The Comprehensive Action for Climate Change Initiative’s Partnership with Government to Enhance Zambia’s Capacity for Effective Climate Action
This post was written by Antony Chapoto, Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) and the African Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ANAPRI).
Like many countries in the world, Zambia is suffering increased effects of climate change, even as its households, institutions and economy as a whole show limited adaptive capacity to these effects. Cognizant of this challenge, USAID’s Comprehensive Action for Climate Change Initiative (CACCI) has played a key role in partnering with the government through the Ministry of Green Economy and Environment (MGEE) to respond to this challenge. In partnership with the government, CACCI has been providing technical assistance to help guide climate change policy actions, building on already existing and ongoing initiatives anchored in the country’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and the ongoing formulation of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP). CACCI contributes to the effective implementation of the NDC and NAP by providing data and knowledge products and facilitating stakeholder engagement to help guide climate change policy actions in Zambia. The knowledge products aim to support government in four key areas: clarifying ambitions and setting policy agenda; strengthening human and institutional capacity; strengthening implementation; and tracking progress, reporting and monitoring.
On clarifying ambitions and setting policy agenda, CACCI has worked closely with the MGEE in four areas. First, CACCI and MGEE have conducted stakeholder consultations and economic modeling to co-develop mitigation and adaptation pathway scenarios to guide the country in identifying optimal pathways that will help it meet its climate ambitions without compromising its development agenda. Second, to strengthen human and institutional capacity, CACCI with MGEE conducted a capacity needs assessment, identifying key capacity gaps and needs among stakeholders. The results of this assessment will feed into the programming of human and institutional capacity-building interventions. Third, accurate and timely tracking, reporting and monitoring of progress is key in guiding the country to determine whether it is on the right path to meeting the targets. CACCI has helped strengthen this component by reviewing the NDC and NAP implementation and results frameworks and recommending streamlining the indicators to do a better job capturing progress in the key mitigation and adaptation activities and outcomes. Further, the CACCI project, in partnership with MGEE, established “data clusters” to enhance data collection and analytics among key climate change stakeholders for effective tracking of progress and reporting on climate change interventions in line with the NDC and NAP. The CACCI developed the Climate Change Integrated Results Framework, which presents a comprehensive results framework linking mitigation adaptation and the country’s medium- and long-term development plans and actions.
Collectively, these interventions and knowledge products are helping strengthen Zambia’s capacity to implement the NDC and NAP and are thus contributing toward Zambia’s aspiration to be a green and low carbon economy.