Policy Briefs – Inside Stories in Climate Compatible Development

The objective of this project was to transfer knowledge among developing country decision-makers through two policy briefings. These featured examples of policies/programmes that had been devised to promote development while transitioning to a low carbon and climate resilient future. The policy briefings aimed to assist donors, development banks and NGOs by providing a candid view of what works and why. The briefs were in a format that was easy to understand and, most importantly, to engage with and proactively transfer into workable interventions where action and climate compatible development interventions would be most needed.

The case studies were relevant and accessible for an international audience of decision-makers in developing countries (government, private sector and civil society) and subsidiary organisations (including funding organisations, research institutions and NGOs) seeking lessons learnt that could be transferred and replicated to other contexts and regions, and subsequently would lead to programmes or policies that were scaled-up to or beyond the national level.

LTS provided full authorship (including background research and interviews) of one briefing on geothermal energy in Kenya, and co-authorship of one briefing on climate finance governance: lessons from establishing national Implementing Entities in Jamaica and Senegal. We also provided peer review of two further briefing notes in the series.

The published policy brief on climate finance governance can be downloaded here and the brief on harnessing geothermal energy in Kenya here.

Technical Assistance to the ACP Secretariat – Global Climate Change Alliance

The EC’s GCCA helps poor developing countries to increase their capabilities to adapt to the effects of climate change and to have their voice better heard in the international climate change negotiations. The LTS led consortium provides expertise in climate change to the ACP Secretariat to support its implementation of the Intra-ACP GCCA programme.

  • This 5-year €1.2m project has embedded high level climate expertise in the ACP Secretariat in Brussels.
  • The programme has implemented 48 country/regional level interventions across the ACP states.

Countries across Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific have been able to come together to better articulate and present their positions in international climate negotiations.


Climate change is of major concern to the ACP group of states. The joint ACP/EC declaration on climate change was agreed at the May 2009 Joint ACP-EU Council, agreeing assistance to ACP countries in addressing climate change. A Climate Support Facility (CSF) was established to channel GCCA funding support to ACP countries, guided by the ACP Secretariat.  However, the ACP Secretariat itself has insufficient personnel to ensure adequate in-house capability in climate change to supervise the CSF and related climate support to ACP states.


In response, this contract has placed TA within the ACP Secretariat in Brussels, supporting its implementation of the GCCA programme and the CSF.

LTS provides a full-time climate change expert, and administrative and additional technical assistance. The team provides support to the ACP Secretariat and the wider GCCA, including:

  • policy and institutional development and supervision of the CSF.
  • development of a range of programmatic communication and M&E tools.
  • advisory support on national climate strategies and international negotiations, development of a work programme of technical assistance to ACP countries and regions and responding to requests to the ACP Secretariat for technical assistance.

Dr. Pendo Maro, the LTS climate change expert based in the ACP Secretariat, speaks about the services that the Intra-ACP GCCA programme offers here.  Additional information can also be found on the capacity4dev.eu website.

Value and benefits

The LTS team helps to ensure the ACP Secretariat remains well informed about climate issues so that it can support ACP countries and institutions. The TA support ensures that the programme offers demand driven and coordinated support to countries facing pressures to adapt to climate change and to better articulate their positions in international negotiations.