Vertical integration and learning for low-emission development in Africa and Asia

As powerful drivers for climate action throughout the world, cities and sub-national authorities are important actors: they translate national targets into action and have thus far demonstrated encouraging results. However, in spite of national climate and green growth targets being in place, very few countries have to date been able to establish properly functioning coordination mechanisms between the national and sub-national levels.

Through this project, adelphi is supporting the governments of Kenya, South Africa, Vietnam and the Philippines to further tap into this potential by strengthening policy coordination processes and learning networks between local actors.

adelphi is leading this four-year project along with an international consortium of key organisations driving local action on the political agenda: UN Habitat, One World, Sustainable Energy Africa, and the Institute for Law and Environmental Governance. The project is supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety as part of its International Climate Initiative (IKI) - mitigating greenhouse gas emissions area.

In order to strengthen the policy coordination and learning processes for climate action in each of these four countries the project aims to (1) support multi-level dialogues, for example on the GHG emissions reduction potential of South African municipalities, and (2) strengthen the exchange of good practices between sub-national actors, for example between so-called “green cities” and secondary cities in Vietnam. The project will (3) support the development of capacities of local government planners through a series of trainings on low emission development and green growth, for example by integrating climate mitigation in the local climate change action plans in the Philippines. Finally, (4) the consortium will research the multi-level governance of climate action, focusing on the urban transformation agenda and change processes.

Publications of this project