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Technical Assistance

The CTCN provides technical assistance in response to requests submitted by developing countries via their nationally-selected focal points, or National Designated Entities (NDEs). Upon receipt of such requests, the Centre quickly mobilizes its global Network of climate technology experts to design and deliver a customized solution tailored to local needs. The CTCN does not provide funding directly to countries, but instead supports the provision of technical assistance provided by experts on specific climate technology sectors.

The CTCN delivers five main types of technical support on climate technologies:

  • Technical assessments, including technical expertise and recommendations related to specific technology needs, identification of technologies, technology barriers, technology efficiency, as well as piloting and deployment of technologies.
  • Technical support for policy and planning documents, include strategies and policies, roadmaps and action plans, regulations and legal measures
  • Trainings
  • Tools and methodologies
  • Implementation plans

Technical assistance on climate technologies is provided

  • to developing countries at the request of their NDEs
  • free of charge (with a value up to 250,000 USD)
  • at local, national or regional levels
  • to academic, public, NGO, or private sector entities
  • for a broad range of adaptation and mitigation technologies
  • at all stages of the technology cycle: from identification of climate technology needs; policy assessment; selection and piloting of technological solutions; to assistance that supports technology customization and widespread deployment

How it works

  1. Academic, government, NGO and/or private sector representatives work with their National Designated Entity, the CTCN focal point selected by each country, to identify the type of technical assistance they need in order to implement their technology-related climate plans
  2. The NDE conveys the request to CTCN
  3. A team of climate technology experts from the CTCN, its Consortium, and Network work with the NDE to provide a solution that is tailored to the needs of the individual country

Note about technical assistance requests

At this time, there is no limit to the number of requests that each country may submit. As the CTCN reaches its capacity for responding to technical requests, the number of requests per country/year may be limited.

The CTCN provides technical assistance rather than direct funding to countries. However, in some cases the CTCN can help to play a matchmaking role with funding sources.

CTCN collaborates with the Adaptation Fund

The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) is partnering with the Adaptation Fund to provide complementary capacity building support for the design of projects and programmes that implementing entities can submit to the Adaptation Fund Board for funding approval.

The Adaptation Fund was established in 2001 to fund concrete adaptation projects and programmes in developing country Parties to the Kyoto Protocol that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. The Adaptation Fund pioneered Direct Access, which allows developing countries to directly access financing from the Fund through accredited national implementing entities (NIEs) and manage all aspects of the project cycle - from identification and design, through to implementation and monitoring and evaluation. Countries that wish to access adaptation financing from the Adaptation Fund through Direct Access must first become accredited by the Adaptation Fund Board through an NIE of the country’s choice. Capacity building support for accreditation can be requested and is available in the form of South-South cooperation grants through the Adaptation Fund Readiness Programme for Climate Finance. Following successful accreditation with the Fund, accredited entities may also request support from the Adaptation Fund Board for technical assistance for project development. All requests for capacity building support through the Adaptation Fund must be endorsed by the country’s relevant Designated Authority to the Adaptation Fund.

Through CTCN's partnership with the Adaptation Fund, countries seeking project financing from the Adaptation Fund can request complimentary technical assistance from the CTCN to address specific challenges to remove technology barriers and deploy specific adaptation technology solutions. This CTCN technical assistance can enable countries to strengthen design of their project concepts and proposals submitted to the Adaptation Fund through early stage feasibility assessments for deployment of specific adaptation technologies, market studies, recommendations for regulatory reform, and other technical analysis.

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CTCN Response Plan templates (Terms of reference for technical assistance)

CTCN members selected to partner on technical assistance may use the documents below (in English, Spanish, and French) in the development of response plans.

The CTCN gender mainstreaming tool will provide guidance in the development of response plans.