-one tutoring. During the online summer course participants work, individually or in pairs, on their draft concept note which will be presented and discussed with feedback on possible areas for improvement

The online summer course consist of a number of different types of activities.

Tuition fees

  • Only part 1 (also if we have to cancel part 2): Fee 1200 Euro.
  • Part 1 and part 2, with life attendance in the online summer school: Fee 2000 Euro.
  • Part 2 and for part 2 no life attendance but recordings of the summer school and some ‘one on-one’ online tutoring on the proposal based on content from summer school recordings: Fee 1600 Euro.
  • Part 1 in 2020 and the residential in 2021: 1200 Euro in 2020, reduction of course fee in 2021 with 1200 Euro.
  • Part 1 and an extended tutoring of work on the draft proposal as alternative for online summer school: 1500 Euro

For every of the above mentioned course option there will be a separate certificate after successfully completing the course.

Only in very particular cases a partly fee waiver can be discussed with the course management.

ICREP presented me with the opportunity to network among colleagues from different background and countries 

After returning, I established a Carbon Finance Unit in my NGO. Now I have a team of 5 staff. We have initiated the project ‘Eficient Fuel Wood Cooking Stoves Project in Foothils and Plains of Central Development Region of Nepal'.Nepal attendee


An administration fee of 500 Euro will be charged for all cancellations not notified at least 30 days prior to the course start date.


History of the course

The University of Twente has been offering the International Course on Rural Energy Planning (ICREP) since 1983. Since 2005, the focus has been on proposal writing and financing schemes for projects related to energy, environment and climate change mitigation. In 2016 we substantially revised the delivery of the programme including an element of the teaching through online modules spread over an 16-week period followed by a 2-week residential programme.
The updated course now covers both adaptation and mitigation.


ICREP is the Dutch nomination for the 2016 UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development.

In answer to the question 'would you recommend ICREP to a colleague?' gave a resounding 'yes!' (score of 4,9 out 5)Participant evaluation 2016


Application: send an email to Barbera van Dalm at cstm@utwente.nl

For questions you can contact our course administration: Mrs. Barbera van Dalm
Phone: +31 (0)53 489 4377
Email: cstm@utwente.nl