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1 Climate and Development Knowledge Network | 1 CDKN Technical Assistance selection criteria - overview CDKN Year 4 April 2013

2 Climate and Development Knowledge Network | 2 Overview Technical Assistance to developing countries is demand-led, based on responses to requests for assistance. However, with more demand than we can fund, and a need to ensure that our collective interventions support our overall theory of change, we have introduced some guiding selection criteria. There is no formal scoring mechanism but the following criteria are the basis for prioritisation and decision within CDKN, subject to available funding. Level 1: Basic fit with CDKN’s niche Level 2: Fit with CDKN’s outcomes and theory of change Level 3: Fit with “advanced” TA criteria NB: These are criteria from which we decide to whether or not to respond to a request for technical assistance or project opportunity. The project then goes out to tender, with more detailed and specific evaluation criteria reflecting the project objectives, and a core focus on value for money.

3 Climate and Development Knowledge Network | 3 The opportunity must be: For an eligible / priority country or region within Africa, Asia or Latin America and the Caribbean (CDKN works in developing countries with a particular focus on low income and lower-middle income countries. Current “deep engagement” countries include: Bangladesh, Caribbean region, Colombia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Rwanda, Uganda. We also work in a number of other countries and at regional and inter-regional levels) At the interface between evidence and policy-making At the interface between climate change and development Demand-led and for an eligible developing country institution or decision- makers (e.g. national or sub-national governments, regional institutions, other civil society, community or private sector decision-makers or networks that are close to the policy implementation process) Of a reasonable size and scope given our available budget and likely to be value for money Level 1: Basic criteria

4 Climate and Development Knowledge Network | 4 CDKN’s Theory of Change: The opportunity should lead to changes in one or more of these dimensions of change: CDKN has a theory of change and 4 strategic outcomes. Opportunities must align with this as follows in some way: Level 2: Fit with CDKN’s outcomes and theory of change CDKN’s 4 strategic outcomes: The opportunity must contribute to one or more of these outcomes: Developing and implementing climate compatible development strategies and plans Improving developing countries’ access to climate finance Strengthening resilience through climate-related disaster risk management Supporting climate negotiators from the least developed and most vulnerable countries

5 Climate and Development Knowledge Network | 5 The following may be useful in testing whether an opportunity fits at Level 2: Level 2: Fit with CDKN’s outcomes and theory of change #continued CDKN technical assistance work tends to address one or more of these intervention areas: 1. Defining the VISION and FRAMEWORK 2. Developing the underlying EVIDENCE BASE 3. DESIGNING STRATEGIES for climate compatible development 4. Addressing INSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS 5. Developing an INVESTMENT PLAN and FINANCING OPTIONS 6. IMPLEMENTING and MONITORING 7. Supporting INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENT Current core technical assistance areas include: Building the scientific and economic evidence for climate compatible development, including low carbon energy analysis, vulnerability assessments and economic impact assessments Developing low carbon, climate resilient development pathways, scenarios, strategies and plans Strengthening institutional capacity, governance and decision-making processes for climate compatible development Strengthening policy, legislative and market-based frameworks for climate compatible development Supporting multi-sectoral stakeholder participation processes for climate compatible development policy and implementation Accessing and leveraging climate finance, including national climate finance and risk transfer mechanisms Piloting and scaling up innovative climate compatible development solutions, including on low carbon energy and payment by results

6 Climate and Development Knowledge Network | 6 Level 3: “Advanced” TA criteria #1 Demand-driven: To progress: We need a clear request from government or other organisation We need to be sure the project would not otherwise be implemented We can help articulate and scope the request and detailed terms of reference Where the opportunity is in a “deep engagement” country, it should contribute to CDKN’s country level theory of change Strategic alignment: We prefer opportunities that: Integrate climate change into development strategy processes Enhance local knowledge base to inform policymaking Combine with wider CDKN support (e.g. knowledge management and research) Leave a legacy of increased capacity and can influence broader public policy debate in country Degree of buy-in and capacity-building: We prefer opportunities that: Involve stakeholder-rich processes that build capacity and buy-in Are owned and delivered in the appropriate geographical, cultural and political context Build on existing efforts & best practice Prioritise capacity-building in institutions or agents that have the greatest ability to influence policy Commitment to knowledge sharing: We prefer opportunities that: Improve access to reliable CCD knowledge Share lessons and successes wider than in just any single country or region Broker information exchange at all levels, between all stakeholders

7 Climate and Development Knowledge Network | 7 Level 3: “Advanced” TA criteria #2 Innovation: We prefer opportunities that: Develop or test a new methodology or new approach that can contribute to global knowledge on the issue Pilots an approach to implementation that has potential for programmatic scale-up Refines, improves or scales up a new idea from elsewhere Co-funding and leveraging: We welcome opportunities to: Co-fund or match fund with other development partners or institutions Use CDKN’s funding to leverage additional funding or investment from the public or private sector at a much larger scale Sectoral focus: We prefer opportunites that: Focus on CDKN’s priority sectors of water, agriculture and food security, energy and cities – all of which are critical for CCD implementation Address gender and other equity issues that are critical for CCD Reach out beyond governments to work with the private sector and civil society to help build momentum for change

8 Climate and Development Knowledge Network | 8 This document is an output from a project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) for the benefit of developing countries. However, the views expressed and information contained in it are not necessarily those of or endorsed by DFID, which can accept no responsibility for such views or information or for any reliance placed on them. This publication has been prepared for general guidance on matters of interest only, and does not constitute professional advice. You should not act upon the information contained in this publication without obtaining specific professional advice. No representation or warranty (express or implied) is given as to the accuracy or completeness of the information contained in this publication, and, to the extent permitted by law, the Climate and Development Knowledge Network’s members, the UK Department for International Development (‘DFID’), their advisors and the authors and distributors of this publication do not accept or assume any liability, responsibility or duty of care for any consequences of you or anyone else acting, or refraining to act, in reliance on the information contained in this publication or for any decision based on it. Copyright © 2013, Climate and Development Knowledge Network. All rights reserved.


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