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 Initiative.
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.