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Contract Award: Evaluation of the Conservation & Sustainable Development Program (CSD)
Last Updated: September 29th, 2015

The purpose of the evaluation is to understand:1) the efficacy of the program’s approach and its outcomes and impact to date; 2) the relevance of the program and its priorities with respect to the problem of global biodiversity loss and the potential for philanthropy to catalyse effective solutions; and 3) the contribution of the program to climate change mitigation and ways to increase its impact.

The evaluation is an opportunity to learn and adjust for the Foundation so that they know how to adjust their strategy and grant making to maximize impact this will be done through:

  • Assessing the efficacy outcomes and impact of the strategic framework to date
  • Assessing the impact of the strategic framework to date and future impacts
  • Assessing the relevance of the strategic framework and identifying course correction to increase future impacts
  • Assessing the contribution of the strategic framework to climate change mitigation and adaptation to increase impact
New Publication: Tracking Adaptation and Measuring Development in Isiolo County, Kenya
Last Updated: September 24th, 2015

LTS staff Irene Karani and John Mayhew, along with IIED consultant Simon Anderson, have published a paper on “Tracking Adaptation and Measuring Development in Isiolo County, Kenya”.

The paper has been published in Volume 2015, Issue 147 of the journal New Directions for Evaluation and the Abstract can be viewed here.

New Publication: An Approach to Monitoring and Evaluation of Institutional Capacity for Adaptation to Climate Change: The Case of the United Kingdom’s Investment in Ethiopia’s Climate-Resilient Green Economy
Last Updated: September 24th, 2015

LTS staff Rebecca Adler, Kirsty Wilson, and Patrick Abbot, along with LTS associate consultant Ursula Blackshaw, have published a paper on “An Approach to Monitoring and Evaluation of Institutional Capacity for Adaptation to Climate Change: The Case of the United Kingdom’s Investment in Ethiopia’s Climate-Resilient Green Economy”.

The paper has been published in Volume 2015, Issue 147 of the journal New Directions for Evaluation and the Abstract can be viewed here.

New Publication: Market Approaches to Resilience
Last Updated: September 21st, 2015

LTS’ work for the DFID funded Farm Africa “M&E Support to a Market-Based Resilience Building Programme” in Ethiopia has produced a new briefing note on Market Approaches to Resilience. The briefing note can be accessed via the project page here.

New Publication: Kenya INDC
Last Updated: July 30th, 2015

In a process supported by Ricardo AEA and LTS International, the Government of Kenya has recently submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Kenya is the fourth African country to submit its INDC after Gabon, Morocco and Ethiopia. The INDC sets out a strategy for the country to reduce emissions by 30% by 2030 against Business as Usual (BAU) levels through implementing both mitigation and adaptation actions within the country.

LTS International provided technical expertise on the inclusion of adaptation into the country’s contribution. The adaptation contribution covers climate change adaptation activities across all of the country’s planning sectors and aims to increase the resilience of these sectors to climate change hazards and extreme events. The INDC places a significant priority on adaptation actions due to the country’s vulnerability.

You can find Kenya’s INDC here.

Contract Award: “Climate Smart Agriculture Programme”
Last Updated: June 4th, 2015

The Climate Smart Agriculture Programme (CSAP) is a three-year programme for East and Southern Africa. Funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), CSAP works with a broad range of organisations to support implementation of the Tripartite’s (COMESA, EAC and SADC’s) Programme on Climate Change. CSAP will develop the evidence base (what works, where and for whom) for a range of low cost Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) technologies, based on Conservation Agriculture (CA), that increase yields, increase resilience to drought, reduce erosion, maintain soil fertility and increase carbon sequestration – the five wins. This will include Conservation Agriculture and agro-forestry, combined, where appropriate, with linked support to integrated pest management, improved water management and drought resilient crop and livestock breeds and practices for which there is significant emerging experience in the region. In countries with significant CA pilot experience there will be a scaling-up process; in countries with less experience there will be a series of pilots to set the foundation for scale-up.

Contract Award: “Supporting the government of Ethiopia with developing a pipeline programme and investment strategy to access funds from the Green Climate Fund”
Last Updated: May 19th, 2015

The Green Climate Fund is expected to be one of a range of funding channels to deliver on the long-term climate finance goal to mobilise US$100 billion per annum in climate finance by 2020 from a range of sources, both public and private. It is assumed that the board will be in a position to approve programme proposals towards the later part of 2015. In line with this timeline, developing countries are developing programme proposals to maximise opportunities that may emerge from the operationalization of the GCF.

This work will support the government of Ethiopia to a) develop a climate investment strategy that aligns with or contributes to meeting the objectives of the government’s Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) and b) to support the Government of Ethiopia with developing a pipeline programme to be submitted to the green climate fund (GCF).

The project is designed to enhance Ethiopia’s prospects to access international sources of finance, in particular the GCF. Developing an investment strategy and a pipeline programme can support the Government of Ethiopia plan its climate change investment according to the key development plans the country is setting, as well as positioning the government of Ethiopia to be one of the first countries considered to receive funds from the GCF.

Contract Award – Kenya’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC)
Last Updated: May 19th, 2015

Ricardo AEA and LTS International are supporting the Government of Kenya in developing the country’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) for tackling climate change, in advance of the UNFCCC negotiations in Paris later this year.

The project, funded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), will involve Ricardo-AEA and LTS International who will work closely with the Government of Kenya to develop the INDC guided by the Constitution of Kenya and national development goals, objectives and priorities as summarised in Vision 2030 and its medium term plans (MTPs). Kenya has been at the forefront of developing a national climate change policy framework through its National Climate Change Response Strategy (NCCRS) and the subsequent National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP).
LTS International will provide technical expertise on how to incorporate adaptation into the INDC using guidelines from various credible sources including the UNFCCC. The LTS project team will provide Kenya’s adaptation contribution into the INDC.

Contract Award: Monitoring and Support to Kosovo Forest Agency
Last Updated: April 9th, 2015

LTS has been awarded a contract to provide forestry expertise to monitor and support Kosovo Forest Agency (KFA) in the implementation of the Public Investment Programme, according to the requirements outlined in the project document, work plan, operational plans, and specific agreement. In performing the tasks, the team is working in close liaison with the Embassy of Sweden in Pristina. For full details please refer to the project page here.

New Publication: Strengthening frameworks to monitor and evaluate climate adaptation in Uganda
Last Updated: April 6th, 2015

A new briefing paper from LTS’ Tracking Adaptation and Measuring Development project has be co-authored by LTS staff member Irene Karani.

Abstract: Uganda’s reliance on natural resources renders its economy extremely vulnerable to climate change. This makes it essential to track progress on adaptation initiatives and ensure the whole country is on a path towards climate resilience. This briefing examines monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks currently used by the government of Uganda and considers how they could be strengthened to provide evidence on climate change adaptation, and to measure the impacts of national and sectoral policies. It presents the findings of detailed research by IIED and the Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance (ACCRA) to develop indicators that could be applied at district level consistently throughout the country, supported by a simple data collection system. These indicators could provide climate-relevant data for M&E frameworks at national and sectoral levels and could also be integrated into local government performance assessment and reporting tools.

For full details please see here.

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