Evidence on Demand was requested by DFID to carry out a climate and
environment assessment for the Business Case: “Support to the
Transparency and Accountability Initiative, 2013-16.” Core funding will
be provided through an Accountable Grant in support of the outcome:
“increased collaboration and support globally for open government,
transparency and accountability work.”
The consultant carried out a Climate and Environment Assessment of the
Business Case, which involved: defining the climate and environment
context; applying a Climate and Environment Sensitivity Analysis for all
three feasible options (to identify climate and environment impacts and
opportunities); assigning a final risk categorisation; and finally
drafting a Climate and Environment Assurance note.
The nature of the proposed work means that no significant risks for
climate and environment were identified for the first option (to
continue to fund the Transparency and Accountability Initiative (TAI))
and the second option (to fund other sector-specific initiatives
advancing transparency and accountability). It will be important to
minimise the environmental footprint of the intervention (e.g. use of
resources, GHG emissions, waste) and given that the TAI does not have
policies and procedures in place, this will involve strengthening its
environmental commitments and performance.
Both options provide opportunities for further learning, debate and
action in support of transparency and accountability in natural resource
governance. However, given its cross-field perspective, support to the
TAI will also foster linkages on cross-cutting issues such as climate
change. Option 1 was therefore rated as medium for benefits (and option
2 rated as low). Maximising these opportunities will however, depend on
the level of TAI’s environmental expertise and strengthening linkages
with relevant initiatives and stakeholders.
In summary, the preferred option from an environmental perspective was
option 1 – continued support to the Transparency and Accountability
This report has been produced by Practical Action Consulting for
Evidence on Demand withthe assistance of the UK Department for
International Development (DFID) contracted through the Climate,
Environment, Infrastructure and Livelihoods Professional Evidence and
Applied Knowledge Services (CEIL PEAKS) programme, jointly managed by
HTSPE Limited and IMC Worldwide Limited.
Selby, S. Climate & environment assessment. Support to the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, 2013-16. Evidence on Demand, UK (2013) 21 pp.