The 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?
A range of short (3-12 months) and longer-term (> 1 year) services are provided, including a rapid response service (4 weeks) for high priority, time-critical assistance. CDKN is able to provide services including:
- Strengthening institutional and policy frameworks to tackle climate change
- Climate change impacts and adaptation information for decision-making
- Adaptation strategy advice and economic analysis
- Implications of carbon markets and greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations
- Scaling up low carbon energy and technology solutions
- Developing forestry, biodiversity and land-use strategies and programmes
- Accessing and leveraging climate financing
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. 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.
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.
How to we prioritise and select projects?
Decisions to fund Technical Assistance projects are made jointly between the Head of Technical Assistance and the relevant Regional Director. We have four sequential levels of project selection criteria shown here. Level 4 filters projects according to annual priority themes that have been developed in response to requests for assistance received to date. Current priority themes for 2011-12 are as follows (although please note there are regional variations):
- Developing climate compatible development strategies and plans, at national, sub-national, regional and sectoral levels
- Distilling climate impact data into vulnerability assessments to aid decision-making
- Developing approaches to enable best use of and absorptive capacity for climate finance
- Supporting emerging policy areas, such as on land use and water scarcity
- Considering the role of the private sector
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.
If you would like to be a potential future service provider, please register on our CDKN Roster of Experts in order to receive news of CDKN procurement processes seeking your areas of expertise.
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.
What are our latest projects?
- Monitoring impacts of urban and peri-urban agriculture and forestry on climate change adaptation and mitigation
- Forecast-based humanitarian decisions: designing tools and processes to link knowledge with action
- Agriculture in climate change negotiations
- Fostering low-carbon technology innovation and transfer: An in-depth study
- Improving the capacity of journalists to cover climate issues: Climate Change Media Partnership
- Envisioning the mainstreaming of climate change mitigation and adaptation in Lake Victoria Local Authorities development planning
- Strengthening water security and climate resilience in Africa
- Offsetting carbon for Zambia’s smallholder farmers
- Rwanda: National Climate and Environment Fund (FONERWA)
- Building climate resilience in Ghana’s growing coastal cities
- Research for better policies to support women’s adaptation to climate change in India
- Work Programme for LDCs on Loss and Damage
- REDD+: Dialogue with governments and civil society organisations in Asia and the Pacific
- Land use policy optimisation in Vietnam
- Strengthening the Nepal Food Security Monitoring System for informed climate change plans and programmes
Latin America and the Caribbean
- Resilient Cities Action Lab: Creating partnerships for climate risk preparedness in Latin America
- Forest Finance Lab: An innovative public/private finance mechanism framework for forests, farmers, communities and climate in the South West Amazon
- Anguilla Renewable Energy Integration
- Promoting climate change adaptation policies in north-eastern Brazil
- El Salvador National Climate Change Strategy
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