Country Projects to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change
In order to support countries in taking a strategic and results-oriented approach to climate change learning, UN CC:Learn is supporting national Projects to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change. Through the development of a National Climate Change Learning Strategy partner countries set strategic priorities areas and identify concrete actions to strengthen learning and skills development for climate change. With support provided by the Swiss Development Cooperation, five pilot projects in Benin, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Malawi and Uganda have been implemented in 2011-2013. For the 2014-2017 phase, additional partner countries include Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kazakhstan, and Niger. Kenya, the Kyrgyz Republic, Zambia and Zimbabwe joined during the 2017-2020 implementation phase. UN CC:Learn is also supporting a regional approach to climate change learning through the Central American Integration System (SICA in Spanish) and through a dedicated hub in West Africa.
The projects make a contribution to the implementation of Article 6 of the UNFCCC and Article 12 of the Paris Agreement as well as the Doha Work Programme. They also apply the core principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness which emphasize local ownership, empowerment of national institutions and alignment of donor support.
Methodology ─ How to develop and implement a national climate change learning strategy
The experience of UN CC:Learn partner countries has been captured in a Guidance Note for Developing a National Climate Change Learning Strategy. Find out more about project objectives, activities and resources.
Good learning practices from around the world
A map with "good learning practices" that have been implemented in the UN CC:Learn partner countries can be found here.
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Governments that are interested in exploring opportunities to implement a national UN CC:Learn project are welcome to contact the UN CC:Learn Secretariat (email@example.com).
Objectives of the national projects include to:
- Foster a systematic and country-driven process to strengthen human resources, learning, and skills development
- Determine specific actions to enhance climate change learning and strengthen learning institutions
- Ensure that climate change learning is linked to and helps to achieve national climate change objectives
- Augment mobilization of resources for training and skills development from national budgets and external partners (UN organizations/country teams, bilateral donors, foundations)
- Ultimately, create a strengthened human resource base in the country to enhance implementation of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement.
The national UN CC:Learn pilot projects include a number of elements which are closely related to each other.
National Strategy Development
An important first milestone of the projects is the development of a National Strategy Climate Change Learning Strategy. The strategy seeks to identify, through a country-driven process, short and medium term actions to strengthen learning and skills development. It also includes policy recommendations to develop a sustainable human resource base in the long term. An important dimension of the national strategy is to explore opportunities for mainstreaming learning within existing systems and initiatives. The strategy is presented at a launch event which brings together senior level decision-makers, national stakeholders, international development partners, and other interested organizations.
In preparation of the strategy development, a national planning workshop is organized which brings together representatives from key government sectors, different levels of government (i.e. national, subnational and local level), national learning institutions, civil society, the private sector, as well as UN agencies and other development partners that provide (or are interested in providing) assistance in the area of climate change learning. The main objective of the workshop is to foster a discussion and stimulate a structured follow-up process to develop the national climate change learning strategy. The workshop is hosted by the national government, with technical and methodological support provided by UN CC:Learn.
Implementation of Priority Actions
As a concrete follow-up to the launch of the national climate change learning strategy, a number of concrete priority actions will be implemented. These activities will be executed by national/local partner institutions with UN CC:Learn and its network providing methodological and technical support.
A priority action may include, for example, the organization of specialized courses across sectors to prepare vulnerability assessments, or skills development courses to prepare proposals under existing or new international climate change funding regimes. It may also include more medium term action, such as the integration of climate change into curricula of national education and training institutions. Each of these actions will be linked to and support existing strategies and processes by focusing on the learning and skills development dimension.
Evaluation and Identification of Lessons Learned
Towards the end of the project, an independent evaluation is taking place to assess to what extent agreed objectives have been achieved. The evaluation examines in particular results of the strategy development process and initial progress in strategy implementation. Moreover, all priority learning actions are evaluated using the Kirkpatrick model.
This note provides methodological and organizational guidance to countries interested in taking a strategic approach to climate change learning and skills development. In particular, it lays out the process of developing a National Climate Change Learning Strategy Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Advance Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) - or short “National Climate Change Learning Strategy” - through cross-sectorial and multi-stakeholder collaboration, and with engagement of national education and training institutions.