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Partnerships

Since its inception, the ACPC has engaged various partners and stakeholders at international, regional and sub-regional levels to implement its programmes, leveraging on the comparative and strategic advantages of these partners. Annex 3 gives an indicative overview of how ACPC has leveraged its strategic partners to implemented its programmes for greater efficiency and impact.  The Centre’s broad experiences at national, regional and global levels have resulted in the acquisition of nuanced knowledge and information about the different stakeholders in the climate response sphere. This engagement will continue in the context of the interventions in this proposal. ACPC will engage and collaborate with various partners and stakeholders at different levels. Beyond stakeholder engagement, the centre has undertaken stakeholder analysis in order to help streamline and target its interventions. This stakeholder analysis follows from the Saly roadmap. The Saly Roadmap is an outcome of an Africa wide meeting convened by ECA, WMO, UNDP and other partners to review the status of climate change interventions on the continent and develop mechanisms towards ensuring coordinated climate actions at all levels.  Stakeholders involved include policy makers at national, sub-regional, regional and global levels, as well as civil society and private sector actors. 

ACPC’s stakeholders/partners - both internally within the ECA and externally at the international, regional, sub-regional and national levels – include those with a direct stake in the implementation of programme interventions, as well as those who will be impacted by the programme in different ways. At the continental level, ACPC will leverage the longstanding ClimDev-Africa partnership by working together with the DREA to link climate governance frameworks and translate global policy imperatives, including the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the PA and Sendai Framework for DRR into African strategies and priorities – the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and various national development plans. 

In terms of support to regional actors towards climate governance and negotiations, Africa has developed a unique three tier climate policy and governance framework:

  • The AGN – reporting to the AMCEN
  • AMCEN reporting to the CAHOSCC and other established AUC organs. 
  • CAHOSCC reporting to the AUC

DREA coordinates this tripartite arrangement and is responsible for ensuring the coherence of African climate strategies and policies, while ACPC provides technical backstopping the framework and supports AUC and AMCEN Secretariat in coordinating working arrangements. 

Further, at the regional level, the ACPC shall work closely with DREA, the RECs, RCCs, River Basin Organizations (RBOs) and other regional stakeholders to support regional policies and strategies in climate change, water and land use management to avoid environmental degradation. In the inception phase, further stakeholder assessments will be undertaken to refine further areas of collaboration and engagement with all stakeholders, based on their comparative advantage, influence, impact and interest to minimize risk and maximize opportunities of successful delivery of the programme as indicated in the Table at the bottom of this page.

The collaboration with the ClimDev-Africa partners is significant because each of the partners bring different strengths and comparative advantage to the project implementation. The AUC facilitates coordination and alignment with the main continental imperatives deriving from the various African Union Mandates. These include support for the development of common African positions on climate governance, including the negotiations in the UNFCCC, the development of climate policy frameworks (such as the African Climate Change Strategy), and engagement with member states on issues of alignment between the NDCs and the African Agenda 2063, among others. The AfDB focus on supporting investment in climate change initiatives enables the project to strengthen its capacity building activities around climate finance, as well as support the integration of climate information and analyses in policy development and practice. 

AUC/ACPC and AfDB are also partners in the Africa NDC hub, which is developing strategic frameworks to support the implementation of NDCs in African countries. The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance brings together civil society actors to the climate change arena in line with the recognition that climate actions require both state and non-state actors, given the urgency of the climate emergency.

Category and list of institutions

Areas of joint and strategic implementation

Pan-Africa region entities (AUC, AfDB, AUDA-NEPAD, AGN, Pan-Africa Parliament, RECs, African Centre of Meteorological Application for Development (ACMAD), AMCEN, AMCOMET, African Ministerial Conference on Water (AMCOW), CAHOSCC)

· The ClimDev-Africa initiative has been implemented as a joint programme of the ECA/ACPC, AUC and AfDB. In this implementation, ACPC serves as the Secretariat of the initiative and well as the analytical arm of the programme; AUC, through the Climate Change and Desertification Unit (CCDU) provides policy and political guidance to enhance coordination and harmonization of Africa’s activities in the field of climate change; and AfDB, through the ClimDev-Africa Special Fund (CDSF) supports member States with  resources to finance investment activities on the ground for the generation and use of climate information for climate‐resilient development.

· The annual CCDA conference, as a flagship event of the ClimDev-Africa programme, is organized by ECA/ACPC, AUC and AfDB in collaboration with PACJA and other UN entities in different years. The objective of the conference is to establish a forum for dialogue, enhance awareness raising, mobilize effective commitment and actions through bringing together policy makers, academicians and other stakeholders with the aim of effectively mainstreaming climate change concerns into development policies, strategies, programmes and practices in Africa. CCDA also aims to strengthen Africa’s position and participation in international climate change negotiations with a view to ensuring adequate reflection of the continent’s concerns and priorities in a post‐2015 international climate change regime.

· Since the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2011, ECA/ACPC, in collaboration with the AUC and AfDB (and sometimes in partnership with other continental entities such as the Pan-African Parliament, NEPAD-AUDA, AMCEN Secretariat and Africa Risk Capacity) has been organizing the Africa Pavilion and Africa Day at the COPs, providing joint support to the Africa Group of Negotiators on climate change, AMCEN, the CAHOSCC and Member States delegations on preparations for the climate negotiations and providing the space and agency for Africa’s common positions at the COPs.

· ECA/ACPC, in collaboration with WMO, GFCS and WCRP, established the CR4D programme as an outcome of the resolutions and recommendations reached at the Africa Climate Conference 2013 (ACC2013) convened by ACPC and partners. The governance structure of the programme consists of (i) ACPC as the secretariat, (ii) an Institutional Collaboration Platform (ICP), and (iii) an Oversight Board (ACPC, AMCOMET, AUC, AFDB and the Chair of ICP (presently PACJA). With initial funding from DFID under the WISER, ACPC and DFID have gone through a thorough process to select the African Academy of Science as the grants manager for the first round of research already being implemented.

· Under the first phase of the WISER programme, ECA/ACPC collaborated with WMO to carry out a needs and gaps assessments of the African regional climate centres (including IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre -ICPAC, AGRHYMET, SADC-CSC and ACMAD) with a view to strengthening these centres. This assessment helped the CDSF in targeting its support to the centres.

· ECA/ACPC is a founding member of the Africa NDC Hub hosted at the AfDB.  The Africa NDC Hub provides the mechanism for various entities to coordinate support to Member States with implementation of their NDCs

· ECA/ACPC, AUC, AfDB and the World Bank launched the AFRI-RES to support countries and project developers with integration of climate resilience in investments in climate-sensitive sectors, following outcomes of the study by the ACPC and the World Bank on enhancing the climate resilience of Africa’s infrastructure. With initial funding from the Nordic Development Fund, ACPC and the World Bank form the joint secretariat of the facility and ACPC and AUC are focusing implementation of components on capacity development and provision of a resource platform for integration of climate resilience.

UN System Entities

· ECA/ACPC, in collaboration with  and Member States concerned and UN Country Teams, launched country pilot projects on “Enhancing policy coherence for the SDGs through integrated assessments and institutional strengthening in Africa” aimed at (i) strengthening national capacity of development stakeholders and national institutions to clearly identify the specific synergies, trade-offs and complexities of the design and implementation of sustainable development policies in line with the SDGs, (ii) enhancing capacity of government officials in various ministries to work in a collaborative and integrated way in implementing the SDGs, and (iii) supporting countries with enhanced technical capacity to use methodologies and modelling tools (focused on integrated climate, land, energy and water systems, CLEWs) to inform sustainable development policy decisions.

World Bank Group, UNDESA, UNDP, UN Environment, WMO, the UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN-Water family

· Together with UN Environment and the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD), ECA/ACPC has convened regional a forum on the water and energy nexus for sustainable development in Africa, in collaboration with the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity of Ethiopia.

 

· ECA/ACPC has worked with the IFC and the Africa Risk Capacity to introduce climate risks in the training of key stakeholders on risk insurance instruments, building on the AFRI-RES and WISER work.

 

· ACPC/ECA is cooperating with UNECE and UNECA in supporting African countries accession to and implementation of the Water Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes. Today, Chad and Senegal are party to the convention and 20 more countries have expressed need for support to accede to the Convention. This partnership will work to support these countries in the process.

 

· Similarly, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and ACPC collaborate on transboundary water management and use, capacity building of EAC and IGAD member countries in drought monitoring and forecasting.

 

· ECA/ACPC and UNESCO have collaborated to produce educational material for secondary schools in Africa on climate change

Other Intergovernmental and International Non-Governmental Entities

· ECA/ACPC, in collaboration with IRENA, IEA, KTH and IDEP has developed a modular training programme on energy planning for enhanced climate action to be delivered by IDEP.

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), International Energy Agency (IEA), The African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP), New Climate Economy (NCE), World Resources Institute (WRI)

· In collaboration with NCE and WRI-Africa, ECA/ACPC is developing the Africa’s New Climate Economy programme aimed at to work with a select group of countries, their finance and planning ministers, relevant development finance institutions (DFIs), as well as the private finance sector to support these countries to lead by: (i) charting a stronger, more inclusive, and climate compatible growth path; and (ii) securing commitments to the financing needed to deliver it.

Civil Society and Academia

· PACJA has been and continues to be a key partner of ACPC. PACJA is a member of the ClimDev-Africa Steering Committee. Together, and with AUC, we have implemented may activities, including the CCDA and various high-profile events in the margins of various fora

PACJA, University of Cape Town, University of Mauritius, Addis Ababa University, IDEP, OpTIMUS, KTH, South South North, UBUNTU-Women, African Academy of Sciences (AAS)

· In collaboration with the OpTIMUS Community, Addis Ababa University, the University of Cape Town, KTH, World Bank Group (ESMAP) and UNDP, ECA/ACPC launched the Energy Modelling Platform for Africa (EMP-A) in 2018. EMP-A annually brings together the energy planning and modelling community in Africa to share experiences, models and data in climate, land, energy and water systems, as well as provide a comprehensive training programme for energy mix and investment planning for a cross-section of selected country participants.

 

· ACP in collaboration with Africa Centre for Gender and UBUNTU-Women organized a continental wide consultation workshop to discuss the nexus between gender and climate change and explore ways of enhancing the role of women in the production, uptake and use of CIS, at both policy and practice levels. ACPC will continue to engage with UBUNTU-Women to deepen appreciation of the link between gender and climate change in Africa as well as enhancement of women engagement in CIS and climate change issues.

 

· In partnership with AAS, ACPC is implementing the WISER-funded CR4D research programme aimed at supporting early career researchers and senior established researchers to address issues of climate change and development from an African perspective.