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How we work with developing countries

CDKN’s Technical Assistance service provides tailored and demand-driven support to developing country decision-makers in the design and delivery of climate compatible development policies and practices, and acts as a catalyst to maximise the impact of increasing flows of donor climate and development funding.

Working with the Partnerships and Knowledge Management service areas, we also seek to play a brokering and coordinating role with other donor programmes.  We are able to both lead end-to-end policy processes and pick up specific activities within an existing framework.

What services are provided?

We are able to offer a  range of short (3-12 months) and longer-term (> 1 year) services in response to demand from developing countries and which also fit with CDKN’s four strategic themes. CDKN’s current core service areas for technical assistance are:

  • Building the scientific and economic evidence for climate compatible development, including low carbon energy analysis, vulnerability assessments and economic impact assessments
  • Developing low carbon, climate resilient development pathways, scenarios, strategies and plans
  • Strengthening institutional capacity, governance and decision-making processes for climate compatible development
  • Strengthening  policy, legislative and market-based frameworks for climate compatible development
  • Supporting multi-sectoral stakeholder participation processes for climate compatible development policy and implementation
  • Accessing and leveraging climate finance, including national climate finance and risk transfer mechanisms
  • Piloting and scaling up innovative climate compatible development solutions, including on low carbon energy and payment by results

CDKN offers these services at regional, national, sub-national and city levels, with a particular sectoral focus on water, energy and agriculture as three areas that are critical for implementation.

Who are the services for?

We operate in Latin America & the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. Our priority clients are developing country governments in these regions, plus regional and sub-national governments.

Increasingly, as we build deeper relationships in countries, our priority clients are broadening out from initial entry points in national government to a number of other line ministries, other institutions and communities.  Other stakeholders such as UN agencies and developing country actors (multilateral institutions, NGOs, climate change organisations/initiatives, etc.) can access some services. Some BASIC and middle income countries in these regions may be eligible for support where the demand is innovative, highly replicable elsewhere and/or fosters south-south learning.

For 2013-14 CDKN is focusing technical assistance support in 13 priority deep engagement countries.  These are currently : – Bangladesh, Caribbean region, Colombia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Rwanda, Uganda.  CDKN also provides some regional and country level in a number of other areas.  Please see CDKN’s regional and country pages for more information about our current strategy and projects.

How do we identify demand?

All CDKN Technical Assistance services are demand-led.  This means that we operate in response to requests for assistance from eligible service recipients.  Requests can reach us by several means; direct as a letter requesting assistance or through dialogue with CDKN staff; or indirect through signposting and coordination with other organisations, programmes or initiatives, with whom we are always happy to explore opportunities for collaboration and co-financing.  Once requests are received, we look for evidence of buy-in from relevant senior politicians or decision-makers, and play a “critical friend” role to shape the request for assistance into a robust terms of reference that meets the service recipient’s objectives, are based on global best practice and CDKN’s experience to date, and which will also contribute to CDKN’s overall theory of change.

How to we prioritise and select our technical assistance work?

CDKN receives more requests for assistance than it is able to fund, and needs to demonstrate value for money and impact. Decisions to fund Technical Assistance projects are made jointly between the Head of Country Support and the relevant Regional Director. We have three sequential levels of technical assistance selection criteria shows here.

How do we deliver projects?

Technical Assistance projects are mostly delivered by external service providers.  CDKN runs procurement processes to appoint the best available service providers, with a focus on value for money.  Where possible, we seek to deliver through local or regional service providers in the south, or by partnerships with local stakeholders, to ensure local capacity building.

For further details of what it means to work with CDKN as a service provider or service recipient, please see how to work with us.

Project selection criteria

CDKN is committed to funding priority climate and development projects in developing countries and delivering maximum value for money.  To ensure this, we use project selection criteria to evaluate all requests we receive for CDKN technical assistance.

We use a three-tiered approach to project selection. The set of criteria are published  here although please note these may be subject to change:  CDKN Technical Assistance Selection Criteria 11-12.

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