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No-Objection Procedure

The NDA will recommend funding proposals from Implementing Entities (IEs)/Accredited Entities (AEs) to the GCF Board in the context of national climate strategies plans and through a rigorous country coordination and multi-stakeholder engagement process. The funding proposals also need to be aligned with GCF process (financial and investment criteria, and Environmental and Social Safeguards (ESS) including gender policy) and at the same time be consistent with national processes (relevant national laws, national climate change strategies and plans, and gender plans).

After rigorous consultation with the ERD, the Planning Commission and key ministries, the following no-objection procedure, designed to align GCF requirements with the GoB’s project proposal appraisal, approval and implementation system, will be followed (Figure -1). Under this procedure, executive entities or agencies will act as the interface between the two systems, creating an entry and exit point to the GCF system.

1. Appraisal criteria for proposal

  • Is the proposal in compliance with Bangladeshi environmental laws, standards and regulations?
  • Is the proposal in coherence and alignment with i) national priorities for development, and ii) climate change mitigation and adaptation?
    • Is the proposal coherent and aligned with the BCCSAP, NDC & Five Year Plan?
    • Does the proposal address a demonstrated priority need or has it been identified by the government as a priority investment?
    • Do the proposal objectives support the realisation of the objectives of the Seventh Five Year Plan and NSDS?
    • Does the proposal duplicate an activity already funded or are there alternative sources of funding readily available?
    • Do the potential benefits of the project for society at large outweigh any potential negative impacts?
  • Has an adequate stakeholder engagement process been undertaken?
    • Was the stakeholder engagement process inclusive and representative of the diversity of opinions?
    • Was the feedback received adequately addressed?

2. Documents to be submitted

Each Multilateral Implementing Entity (MIE)/National Implementing Entity (NIE) submits a letter of request, full proposal and supporting documents, via the NDA Secretariat server.

3. ERD-NDA Secretariat website and server system

  • Representatives from the public and private sectors, and CSO partners are invited to join the NDA Secretariat server system (which preferably should be embedded within the ERD website).
  • Interested parties register online.NDA appraisal team reviews each application; upon approval by NDA management team, representatives of the applicant are issued with username and password.
  • Registered users use the server to communicate with NDA Secretariat, to submit requests for no objection and NIE nomination letters, and for support.
  • Upon request, selected members of the Advisory Committee can also submit comments on the server, as detailed below.

4. Advisory Committee and respective ToRs

  • Representatives from the public sector (e.g. shadow PEC from PC, Finance Division, MoEF, IMED, auditor), private sector (banks, investors, entrepreneurs) and CSO partners are invited to serve as sector experts on the Advisory Committee.
  • Upon approval by NDA Secretariat management, members are issued with a username and password to enable them to access the server facility.
  • Rather than having to be present in meetings, experts are invited to provide their comments (on GCF proposals and IE nominations) online.
  • The ToR for AC members is:
    • The Advisory Committee will meet at least once a year to review progress and areas for improvement.
    • Members must submit comments within the time stipulated.
    • Names of members will appear on the NDA website.
    • Members will serve for a fixed term; this can be renewed upon request in writing to the NDA Secretariat.
    • The NDA may call for a meeting in-person for the Advisory Committee to discuss specific proposals as required.
    • If an expert from the Advisory Committee has a prior engagement during the proposal review period, other available experts from the database may be contacted.
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