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Subnational climate compatible development: Learning from CDKN’s experience


Project Reference: AAGL-0030a

CDKN’s projects to support climate compatible development span from the sub-continental to the city or local level. As CDKN enters its fourth year, we are embarking on a range of initiatives to share learning from our programme to date. One of these is a major initiative to capture and synthesise lessons learned from our work at the sub-national level in developing countries. Reflecting our portfolio to date, the focus will be on our projects to mainstream climate adaptation and/or mitigation action into sub-national governmental policies and programmes in cities, states and provinces.

As CDKN receives funding from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, it is keen to exercise a robust system for monitoring and evaluation, including fully independent impact assessment, in order to hold CDKN’s delivery bodies accountable to donors and ultimately, to taxpayers.

Furthermore, beyond what is required by law and expected standards of good governance, there is the opportunity to disseminate important learning from CDKN’s programme more proactively and therefore more strategically. In this way, CDKN’s learning can inform other bilateral and international agencies looking to programme climate funds, and developing country policy makers who are struggling to progress climate adaptation and resilience, low carbon development and inclusive growth simultaneously.

Key objectives of the project are:

  • capture and disseminate key lessons from CDKN’s experience on the success factors and preconditions, drivers and barriers to subnational climate compatible development (CCD)
  • develop a supportive community of practice among researchers, development consultants and local decision-makers who are designing and delivering CCD at the subnational level

Update

Within the framework of this project, CDKN and ICLEI joined forces and organised a workshop held in Bonn on 3-4 June 2013 to  reflect on the drivers, barriers, enabling factors and innovative solutions that lead to climate compatible development at city and sub-national level. During this two-day workshop 10 CDKN projects were presented, in order to test key learning questions and reflections about what is specific to climate compatible development at the sub-national level.

Recent update

A second workshop was hosted by CDKN and ICLEI at Resilient Cities 2014 for selected participants to present their learnings of implementing climate compatible development at the local level. The event saw the launch of the joint paper Close to home: Subnational strategies for climate compatible development which explores a number of successful strategies of climate resilience and low carbon development that communities and leaders have pursued at the subnational level.

The following projects are participating in the learning programme:

The following Inside Stories have been published as a result of the above projects and provide practical knowledge sharing for local government officials and their advisors (eg, researchers and NGOs) in developing countries, as well as sharing lessons in a wider global community of practice.

Project Manager: Mairi Dupar

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