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NAMA Facility: 10 years in climate finance

This video was made to celebrate the NAMA Facility’s 10th anniversary and includes interviews from Friends of the NAMA Facility, including current and former Board members, colleagues of the Technical Support Unit and project managers. We want to thank all Friends of the NAMA Facility shown in this video for the effort invested in providing their valuable input to help shape this short retrospective, titled ‘A look at the past decade and the NAMA Facility’s role in climate finance’.

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The video starts displaying its title, “A look at the past decade and the NAMA Facility’s role in climate finance”. NAMA Facility’s logo is shown along with the Donors logos.

Question: What is a memorable moment you had while working at/with the NAMA Facility that will stick with you?

Vera Scholz – Former GIZ representative as the NAMA Facility Grant Agent: I remember how it all started and that was at the COP in Durban a long time ago where we discussed about this kind of NAMA – nationally appropriate mitigation action.

Ash Sharma – Former TSU staff: Power of partnerships. And we had some great partnerships with delivery partners and with Donors and I feel that we really achieved a lot together.

Victoria Bittner – Former BMWK (Germany) Board representative: While working with the NAMA Facility, I experienced how fulfilling it is to collaborate with people of the same mindset and that all of us are driven by the common goal to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees.

Lamin Jammeh – Manager – The Gambia Grid-Connected Solar NAMA Support Project: The onsite assessment. This introduced me to the energy sector, which was a new experience beyond, you know, my normal job description. What differentiated it from other financial mechanisms or donors is that they don’t only ask you to submit a Proposal during their Call, but they support you throughout the whole process.

Dr. Philipp Behrens – BMWK (Germany) Board representative: The Board meetings. The time when we could meet in person, and we were sitting there discussing really great ideas seriously but also having a lot of fun while doing that.

Question: Tell us about one of your favourite “firsts” at the NAMA Facility.

Leo Pagnac – Manager – Cabo Verde Electric Vehicles NAMA Support Project: Definitely the get-together that we had in Tunisia because it’s true that since we are so spread around the world, that it was really good to see what other colleagues were doing. It is good to confront yourself with people that work in Mongolia or Indonesia, which are completely different realities in terms of scope and scale.

Sigrun Meyer – Former BMWK (Germany) Board representative: It was when we introduced the feedback calls to the submitters because that gave submitters an opportunity to look at where there were still some elements missing in the business case, whether some risk they hadn’t envisioned, or it was something with the financial instrument that needed to be fixed.

David Bartocha – Manager – Mexico SME Energy Efficiency NAMA Support Project: We went on a mission to Tunisia to accompany the NAMA Facility division from headquarters that I suddenly realized what potential the NAMA Facility actually has combining technical cooperation and financial cooperation.

Question: Where do you see the NAMA Facility going in the next 10 years?

Jorge Atala – Executive coordinator – Mexico SME Energy Efficiency NAMA Support Project: I believe it is going to grow. I mean, the portfolio I do believe, is going to be even bigger than is right now, and I think is going to become more and more relevant in the next years.

Waqas Batley – Former BEIS (UK) Board representative: A stronger focus on innovation. I think that’s the right direction, so I just see it growing and keep evolving and really delivering quality.

Describe the NAMA Facility in one word.

Victoria Bittner – Former BMWK (Germany) Board representative: Innovative

Lamin Jammeh – Manager – The Gambia Grid-Connected Solar NAMA Support Project: Transcendent

Waqas Batley – Former BEIS (UK) Board representative: Amazing

Sigrun Meyer – Former BMWK (Germany) Board representative: Progressive

Ash Sharma – Former TSU staff: Transformative

Text: In November 2022, the NAMA Facility announced its name change to Mitigation Action Facility, a continuation of its legacy, along with a focus on priority sectors from 2023 onwards. Stay tuned for more!”

The video ends.

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