Benchmark visit of the national environment fund of Botswana (NEF) 10 – 12 February 2020

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The National Environment Fund of Botswana (NEF) undertook a benchmark study of the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia in order to attain suitable benchmarks for its National Environment Fund (NEF). The purpose of visiting Namibia was to meet with the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF) and to learn from the institutional set-up in place that enables it to deliver on the same objectives as the National Environment Fund of Botswana (NEF).

The planned sessions provided a platform for the two institutions to network and engage on the opportunities and challenges pertaining to their respective institutional set-ups with a view towards documenting best practices and lessons-learnt.

The benchmark visit ended with recommendations of an MOU to be signed between EIF and NEF in the following area:

Assistance by EIF to NEF with regards to GCF accreditation and its process to acquire funding

Re-organizing of NEF with assistance of EIF in terms of structural and governance and operational frameworks and financial frameworks.

Training of the NEF secretariat by EIF

Regional Projects collaboration ( Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area) (KAZA TFCA)

Management and grants awarding in the respective projects

Connecting NEF with partners and stakeholders in Climate Change Frontier in the region so that they can be capacitated.

South South Northern Cooperation of importance to NEF.