The Screening and Evaluation Tool (SET) is a set of metrics of an investment program to support low-carbon and climate-resilient development projects in the Philippines, which are supported by the Green Climate Fund (GCF). It aims to mainstream climate in the decision-making of government and private sector toward the financing and implementation of the country’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) through GCF resources.
The SET will be used by the NDA in the review of concept notes and funding proposals for submission to the GCF. This is part of the NDA’s No Objection Procedure and will ensure that project proposals to the GCF are aligned with the country’s priority climate change-related targets and with the GCF investment criteria, which are:
Country Ownership. This parameter looks at the extent to which the project/program will contribute to the country’s NDCs. It covers the project or program’s contribution to the country’s priorities for low emission and climate resilient development; appropriateness of the accredited entity and executing entity to deliver project/programme targets; extent and activities of local stakeholder participation; and extent of integration of gender, indigenous peoples and environmental and social safeguards in the project/programme’s objectives, strategies and activities.
Paradigm Shift Potential. This examines the project/program’s capacity to catalyse impacts from project/program implementation. It zeroes in on the details of the project design that will facilitate innovation in planning, spending, investing, and policy framework shift. For mitigation projects, the paradigm shift potential can be demonstrated through the projects’ potential to be replicated and scaled up, as well as their contribution to global low-carbon development pathways. On the other hand, adaptation projects are evaluated based on their knowledge and learning potential, enabling environment potential, and contribution to climate-resilient development pathways consistent with existing national frameworks.
Impact Potential. This parameter takes into account the project/program’s contribution to GCF’s strategic impact objectives, which are:
Reduced carbon emissions in the following impact areas:
Energy generation and access
Forest and land use
Urban households and industries
Increased resilience of:
Health, food, and water security
Livelihoods of people and communities
Ecosystems and ecosystem services
Infrastructure and constructed environment
Sustainable Development Potential. This assesses the project/program’s environmental, social, and economic co-benefits. Examples of possible co-benefits of a sustainably developed project/program are improved biodiversity (environmental co-benefit); improved access to education, skills and training (social co-benefit); creation of green jobs (economic co-benefit); and the extent to which the needs of men and women on prevailing inequalities in climate vulnerability and risks are addressed, or the gender-responsive development impact.
Responsiveness to Recipient’s Needs. This parameter considers the project/program’s capacity to address the vulnerability and financing needs of the beneficiary country and population. It examines the strategies and impacts of the project/program that seeks to address the scale and intensity of exposure of people and economic assets to climate change risks. It evaluates the vulnerability of beneficiary groups, including women and children, indigenous peoples, elderly, Persons With Disability (PWDs), and displaced persons, among others. Central to this parameter is the accessibility of alternative sources of financing for the proposed project/program.
Efficiency and Effectiveness measures the project/program’s economic and financial soundness. Specifically, this parameter assesses the project/program’s cost-effectiveness, financial structure adequacy, appropriateness of the concessionality, amount of co-financing catalysed, resources leveraged, financial viability, and use of innovative technology and practices.
GCF Pre-screening Checklist and Screening and Evaluation Tool (SET)