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

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

The Vertical Integration and Learning for Low-Emission Development (V-LED) project supports the governments of Kenya, South Africa, Vietnam and the Philippines to tap the full potential of subnational climate action by strengthening vertical policy coordination processes and learning networks between local actors.

V-LED Phase I (2015-2019) aimed to (1) facilitate collaboration between government levels through vertical climate dialogues, (2) strengthen horizontal learning through good practice exchanges, regional workshops and a study tour (3) build local climate action capacities through toolkits and a series of trainings, and (4) research enabling factors for multi-level climate governance and local climate action. 

Based on the result of the first four years, the V-LED project was granted a two-year extension. Phase II of the project continues to support vertical and horizontal dialogue while consolidating lessons learnt to implement a ‘Coaching for Action’ strategy: selected subnational governments in South Africa and Kenya will receive context-specific and on-the-job support in order to drive forward local climate actions. To extend project knowledge and engage with global policy actors, V-LED Phase II will additionally produce ‘real practice’ case studies of promising collaborative climate action mechanisms in Colombia, Kenya, the Philippines and South Africa and contribute to ambitious national climate policies by leading conversations and workshops on effective collaborative climate action in key international events.

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). adelphi is leading this project along with an international consortium: UN Habitat, One World, Sustainable Energy Africa, and the Institute for Law and Environmental Governance.

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