Project : Choosing the best tools for climate compatible development planning

Project : Choosing the best tools for climate compatible development planning

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Status: Completed
Tags: carbon emissions, clean technology, planning, private sector

Ecofys and IDS have recently completed a CDKN-supported study to help decision-makers assess tools for climate compatible development. The study came about in response to demand from practitioners and government officials in developing countries. It provides a comparative analysis of the range of donor, private sector, NGO and country-led methodologies for climate compatible development planning.

The final report, and an interactive users' guide that helps developing country decision-makers figure out the best tools for them, is now available for free on

Many climate compatible planning methodologies have been developed and are in use across the world. But as yet, there is no comprehensive way for decision-makers to tell which methodologies may be most appropriate to their interests and local circumstances.

Some methodologies respond specifically to mitigation, adaptation or development, while others attempt to combine these approaches. But it is unlikely that a single methodology or tool can provide a planning solution appropriate for application in all developing country contexts.  This study aimed to close the information gap and enable decision-makers in developing countries to select the most suitable tools and methodologies for their needs.

If you're based in a developing country and have difficulty accessing, you may request a free CD-ROM version of the guide and analytical report. Contact CDKN at to request your copy. Developing country planners with very poor or intermittent computer access may request print-outs of the report and guide.

The project was guided by a Steering Group of experts from a range of climate and development initiatives. The project was delivered with support from organisations in the Co-ordinated Low Emissions Assistance Network (CLEAN). This network aims to improve communication and coordination of national and international organisations that are assisting developing countries with preparation and implementation of comprehensive low emission development plans and strategies. Find out more about CLEAN here.

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