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OPPORTUNITY: Call for expressions of interest – State of the art public policies collaboration in action workshop

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) aims to help decision-makers in developing countries design and deliver climate compatible development. CDKN does this by providing demand-led research and technical assistance, and channeling the best available knowledge on climate change and development to support policy processes at the country level.

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In 2011, CDKN Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) developed a strategy to support its regional partner, the Latin American Platform on Climate (LAPC), to improve the capacity of its members. The goal of this strategy is to strengthen the LAPC’s voice and capacity for advocacy to improve the quality of public policies and strategies on climate change and development in Latin America and narrow the gap between research and public policy to generate effective, sustainable and high-impact actions.

The main purpose of the LAPC is to contribute to coordinating Latin American efforts to cope with the challenges of climate change. The LAPC consists of 17 organizations from civil society, NGOs, academia and private sector from 9 countries in Latin America (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, and Peru).

The public debate on climate change in LAC is still relatively new. Although there is a considerable production of information on the topic and media coverage is increasing, public access to information is still poor. In 2010 at the COP16, the LAPC launched the Intercambio Climático blog as the main source of information and knowledge on climate change and development in LAC. It is the first multilingual site in the region that contains publications in Spanish, English, and Portuguese. The blog aims to act as a bridge between civil society and decision-makers by providing a constructive platform for dialogue and also general information for the interested public. Today, the blog has already exceeded its goal of over 30.000 unique visitors.

This Expression of Interest (EOI) process seeks to support public policy makers in Latin America with information about the key elements that should be considered when designing and implementing public policies on climate compatible development. It aims to strengthen the capacity of civil society and to improve the quality of public policies and strategies on climate change and development in the region. It will also create new partnerships and strengthen existing ones on climate compatible development and the formation of public policies.

CDKN will develop a policy brief based on the analysis from the 10 countries in LAC carried out by LAPC included in the regional report, and the results of a 2-day workshop [also to be designed and delivered by the appointed supplier as part of this project] to be held in October 2012 with the participation of key actors in the region in Lima, Peru.  At the workshop the participants will receive insights on the regional report and make recommendations to enrich the report and to define the parameters and challenges for inclusion in the policy brief. The policy brief must contain the key recommendations that should be considered when designing and implementing public policies on climate compatible development to be distributed widely among decision-makers and civil society in general working on this theme. The policy brief will be published after the workshop.

CDKN are looking to procure:

Workshop and policy brief components:

The workshop component should be interactive and action focused and should use appropriate facilitation methodologies to support the real time knowledge exchange and capacity building processes. Examples of possible facilitation methods include: open space technology, U process, action research approach, appreciative enquiry approach and world cafe etc. The workshop will be facilitated in Spanish and held in Lima, Peru in early October 2012.  The policy brief component should result in a high quality, tailored policy brief in line with the stated requirements in the bidding documentation.

Suggested requirements:

Experience in designing and delivering interactive workshops

Experience in writing policy briefs

Ability to deliver the workshop in Spanish in Lima, Peru

Instructions for interested parties:

In order to receive the full terms of reference for the role and the expression of interest template please send an email to

The email should include the following information:

  • Subject line: ‘EOI: State of the Art Public Policies Collaboration in Action Workshop’
  • Organisation/company name.
  • A contact name(s), email address and telephone number for the most appropriate person(s) to send further information to regarding application.

The deadline for submitting the completed Selection Document is 17 August 2012. Applicants should be informed on whether they have been shortlisted for the next round in the week commencing 20th August.

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