Lesson Learning from National Climate Compatible Development (CDKN)

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) funded National Climate Compatible Development Planning project – Learning from Experiences in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Rwanda (2013-2016)

Climate compatible development asks policy makers to consider ‘triple win’ strategies that result in low emissions, build resilience and promote development simultaneously.

Working papers

Country reports

Becoming a climate-resilient green economy – Planning for climate compatible development in Ethiopia

Climate compatible development in the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’ – Lessons from Rwanda

Climate Compatible Development: Lessons from Rwanda

Lessons from National Climate Compatible Development Planning in Rwanda

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Climate Compatible Development: Lessons from Mozambique

Climate Compatible Development: Lessons from Mozambique

CDKN Inception workshop

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External news

Opinion piece blog posts

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High fiduciary standards and Rwanda’s access to climate finance

Strong fiduciary standards are key for developing countries to access, absorb and spend climate finance effectively. CIDT associate Debbie Caldwell looks at how Rwanda’s fiduciary management practices help position the country to tap into international climate funds.

Read the full post on the CDNK website.

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The impact of 2014 elections on climate change governance in Mozambique

After the presidential elections in 2014, Mozambique underwent significant changes in government to reduce bureaucracy and government spending. Celso Tamele, a biosystems engineer and consultant, considers the consequences for climate change governance.

Read the full post at the CDKN website.

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Ethiopia’s investment in climate compatible development

Ethiopia’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation was recently accredited to receive funds from both the Green Climate Fund and the Adaptation Fund. Robi Redda, CDKN’s Ethiopia Country Engagement Leader, and Tesfaye Hailu, CDKN’s Ethiopia Programme Manager, reflect on five factors that contributed to Ethiopia’s success.

Read the full post at the CDKN website.

CIDT’s role on this project

CIDT is leading this project to capture, synthesise and share country solutions and best practice emerging from national-level climate change planning in four Africa countries. The project is spread over three current phases, with a further phase in development:

  • Phase 1 included a workshop to kick-start the sharing of experiences, and initiate the national design process.
  • Under phase 2 lessons were identified and triangulated through individually designed country processes. Validation workshops were held in each country to discuss the outcomes and key learning.
  • In Phase 3 five ‘knowledge’ products per country were developed, including nationally-owned country reports, working papers, blogs, PowerPoint presentations and ‘talking heads’ videos from national level climate compatible development planning. Key to this phase was engaging key government stakeholders in the editing and finalisation of materials, particularly the country reports.
  • Phase 4 consists of the South-South Learning Exchange, an intensive 3-day workshop in Rwanda attended by 55 participants from 14 countries in July 2015. After 6 months the team follow up with participants to discover the impact that the event has had on their work.

Key messages around climate compatible development

  • Climate change presents threats and opportunities for development. Climate compatible development seeks to minimise these threats and maximise the opportunities.
  • It is a response to a new development landscape of risks, uncertainties and changing patterns of innovation, production and trade.
  • Policy makers must promote growth and social development whilst building climate resilience, cutting emissions or keeping them low.
  • Unless policy makers integrate mitigation, adaptation and development strategies they will miss efficiency savings and may pursue strategies that solve one problem but aggravate others.

Key recommendations for policy makers

  • Develop national and sub-national governance systems, including legislative, institutional architecture, regulatory and accountability measures, that can take advantage of combining efforts to lower emissions or keep emissions low, build resilience, grow and develop.
  • Integrate measures to build resilience and reduce risk into development and low emissions growth strategies at all scales.
  • Ensure that transitions to resilient low emissions growth have significant benefits for poor people.
  • Acknowledge and plan for the threats and opportunities associated with a new international, climate-related development landscape.