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NEW: “Climate Public Private Partnership Monitoring and Evaluation” Contract Award
Last Updated: November 25th, 2014

The overall aim of the CP3 project is to increase the role of private sector finance in driving low carbon, climate resilient growth in developing countries. CP3 aims to increase the amount of funding in Private Equity (PE) in the climate friendly space both by directly funding two commercially run PE Funds (who in turn fund sub funds and projects which would therefore be able to conclude their investments) and thus inducing a leveraging effect, i.e. bringing on board other donors and other institutional investors (sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and insurance funds), as well as by making direct investments in the climate area. This will also have a “demonstration effect”, showing that PE climate investment (and climate projects in general), have good financial risk and return, thereby helping the climate friendly market to grow faster. As such, CP3 will stimulate low carbon sustainable growth in developing countries.

The objective of this assignment is to assess the success of the CP3 programme in driving low-carbon, climate resilient growth in developing countries. We will capture, through on-going monitoring, the results of the programme as set out in the log frame and test the original theory of change model and its underlying assumptions. Several impact dimensions will be assessed, including among others, success in leveraging private investments for climate mitigation and adaptation, human development impacts, as well as transformational impacts such as the creation of financial infrastructure and the development of local capital markets that can help lever additional private investment. Where appropriate, opportunities for improvement will be identified and communicated on an ongoing basis to refocus efforts where necessary and to inform similar projects.

Preparation of the Comprehensive Climate Resilient Green Economy National Capacity Support Programme
Last Updated: October 31st, 2014

The Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has launched a Climate-Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) initiative to pursue low carbon economic development and build resilience within the economy. The CRGE sets the goal of reaching middle-income country status by 2025, with zero net growth in greenhouse gas (GHG) emission and building resilience in the economy. The CRGE Facility has been set up as the Government’s vehicle to mobilize, access and combine domestic and international, public and private sources of finance to support the institutional building and implementation of Ethiopia’s CRGE Strategy. The CRGE Facility Secretariat is the core institution to coordinate the CRGE. The Facility Secretariat is made up of the Technical Team (housed in the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MEF)) and the Finance Team (housed in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MOFED).

The overall objective of the consultancy is to help to design the guiding framework to enable CRGE implementing ministries to identify existing capacity gaps and needs to implement and manage capacity development activities required to operationalise the CRGE.

The LTS team will:

  1. Define the core functions/competencies required to operationalise the CRGE based on the seven capacities of each institutions involved in the CRGE, for the Implementing and Executing Entities;
  2. Build the knowledge of the core CRGE Secretariat team to develop a comprehensive understanding of the process from design to implementation;
  3. Map the capacity efforts implemented against the core functions of CRGE implementation at the enabling, implementing and executing level, including an assessment of current and previous capacity building activities;
  4. Identify provision of tools and methods that can be used to formulate, implement and evaluate capacity building;
  5. Develop guiding framework, which will help CRGE implementing ministries to assess their capacity gaps and needs;
  6. Develop a framework guideline that will define capacity building in the CRGE process as well as clearly describing how implementing entities can apply to acquire funding from the Facility as well as the approval process needed to do so. This guiding framework should span for 5 years 2015-2020.

The LTS team is working closely with Ethiopia GGGI, the CRGE team and Government counterparts to develop competency frameworks, assessment guides, capacity development plans.

Press Conference: LTS’ Evaluation of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative
Last Updated: August 19th, 2014

Early this afternoon, a press conference was held on LTS’ Evaluation of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative. A video of the conference can be viewed below.

New Publication: LTS’ Synthesising Report on Real Time Evaluation of NICFI
Last Updated: August 18th, 2014

The Synthesising Report on LTS’ Real Time Evaluation of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) has now been published. A communication brief for the report can be downloaded here. The full report and annexes can be downloaded here. For further details on the Evaluation, please see here.

New Publication: Institutionalising Adaptation M&E Frameworks: Kenya
Last Updated: August 18th, 2014

LTS and IIED have published a new briefing note, the first publication from the TAMD work in Kenya, on “Institutionalising Adaptation Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks: Kenya”. The briefing note can be downloaded here.

New Policy Brief: What the Future Holds – iCoast Policy Brief
Last Updated: August 15th, 2014

One of the outputs of LTS’ iCoast project is the policy brief “What the Future Holds. Visioning as a tool to develop climate compatible development scenarios: tourism as a case study”.

Summary:

Coastal areas are under increasing pressure from climate change. Half the world’s population lives within 60km of the coast, with the majority in developing countries. Decision makers in these developing countries are expected to balance immediate economic and social needs with long-term strategies for poverty alleviation. They also now face the challenges of making decisions to cope with current and future climate impacts (adaptation) while maintaining a low carbon development pathway (mitigation).

To support policy decisions in Kenya and Sri Lanka, we sought to identify how feasible it would be to incorporate climate compatible development into coastal planning. Here we set out some of the options for achieving an economically beneficial yet secure future in their coastal zones.

This policy brief can now be downloaded here.

New Contract: Development of a theory of change and M&E plan for a market-based resilience building programme in Ethiopia
Last Updated: August 1st, 2014

FARM-Africa’s BRACED programme will test innovative market-based approaches to improve the resilience of economic, ecological and social systems in the Ethiopian lowlands. These approaches will open opportunities for vulnerable pastoral/agro-pastoral households, businesses and communities in rural and peri-urban areas to better manage risk and resources, and successfully transform their livelihoods. BRACED will leverage and engage private investors in addressing climate risks, modelling approaches for environmentally and socially responsible investment. It will promote inclusive financial models and economic opportunities adaptable to climate extremes, and stimulate appropriate diversification of economic activity among the most vulnerable, through public and private-sector partnerships. The project development phase for this project was funded by DFID under its Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED).

LTS International delivered the design of a theory of change and monitoring and evaluation plan for this programme worth over £6m. This includes the creation of composite resilience indicators and panel survey methodology for impact assessment in line with the UK’s International Climate Fund guidance. Institutional assessment tools for evaluating the capacity for climate smart investment and the health of small and medium sized enterprises were also designed as well as innovative remote sensing approaches for measuring the impact of rangeland management activities.

New Contract: NORAD-Conservation Farming Unit
Last Updated: August 1st, 2014

Norad has provided NOK 302m to support the promotion of conservation agriculture through the Conservation Agriculture Programme (CAP II) in Zambia and Conservation Agriculture Regional Programme (CARP) in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda. These two programmes are managed by the Conservation Farming Unit (CFU) of the Zambian National Farmers Union under a contract with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

LTS International will design and deliver the mid-term review and provide recommendations to support decision-making with respect to further Norwegian support to the programmes and to conservation agriculture in general. LTS has provided an overall team leader and national consultants in Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Photo credit: C. Thierfelder/CIMMYT.

New Contract: National REDD+ Strategy Consultation in Liberia
Last Updated: July 31st, 2014

The Development of the National REDD+ Strategy in Liberia is one of the key components of the country’s REDD+ Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP) implementation grant and its overall REDD+ readiness process. This assignment is intended to build on the existing work undertaken under Component 2 (Prepare the REDD-plus Strategy) of the R-PP, more specifically on the assessment of land use, forest law, policy and governance and further developing the ten REDD+ strategy options proposed. Following this task, the LTS team will lead the consultations with REDD+ stakeholders in Liberia to develop a national REDD+ strategy in an inclusive and transparent manner, including a roadmap to implement the strategy.

Through an in-depth consultative approach, the LTS team will:

  • quantitatively analyse different land use options in forested and mixed agricultural lands;
  • propose, assess and prioritise REDD+ strategy options, as well as estimate their expected costs and benefits;
  • analyse the policy, legal and institutional frameworks for REDD+; and
  • prepare a roadmap for the implementation of the strategy.
New Conference: LTS’ Simone Vaccari wins Young Scientist award at 15th International Radar Symposium
Last Updated: June 26th, 2014

LTS’ Simone Vaccari won the Best Poster Presentation Award for the Young Scientist Contest for the paper “A tool for monitoring woody biomass (change) in woodland ecosystems” at the 15th International Radar Symposium 2014.


Simone (5th from left) collecting his award.

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