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IHA launches the second call for proposals of the HESG Assessment Fund

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The SECO Infrastructure Division is pleased to make the following announcement: IHA launches the second call for proposals of the HESG Assessment Fund.

Last year, the International Hydropower Association (IHA), with support from SECO, has launched a new fund to co-finance assessments with its Hydropower Environmental Social and Governance (HESG) gap analysis tool for hydropower projects. The HESG tool has been developed to allow project developers to assess their projects against common good practice on hydropower sustainability with, among other, the objective to eventually qualify them for climate/green bond financing.

Managed by IHA’s sustainability division, the fund is endowed with CHF 1 million from SECO to co-finance at least 40 HESG assessments over four years (2020-2023).

A first call was launched in February 2020 and led to six assessments, including one for the Stortemelk project in South Africa, a 4.3 MW run-of-river plant developed by a subsidiary of Renewable Energy Holdings (REH). It achieved global good practice rating across 10 environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance criteria in the independent assessment and allowed to publish its results: see Stortemelk — Hydropower Sustainability Tools (hydrosustainability.org)

The first call was limited to SECO priority countries.

The second call for proposals involves CHF 350’000 and is open to SECO and SDC priority countries.

It was launched on 12 February 2021 and is open for proposals until 12 May 2021.

For details and to submit proposals, please follow the link: IHA sustainability assessment fund expands to more countries (hydropower.org)

Swiss support for green and resilient economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis

We are moving quickly - Switzerland (SECO) is financially supporting the Covid-19 Technical Assistance Response Initiative for green and resilient economic recovery of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF).

The initiative is inviting countries to apply for expert support and funding to structure Covid-19 recovery packages, notably addressing infrastructure investments, in a way that these are leading to a greener, more resilient and more sustainable recovery than back to business-as-usual.

This call-for-proposals represents a rapid response to the unprecedented challenge countries face in responding to the social, economic and health crises from COVID-19. More details on the CIF website

The deadline for submission of proposals is April 5th 2021.

IHA launches HESG Assessment Fund and first call for proposals

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) launches a new fund to co-finances assessments with its Hydropower Environmental Social and Governance (HESG) gap analysis tool for hydropower projects in priority countries for the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs - SECO.

The HESG tool has been developed to allow project developers to assess their projects against common good practice on hydropower sustainability with the objective to eventually qualify them for climate/green bond financing.

Managed by IHA’s sustainability division, the fund is endowed with CHF 1 million to co-finance at least 40 HESG assessments over the next four years.

The call for proposals for the first tranche of CHF 250,000 for 2020 is open until the 1st June 2020. The deadline has been extended as a response to the general disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Details and how to submit proposals

Call for proposal: Transform

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC is looking for promising research and innovation initiatives for sustainable development.

SDC’s Analysis and Policy Division has just launched TRANSFORM, a new instrument to promote applied, need-based research conducted by consortia of researchers from Switzerland and from the Global South and East and implementation partners from other sectors (government, civil society, private sector).

Deadline for submitting questions is 13 March; deadline for pre-proposals is 5 April 2020.

The Call Document is available online on SDC’s Research Promotion website

More information

For more information, please visit SIMAP, the Swiss public procurement platform simap.ch.