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Designing Green Climate Fund Projects Summer Course

An international summer course for the public and private sectors on clean energy access, environment and climate change projects.

Course introduction

The aim of the course is to develop participants’ skills in preparing proposals for low carbon and climate resilient projects so that they can mobilise climate finance, particularly from the Green Climate Fund, and catalyse the deployment of climate change solutions in developing countries.

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 followed by a residential programme. The updated course now covers both adaptation and mitigation.

  • Online part of the summer course
    • Module 1: Introduction to climate, 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: Estimating base-lines and co-benefits
    • Module 7: Project finance, country ownership and stakeholder engagement
    • Module 8: Project rationale, sensitivity and risk analysis
  • Residential part of the programme (23-27 August)

    Developing a GCF concept note or other Low carbon project proposal.

    In principle, we will organise a physical course. Depending on the interest and the COVID circumstances, we might switch to a hybrid model, with some students being physically in Twente and some online. Alternatively, we might have to switch to a fully online version. More information regarding this will be provided as soon as possible.

Learning objectives

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

  • Climate finance landscape and international policies concerning climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • GCF 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

Course organization

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. During this online period the participant will receive tutoring and feedback on assignments. The assignments include developing a draft concept note for a Green Climate Fund proposal or another Low carbon project proposal. Preferably, the participants have draft material ready for feedback during Part 2, the residential course.

 It is estimated that to complete the online material participants will need about 120 hours. The online course will be available from June 15 onwards. Participants can start at a later moment in time, but this online part can only be started after the formal registration and payment and therefore the course a whole.

It is strongly advised that all modules of Part 1 be successfully completed before the start of Part 2 – the summer course. Part 2 (23-27 August) 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.

However, the course will only start if a minimal number of participants applied. Prospective participants may indicate their interest until 1st June 2021 by sending an email to and complete the payment via our system by the 15th of June 2021. Upon successful payment, a confirmation will be sent along with the course material and instructions. In case of failure of payment, the participation to the course will be annulled.  

The course will be confirmed based on the number of registrations, therefore an official confirmation will be announced to all interested participants on the 15th of June 2021.

Course information

Course details
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Date: 23 - 27 August, 2021. Online part of the programme available from 15 June, 2021.
Workload: Online part consists of approx. 120 hours of workload. The residential part takes 5 days.
Language: English
Format: Either, 
- Online and residential
- Online (and follow the residential part in a hybrid form)
- Fully online
Costs: 1.600 EUR for the fully online participation & 2.300 EUR for the residential + online participation
Target group: Participants from backgrounds related to energy, environment and climate change, 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 IFIs and (I)NGOs.
Specific entry requirements: 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 online component, participants must have access to an appropriate internet connection.
Teaching methods: 
- Online: Reading assignments, watch videos, listen to presentations and complete questions and written assignments. 
- Residential/hybrid: lectures, 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.

Special cancellation policy

For this particular summer course a special cancellation policy applies:

  • Cancellation by 12 July 2021 (6 weeks before the start of the residential part): full refund of the fees paid for Part 2 of the course (residential online or offline).
  • Cancellation after 12 July 2021: refund is not possible for Part 2 of the course (residential online or offline), however it will be possible to switch to the fully online residential part if the cancellation is caused by inability to travel.
  • Refund for Part 1 is not possible.

Course leader

dr. F.H.J.M. Coenen (Frans)
Associate Professor

Course package

5-day course package "online + residential": 

  • (online) Course participation and course material 
  • Overnight stay at the UPark Hotel on the University of Twente campus 
  • 4x Buffet-style breakfast 
  • 5x Buffet-style lunch 
  • 4x 3-course dinner or dinner buffet & 2 dinner drinks 
  • Unlimited tea, coffee, water and soft drinks 
  • Free use of fast and secure Wi-Fi 
  • Free use of power banks for mobile phones 
  • Free parking 

Personal expenses like travel costs (plane ticket, train ticket, etc.), travel and health insurance and other expenses are not included in the fee. For more details check our terms and conditions

In case we need to decide to offer the “residential part” fully online due to COVID or for those who cannot join on-campus when we organise the course in a hybrid way (residential for some, online for others) we do also offer the "fully online" package, which includes the (online) course participation, course material and feedback from the course leader.

In the registration form it is possible to either choose the residential package or the fully online package.

The definite all-in packages will be confirmed in June 2021 and is subject to change based on the national and international Covid-19 regulations. 

About the organizers

University of Twente, Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability provides education at Bachelors and Masters level on problems related to the role of technology in the development of the South.

The UNEP DTU Partnership, Copenhagen, Denmark supports the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in its aim to incorporate environmental aspects into energy planning and policy worldwide with a special emphasis to assist developing countries.


E Co. is a consultancy specialising in the formulation of sustainable energy and climate change projects. Eco has formulated $180m of project proposals for EBRD, IFC, World Bank, UNIDO, UNDP, and AfDB, including GEF and the GCF.

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