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


24 FEBRUARY — 26 JUNE 2020

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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:

  • Current international policy concerning climate change and clean energy
  • Funding options for low carbon climate resilient development (e.g. clean energy access, adaptation options, technologies for and promoting of energy efficiency)
  • Identifying project opportunities for low carbon climate resilient development
  • Assessing sustainable development impacts
  • 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
Residential component: Developing a GCF concept note


The course is divided into two parts. Part 1 is an online course of eight modules spread over 16 weeks in which participants, in their own time, undertake reading assignments, watch videos, listen to presentations and complete questions and written assignments. A webinar is held every two weeks to introduce a module and give feedback on the previous module. The assignments include developing a draft concept note for a Green Climate Fund proposal ready for feedback during the residential course. It is estimated that to complete the material participants will need 8 hours per week. All modules of Part 1 must be successfully completed before the start of Part 2 – the two week residential course. Part 2 consists of lectures, including guest lectures from leading specialists, presentations, case studies, discussions, and a site visit. During the 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.

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16 weeks online (start 24 February 2020) through The University of Twente’s Website; 2 weeks residential (15 to 26 June 2020) in Enschede, the Netherlands.


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.

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


3000 Euro


Estimated total costs for 2 weeks are 500 Euro which covers food, out-of-pocket expenses. The course organizers will arrange accommodation for the residential part of the course.


The course organizers will arrange accommodation for the residential part of the course. We offer below options to stay during the residential component:

The course organizers can book a room for the participants as UT guest (special price as mentioned above). Please note that the accommodation offers different levels of service which is reflected in the price charged. If you choice the ITC International hotel or Intercity hotel you will need to take a bus to the University of Twente. There are two bus lines running regularly between the university and the centre of town.

Note: in case a participant wants to check-out during the weekend, the course organization needs to be informed before the start of the course. Otherwise the participant have to pay the hotel costs for the weekend.

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


Attendees must be covered by Health, Accident and Third Party Liability Insurance from the date of arrival in the Netherlands. This is a legal requirement. Self-funded participants needs to arrange this themselves.


Travel from Schiphol airport to Enschede takes at least 2 hours by train - the station is located at the Schiphol airport. Please keep in mind when planning your departure after the residential component of the course if the check-in for your flight is in the morning (before 11:59 am), then we strongly advise to stay in a hotel near Schiphol airport in the night before departure (e.g. Hotel Ibis Schiphol Amsterdam Airport or Bastion hotel Schiphol Hoofddorp are budget hotels located close to the airport which have a free shuttle bus service from the airport to the hotel v.v.). This safeguards you against any problems with the trains. This hotel is at your own cost and should be included in your budget. The course organization prefer to receive the participant's travel scheme before booking accommodation in Enschede to avoid double booking in the night before departure.


During the residential part of the course, participants will have access to the UT library and an internet connection. Course materials are provided electronically. Participants are expected to bring their own laptop, tablet, smart phone etc.


Our short courses have been approved for the OKP short course list. If you are admitted to our course you can apply for an OKP fellowship. For more information see: . The OKP fellowship application deadline for this course is 18 October 2019.


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


Online application form:
Online tool for Nuffic scholarships is open from 5 September 2019 until 18 October 2019. If you intend to apply for a Nuffic scholarship we need to have received your application form by 15 October to ensure we can process it in time.
Deadline for applications by candidates with own funding is 16 February 2020. Payment must be received before 24 February 2020. 
For questions you can contact our course administration: Mrs. Barbera van Dalm
Phone: +31 (0)53 489 4377