External prospective review of the Geneva Technical Hub (GTH)

The Geneva Technical Hub (GTH), established in April 2021 by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), seeks to enhance UNHCR’s capabilities in various areas, including preparedness, disaster risk reduction, energy & environment, water, sanitation and hygiene, shelter & settlement, site planning, and protection. Integrated within UNHCR’s Division of Resilience and Solutions (DRS) at its headquarters, the SDC’s support to the GTH aims to achieve specific outcomes aligned with greening humanitarian aid. PEMconsult has conducted an evaluation of the GTH by analysing the implementation, collaboration and achievements of the initiative. A crucial aspect of the evaluation was to identify main takeaways and recognise good practices for providing recommendation for the next period spanning from 2024-2027.

Mid-Term Review of the Danish Voluntary Contribution to the International Energy Agency for the Clean Energy Transitions Programme 2021-2025

PEMconsult was contracted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to conduct a mid-term review to evaluate and appraise Denmark’s involvement in the International Energy Agency’s Clean Energy Transitions Programme (CETP) for 2021-2025. In 2021, Denmark contributed DKK 50 million as a Voluntary Contribution to the CETP. These contributions support the continuation of Denmark’s backing for the Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies (E4) Programme within CETP, benefitting partner countries like Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa. Additionally, a part of the contribution is designated for broader CETP initiatives in China, India, and Indonesia. The management of the Danish Voluntary Contribution is a collaborative effort between the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy, and Utilities (MCEU) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). PEM was examining the progress against key indicators and made recommendations for potential adjustments.

Strategic Sector Cooperation on Climate and Meteorology

PEMconsult has provided a background study to supply the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMet) and the Embassy of Denmark in Ghana with information about the intersecting political and operational dynamics linked to climate change and meteorology. The study included an assessment of the current state of climate and weather information services, stakeholder needs, gaps, challenges, and opportunities. The information provided through this study was utilised in the formation of the climate and meteorology Strategic Sector Cooperation (SSC). Additionally, the study offered recommendations for the SSC, with a focus on ensuring value for money, financial viability of GMet services, institutional strengthening, and the enhanced collaboration with DMI, the Embassy of Denmark, and other Danish entities.

Independent evaluation on the climate approach of SECO’s economic cooperation division since 2017

PEMconsult has successfully completed an in-depth evaluation of the Swiss’ State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) climate approach within the realm of economic cooperation. The assessment aimed to document the results achieved through SECO’s climate efforts and provide useful guidance for improving SECO’s approach to climate issues. This evaluation takes a broad view, covering various aspects from the strategic and organizational levels down to individual countries, themes, and specific projects. We further considered SECO’s overarching strategy of integrating climate considerations into economic growth, quantifiable progress, discernible impacts, and the transformative changes attained. Additionally, we’re exploring ways to strengthen our client’s climate initiatives.