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Strengthening capacity to access international financing for Jordan’s climate technology priorities

Jordan
This technical assistance advances the following Sustainable Development Goals:

Affordable and clean energy

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Goal7
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Affordable and clean energy

Climate action

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Goal13
Name:
Climate action

This Technology Transfer Advances Jordans's

Context

Jordan has recently completed its Technology Needs Assessment (TNA), but required capacity building for technical employees in the Ministry of Environment as well as relevant NGOs and consultancies, to develop these ideas into fundable proposals relevant to both domestic and international  funding. Jordan issued its Third National Communication (TNC) in 2014 supported by UNDP. The TNC contains about 43 project ideas for mitigation and many other ideas for adaptation. At this stage, the Jordanian Governmental Authorities have identified focus areas and compiled a large number of early-stage ideas for climate action. Nevertheless, in order to achieve transformational outcomes, the ministries have identified the key challenge of a lack of skills and knowledge in designing and articulating climate technology projects and project proposals.

Technology Request

The NDE of Jordan requested the CTCN support to help further develop the skills and expertise of their Jordanian officials in this area. The request included training and mentoring with a focus on project structuring, and will be relevant for a large number of sources, including domestically financed climate financing and the Green Climate Fund. 

CTCN Support

The CTCN and partner, UNEP DTU Partnership, provided the following technology assistance in Jordan:

  • Feedback on project idea notes (including by the Green Climate Fund National Designated Entity) 
  • Intensive 5 day theory- and practise based training for 26 government and NGO participants to develop understanding of finance mechanisms and climate change project proposals development. The course was structured into technical input-sessions followed by group discussion and exercise to develop detailed climate adaptation and/or mitigation project concept notes. The training concluded with presentations of participants’ work to Green Climate Fund (GCF) Accredited Entities, enabling valuable feedback and potential collaboration for official submission to the GCF. 
  • After the course, the course experts provided iterative feedback over a period of 5 months on the concept notes prepared by the groups. 

For further details, please see Documents section below.

Relevant Technologies and Approaches

Expected Impact 

Short term

  • Increased financing available to deploy technology priorities that address Jordan's climate challenges, including through 2 or 3 GCF projects to deploy prioritise climate technologies.
  • 26 engineers and civil society actors with increased expertise to access funding for implementation of climate technologies
  • One adaptation project / programme concept note on Rangeland rehabilitation
  • One electric bus project / programme concept note
  • Potentially one proposal on household energy 

Long term

  • Acquisition of international funding to deploy technology priorities that address Jordan’s climate challenges 
  • Improved potential to reach Jordan's adaptation and mitigation targets

Lessons Learned

  • The participants requested more in-depth, technical support than expected, e.g. in designing the Excel Sheets for financial mechanisms
  • Interactive learning approaches were highly appreciated and could be increased
  • Ways to encourage more and more timely submissions of concept notes for review in Activity 3 need to be sought.
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    Completed
    Duration range:
    2-6 months
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    $50-100k
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