2014 Forum
2014 Forum

Some 500 participants came together to learn, share, and network at the CIF 2014 Partnership Forum co-hosted with the Inter-American Development Bank in Montego Bay, Jamaica from June 22-24. A showcase of emerging CIF knowledge and learning on low carbon, climate resilient development, the forum was a key meeting place for policy makers, entrepreneurs, financiers, social advocates, and researchers from around the world.

Some 500 participants came together to learn, share, and network at the CIF 2014 Partnership Forum co-hosted with the Inter-American Development Bank in Montego Bay, Jamaica from June 22-24. A showcase of emerging CIF knowledge and learning on low carbon, climate resilient development, the forum was a key meeting place for policy makers, entrepreneurs, financiers, social advocates, and researchers from around the world.

Development experts, business leaders, and prominent climate change thinkers presented lessons on managing climate change programs, unlocking finance, and building partnerships for low carbon, climate resilient development. CIF countries and the MDBs also shared their experiences. The Forum featured special private sector sessions, as well as discussions on technical and scientific approaches to climate change. A one-day training session for local and regional media helped expand outreach. 

The CIF Knowledge Bazaar provided an interactive space in which participants could network. It was modeled on a five-year retrospective report on "Learning by Doing: The CIF's Contribution to Climate Finance," also launched at the forum.  

Stakeholder Day on June 22 was a full day dedicated to examining barriers and opportunities for enhanced stakeholder engagement in the CIF and in the wider climate finance architecture. Bringing together 150 participants from civil society, indigenous peoples’ organizations, private sector and development partners, the event provided a unique opportunity to solidify and create long-term partnerships among stakeholders of all levels.


Photography, video, and reporting by IISD Reporting Services.

CIF 2014 Partnership Forum Proceedings Report

CIF 2014 Partnership Forum List of Participants



Associated Meetings:

Standing Committee on Finance Forum June 21-22

Trust Fund Committee and Sub-Committee Meetings June 25-28




Monday, June 23 Tuesday, June 24
9:00 -10:00

Opening Plenary

The opening session of the CIF 2014 Partnership Forum will feature welcome remarks from the CIF and co-host Inter-American Development Bank and the official opening from the Government of Jamaica.  
  • Moderator: Steven Shalita, Senior Communications Officer, Administrative Unit, CIF
  • The Hon. Ian Hayles, Minister of State, Minister for Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Jamaica
  • Hans Schulz, Vice President for the Private Sector and Non-Sovereign Guaranteed Operations, IDB 
  • Patricia Bliss-Guest, Program Manager, Administrative Unit, CIF
9:00 - 10:30
Independent Evaluation of the CIF
Learn about and discuss the findings and recommendations of the Independent Evaluation of the CIF. The evaluation was undertaken by ICF
International, under the supervision of the independent evaluation units of
the five multilateral development banks (constituting an Evaluation Oversight Committee), with the advice and review of an International Reference Group of eminent experts. The session will focus on the relevance and implications of the findings and recommendations for the CIF and for climate finance more generally.
  • Moderator: Kenneth Chomitz, Senior Advisor, Independent Evaluation Group,World Bank Group
  • Rachel Kyte, Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank Group
  • Frances Seymour, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
  • Alvaro Umaña, Senior Research Fellow, Tropical Agronomic Center for Research and Higher Education in Turrialba
  • Mark Wagner, Senior Vice President, ICF International
10:00 - 11:00
Lessons from the CIF:  Fostering partnerships, delivering investment, and learning by doing to achieve results
Building off the new five-year retrospective report “Learning by Doing: The CIF’s Contribution to Climate Finance,” panelists will share their CIF experiences—both the successes and challenges—in fostering partnerships, delivering investment, and learning by doing to achieve results.
  • Moderator: Funke Oyewole, Advisor, Concessional Finance and Partnerships, World Bank Group (Former Deputy Program Manager, Administrative Unit, CIF)
  • The Hon. Ana Chichava, Deputy Minister for the Coordination of Environmental Affairs, Mozambique
  • The Hon. Gabriel Quijandría Acosta, Vice Minister of Strategic Development of Natural Resources, Ministry of Environment, Peru
  • Patricia Bliss-Guest, Program Manager, Administrative Unit, CIF
  • Amal-Lee Amin, Associate Director, E3G
  • Guy Patrice Dkamela, Advisor, Center for Research and Action toward Sustainable
10:30 - 11:00 Networking break
11:00 - 11:30
Networking Break/Opening of Knowledge Bazaar
11:00 - 12:30
The dollars and sense of social entrepreneurship: Does it all add up?
Social entrepreneurs aim to generate measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Learn how social enterprises are working to address the challenges of implementing clean energy, resilience, and forestry programs. 
  • Moderator: Ethan Zindler, Head of Americas, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
  • Niki Armacost, Managing Director, Arc Finance
  • Sagun Saxena, Managing Partner, CleanStar Ventures
  • Paul Needham, President and Co-Founder, Simpa Networks | Presentation 
  • Marion Allet, Senior Programme Officer, Agence Francaise de Developpement, PAMIGA | Presentation
Does size matter in transformational change? Billion vs. million dollar CIF projects
The CIF has supported transformational change and development impact across the spectrum: from renewable energy mega-projects to much smaller-scale projects in community-based forestry and resilience. What impact do these projects achieve and in what time frame and at what cost? 
  • Moderator: Barbara Buchner, Senior Director, Climate Policy Initiative
  • Penny Herbst, Corporate Renewables Specialist, Eskom
  • Ahmet Tohma, Manager, Project and Acquisition Finance, Garanti Bank
  • Berenice Hernández Toro, Director of Financing, International Affairs and Financing Unit, National Forestry Commission, Mexico
  • Raymond Carlsen, CEO Scatec Solar GmbH
11:30 - 12:30 
Mainstreaming Climate Resilience: Jamaica session
Spurred simultaneously by its Vision 2030 Jamaica—National Development Plan and the impacts of climate variability and change, Jamaica is making strides to mainstream climate resilience into its development planning. Learn about Jamaica's efforts to integrate climate risk detection and management into key sectors and the results that these early efforts are already yielding.
  • Evan Thompson, Manager, Weather Branch, Meteorological Service, Jamaica
  • Michael Taylor, Head, Department of Physics and Director, Climate StudiesGroup, University of the West Indies Mona | Presentation
  • Alicia Hayman, Natural Resource Management Specialist | Presentation
  • Colin F. Bullock, Chairman and Director General, Planning Institute of Jamaica | Presentation
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch 12:30 - 1:30 Lunch

1:30 - 3:00

Unlocking climate finance for the private sector | Video
Get answers to the burning question: “How can I access development financing for my climate smart business?” Panelists will discuss how they have successfully accessed development financing for innovative climate mitigation or resilience solutions.  
  • Moderator: Ethan Zindler, Head of Americas, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
  • Kagan Aktan, Director of Market Risk, Yapı Kredi Bank
  • Narek Harutyunyan, Managing Partner, Rengy Development
  • Raymond Carlsen, CEO Scatec Solar GmbH
  • Enrique Nieto, Director for Sustainable Projects, Nacional Financiera, SNC
Preparing and implementing a programmatic approach to climate resilience 
A recent CIF study highlights the lessons learned on the effectiveness of the PPCR planning process (or “PPCR Phase I”) in enhancing countries' readiness for large-scale adaptation financing and introducing and maintaining a programmatic approach. 
  • Moderator: Smita Nakhooda, Research Fellow, Climate Change, Environment and Forests Program, ODI
  • Camille Bann, Consultant, CIF Study on PPCR Phase I | Presentation
  • Litara Taulealo, Assistant CEO, Climate Resilience Investment Coordination Unit, Ministry of Finance, Samoa
  • Bhuban Karki, Under Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Nepal
  • Claire Bernard, Deputy Director General, Sustainable Development and Social Planning, Planning Institute of Jamaica
  • Xavier Agostinho Chavana, Senior Planning Officer, Ministry of Planning and Development, Mozambique
1:30 - 3:00
Two-way street: Engaging stakeholders for climate-smart development 
This session aims to address the options for enhancing stakeholder engagement in the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) at the country level, highlighting the preliminary outcomes from a study on the CIF’s experience in this area. This session will also feature a discussion on the outcomes of the Stakeholder Day including lessons learnt and follow-up actions. To foster collective thinking on these issues, a panel discussion will share views on how effective country level stakeholder engagement can be realized.
  • Moderator: John Clark, Principal, The Policy Practice Ltd
  • David Kaluba, National Coordinator, Ministry of Finance and National Planning, Zambia
  • Abigail Demopulos, Deputy Director, Office of Environment and Energy, U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Guy Patrice Dkamela, Advisor, Center for Research and Action toward Sustainable Development in Central Africa
  • Marion Verles, Executive Director, Nexus-Carbon for Development
Mini-grid mania: Are mini-grids the next mobile phone revolution? 
Distributed energy generation through mini-grids is touted as a solution for achieving sustainable energy for all. Yet sustainable business models for mini-grids have yet to be deployed widely. Like mobile communications before it, will mini-grids yield the next big revolution or will they remain theoretically attractive but commercially unviable? 
  • Moderator: Paul Needham, President and Co-Founder, Simpa Networks
  • Gilles Vermot-Desroches, Sustainability Senior Vice President, Schneider Electric
  • Pavel Oimeke, Director, Renewable Energy, Energy Regulatory Commission, Kenya
  • Gianluca Signorelli, Co-Founder, Empowered by Light
  • Niki Armacost, Managing Director, Arc Finance
3:00 - 3:30 Networking Break 3:00 - 3:30 Networking Break
3:30 - 5:00
Multi-nationals and SMEs working together: Sustainable supply chains for the future 
Representatives from multi-nationals and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that do business in the developing world will discuss how they are committing to transparent and traceable supply chains. They will consider where the synergies and opportunities for partnership exist and whether or not strategies, challenges, and solutions are similar or different depending on the size of the company. 
  • Moderator: Jason Clay, Senior VP of Market Transformation, WWF
  • Isabel Studer, Founding Director, Global Institute for Sustainability-EGADE Business School, Tech de Monterrey 
  • Regine Labrousse, Deputy Affairs Manager, Brasserie National d’Haiti-BRANA, Subsidiary of Heineken
  • Michel Ely Monnin, Deputy Project Manager, Smallholder Alliance for Sorghum in Haiti
  • Howard Shapiro, Global Director of Plant Science and External Research, Mars Incorporated
  • Marcelo Vieira, Director of Ethanol, Sugar, and Energy Operations, AdecoAgro
De-risking the exploration phase of geothermal
This exchange will allow countries to quickly share experiences on how they are reducing risks from the exploration phase of geothermal development and incentivizing greater private sector involvement.
  • Moderator: Pierre Audinet, ESMAP Clean Energy Program Team Leader, Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), World Bank
  • Mekuria Lemma Tulu, Director of Strategic Planning, Ethiopian Electric Power
  • Julian Richardson, CEO Parhelion Underwriting
  • Guido Cappetti, CEO Empresa National de Geotermia and Geotermica del Norte
  • Ahmet Tohma, Manager, Project and Acquisition Finance, Garanti Bank
3:30 - 5:00
Green links: REDD+ readiness and implementation
Under the UNFCCC much progress has been achieved in developing a coherent REDD+ concept based on a phased approach of readiness, upfront investments and performance-based or carbon-based payments. This debate will explore the boundaries and linkages between the three phases.
  • Moderator: Frances Seymour, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
  • Charlie Parker, Executive Director, Climate Focus North America | Presentation
  • The Hon. Gabriel Acosta Quijandria, Vice Minister of Strategic Development of Natural Resources, Peru
  • Katie Berg, Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Putera Parthama, Special Advisor to the Minister on Economics and International Trade, Ministry of Forestry, Indonesia
  • Ellysar Baroudi, Lead Carbon Finance Specialist, Carbon Finance Unit, World Bank Group
  • Esombo Flory Botamba, REDD+ Focal Point and Project Manager, Democratic Republic of Congo, WWF
Adaptation Champions in the SIDS
2014 marks the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Speakers from a diverse range of SIDS will share how their countries are leading the way to build resilience to a changing climate. 
  • Moderator: Mark Bynoe, Senior Economist and Head, Program Development and Management Unit, Caribbean Community Climate Change Center
  • Hopeton Peterson, Operations Officer, Environmental Sustainability, Caribbean Development Bank
  • Ambassador Dessima Williams, Former Grenadian Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Andrea Volentras, Program Manager, PPCR Regional Track, South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme
5:00 - 5:30 Networking Break 5:00 - 5:30 Networking Break
5:30 - 7:00
“4° Turn Down the Heat” scientific panel discussion on how rising global temperatures threaten health and livelihoods worldwide
Under current pledges and commitments, the world is likely to reach 4°C degree warming by the end of the century and 2°C warming as early as 2040. A distinguished panel of scientists from various research centers will offer insight into the development implications of climate change and how rising global temperatures are increasingly threatening the livelihoods and wellbeing of people around the globe, especially the poor and vulnerable. The CIF, through dedicated programming in climate change mitigation and resilience, is playing a highly relevant and timely role in addressing these challenges. 
  • Moderator: Erick Fernandes, Advisor, Climate Change and Natural Resource Management, World Bank Group
  • Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, CBE, Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
  • Ambassador Dessima Williams, Former Grenadian Ambassador to the United Nations
5:30 - 6:00

Closing Plenary 

Closing ceremony will feature some highlights from the partnership forum and speeches from the partners. 

  • Moderator: Patricia Bliss-Guest, Program Manager, Administrative Unit, CIF
  • Mafalda Duarte, Incoming Program Manager, Administrative Unit, CIF
  • Alexandre Meira da Rosa, Manager of Infrastructure and Environment Sector, IDB
  • Rachel Kyte, Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank Group
  • The Hon. Ian Hayles, Minister of State, Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Jamaica
    6:30 – 10:30
Gov. of Jamaica Cultural Reception
The Government of Jamaica will host the premier social event in the form of a cultural evening/reception on Tuesday June 24, 2014 in the courtyard of the Montego Bay Convention Centre at 6:30 pm. Participants will be treated to an exceptional fusion of authentic Jamaican and Continental Cuisine, folk, pop, soca and the easy sway of reggae music. Reggae music in particular has had a great social impact in Jamaica, speaking to the ills, the fun, the hopes and celebrations of all generations.


The Global Climatescope

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Learn more about the IDB’s Multilateral Investment Fund report Climatescope, being expanded to 53 countries in 2014 and offering valuable information on low carbon investment and policies, opportunities for SMEs to enter into the clean energy value chain, clean energy capacity, and carbon offset project development. | Presentation

  • Carrie McKellog, Chief, Multilateral Investment Fund, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Ethan Zindler, Head of Policy Analysis, Bloomberg New Energy FinanceKate Hughes, Low Carbon Development Team Leader, Department for International Development (DFID)

Gender in the CIF: Strategic Approaches in Climate Mitigation and Adaptation

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Examine key elements of mainstreaming gender in mitigation and adaptation investments, with a focus on energy and agriculture. CIF project cases from diverse regions will be shared as examples of good practice in gender-responsive design and implementation.

  • Moderator: Anne Kuriakose, Sr. Social Development Specialist, Climate Investment Funds 
  • Dominique Lallement, International Development Consultant | Presentation
  • Joyce Cacho, Adinura Advisory, LLC | Presentation
  • Sonomi Tanaka, Lead Social Development Specialist, Asian Development Bank | Presentation
  • Awatif Al-shargabi, Gender Specialist, Government of Yemen | Presentation
  • Claudio Alatorre, Climate Change Senior Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank | Presentation

Stakeholder Engagement in the CIF

4:15 – 5:15 pm

In a facilitated discussion and brainstorming session, stakeholders from civil society organizations, indigenous peoples groups, and the private sector will discuss models for collaborating, coordinating, and working together to build synergies and generate more robust and efficient results.

  • Moderator:David McCauley, Sr. Vice President, Government and Multilateral Affairs, WWF
  • Amal-Lee Amin, Associate Director, E3G
  • Andrea Bacher, Policy Manager, International Chamber of Commerce
  • Jonathan Coony, Program Coordinator, InfoDev Climate Technology Program, World Bank
  • Guy Patrice Dkamela, Center for Research and Action toward Sustainable Development in Central Africa (CERAD)

Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Program for Central Asia

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Learn about the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Program for Central Asia (CAMP4CA), a regional program on climate resilience to be prepared by the World Bank in partnership with the five Central Asia countries and development partners. | Presentation


Lessons on the Effective Use of Public Finance to Scale up CSP

5:30 – 6:30 pm

To improve knowledge on effective financing for concentrated solar power in emerging economies, the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) and the CIF have undertaken a project, “The Role of Public Finance in CSP.” Hear the main findings, as well as insights from Eskom’s experience developing its 100 MW CSP project in South Africa. | Presentation | Full Report | Annexes

  • Barbara Buchner, Senior Director, Climate Policy Initiative
  • Penny Herbst, Corporate Renewables Specialist, Eskom

Lessons from the Field: Climate Change Adaptation in India

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Crispino Lobo, co-founder and Executive Director of the Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR), will share WOTR’s experience in implementing a large-scale climate change adaptation project in rain-dependent and semi-arid regions of India. The project includes a range of interventions and utilizes a suite of seven participatory tools developed by WOTR to assess climate-induced vulnerability, make livelihoods climate resilient, enable communities and school children to document local bio-diversity, facilitate holistic planning of adaptive measures, undertake water-budgeting at the village level, and assess climate-related health risks. | Presentation


Fighting Climate Change through Entrepreneurship in the Caribbean

9:00 – 10:00 am

Learn about the activities, products, and services of the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre (CCIC), which provides incubation services, mentoring, training, market development, funding facilitation, and technology commercialization for small and medium enterprise in the Caribbean. 

  • Jonathan Coony, Coordinator, Climate Technology Program, InfoDev, World Bank Group | Presentation
  • Everton Hanson, Chief Executive Officer, Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre 
  • Shirley Lindo, CCIC entrepreneur | Presentation
  • Suzanne Thomas, CCIC entrepreneur

Adaptation Fund and Implementing Entities: Experiences in Adaptation

10:00 – 11:00 am

A representative from the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and PIOJ project partners from the private sector and civil society will share experiences in a discussion moderated by Adaptation Fund staff Mikko Ollikainen and Daouda Ndiaye. | Presentation


Monitoring and Reporting Climate Change Adaptation

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Representatives of PPCR pilot countries will share their experiences in monitoring progress towards climate resilience. Experts will discuss setting baselines, assessing results, raising awareness, and engaging stakeholders.

  • Er. Govinda Prasad Kharel, Under Secretary / National Project Manager (SPCR3), Government of Nepal
    Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment | Presentation


A New Model for Scaling up Energy Access

12:00pm – 1:00 pm

Work is being carried out by the UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, the Energy+ Technical Working Group, and Accenture Development Partnerships to assess the market opportunity and define a new model to drive standardization in off-grid electricity and create market efficiencies in an effort to de-risk the market and accelerate scale up.

  • Daniel Riley, Lead Specialist, Renewable Energy Policy, WWF 


Spotlight on the CTF in South Africa

2:30 – 3:30 pm

Learn more about the key findings of a recent study on the impact of CTF financing in accelerating the renewable energy sector in South Africa. 

  • Smita Nakhooda, Research Fellow for Climate and Environment, Overseas Development Institute
  • Chantal Naidoo, Senior Associate, E3G
  • Penny Herbst, Corporate Renewables Specialist, Eskom

Financing Private Sector Investment in Clean Energy with Public and MDB Resources

3:30 – 4:30 pm

This session will focus on the use of donor resources to co-finance energy efficiency and small-scale renewable energy projects, including market needs, risks and barriers, and innovative solutions.

  • Patrick Doyle, Senior Energy and Climate Officer (Private Sector), IDB | Presentation
  • Daniel Magallon, CEO, Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy | Presentation
  • Adonai Herrera-Martinez, Principal Manager, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Andrey Shlyakhtenko, International Finance Corporation | Presentation