Strengthening national and subnational capacities to promote climate-resilient low-carbon development at subnational level in Africa and Southeast Asia: Learning through exchange and networking

This project seeks to promote diffusion of successful local climate policies and good practice across local, regional and international learning networks. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety as part of its International Climate Initiative (IKI) - mitigating greenhouse gas emissions area. ILEG is the implementing partner in Kenya under the global consortium led by Adelphi Germany GmbH. Other partners are the UN Habitat Regional office for Asia and the pacific in the Philippines and Vietnam; Sustainable Energy Africa and ONE World Sustainable Investments in South Africa. In Kenya, the project is implemented in Kwale County. The project focuses on subnational authorities since they are crucial in the implementation of the national climate policy. They have strong potential to contribute to achieving national and global mitigation goals. In this case therefore, diffusion of successful local climate policies and good practice across local, regional and international learning networks can contribute significantly to global climate goals. The project has 4 main components: (1) support multi-level dialogues, (2) strengthen the exchange of good practices between sub-national actors, (3) support the development of capacities of local government planners through a series of trainings, (4) research the multi-level governance of climate action, focusing on the urban transformation agenda and change processes.

The main expected outputs are:
1.    Strengthened capacities for national and subnational government representatives’ local climate action planning and coordinating through dialogue events.
2.    Develop a climate mainstreaming guide to enable subnational government representatives to integrate national low- carbon development goals and priorities into key development plans.
3.    Strengthened key capacities of subnational government representatives to plan for and implement subnational climate-resilient low-carbon development policy.
4.    Creation of an informal regional network of national and subnational government representatives responsible for local climate-resilient low carbon development policy.
5.    The project results and experiences are documented and analysed in five accompanying studies and three scientific articles and made available to a broad public and scientific audience.
These outputs will be achieved through a series of activities including: vertical dialogue events to strengthen policy coordination between national and county governments; development of a climate change mainstreaming guide; organizing training seminars for government representatives in subnational administrations; organizing a study tour to South Africa by Kenyan government representatives for a moderated learning exchange; regional good practice exchange conferences; country studies and cross-country analysis; scientific articles.