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About the NDC Toolbox Navigator

What is the NDC Toolbox Navigator?

The NDC Toolbox Navigator is a searchable database of tools and resources to support NDC implementation. It includes key analytical tools and guidance documents, experience profiles, links to other knowledge platforms, and sources of advisory support that are relevant to NDC planning and implementation for both mitigation and adaptation.

The resources are structured around different activities associated with NDC planning and implementation to help users find and access sources of support most relevant to their needs.


How do I use the NDC Toolbox Navigator?

The NDC Toolbox Navigator is a searchable database organized around activities associated with NDC implementation.

To search the database:

  1. Search by Activity, Location, or Type of Resource by selecting boxes in each of these categories to expand filtering options.

  2. Use one or more search filters to define the type of resource you are looking for. Most filters allow you to select multiple options -using more than one filter will narrow results to entries that satisfy all the filters.

  3. Search by inputting a keyword.

  4. The results will automatically update as you add or remove filters. You can add or remove filters to refine the results.

  5. In the results section, select tools, knowledge platforms, experience profiles, or sources of support to view your results. Click on any of the results to be taken to a page to view more details.

  6. Download or share your search results.


What is a tool? A resource that helps the user conduct quantitative and/or qualitative analysis based on certain methodologies. Tools can help with planning and implementation of NDCs.


What is an experience profile? Brief summaries from individuals or organizations on their experience using a particular tool or resource, the analytical need for a project that the tool was used for, what challenges or difficulties they faced while using the tool, and advice for others.


What is a knowledge platform?  Organizations that provide repositories of resources (i.e., tools, data, methodologies, case studies, guidance documents) and/or facilitate peer-to-peer knowledge sharing to support NDC planning and implementation.  


What is advisory support? Organizations that can provide assistance, either free or paid, for using tools for NDC planning and implementation. Advisory support could include virtual technical expert support (through email, forums, or a help desk), online tutorials or courses, or webinars.


Why is the NDC Toolbox Navigator needed?

As countries, national and sub-national governments, and development organizations turn their attention to implementation of their NDCs under the Paris Agreement, many will need support turning their goals into concrete action on the ground. Government officials and other country-level stakeholders will need help identifying relevant and easy-to-use tools and methods appropriate to their needs at various stages of NDC planning and implementation. There is currently no centralized database with this level and scope of information on technical resources, nor one that helps governments and stakeholders select the most relevant tools or connects them to assistance in using them.

The NDC Toolbox Navigator is designed to improve awareness and accessibility of tools, knowledge platforms, and other resources, and provide assistance in using these tools at all stages of NDC planning and implementation.


Who are the target users of the NDC Toolbox Navigator?

The Toolbox Navigator is designed for four key user groups:

  • Government ministries seeking information on tools and methods to support NDC planning or implementation—including ministries responsible for NDC implementation and those involved in sectoral implementation for whom addressing climate change is not a core objective.

  • Development institutions and multinational assistance organizations trying to understand the landscape of existing resources to avoid redundancy when designing new ones and when offering support to other countries.

  • Research and implementation institutions trying to identify existing tools.

  • Civil society organizations trying to understand the current landscape of support tools.


What types of resources are included?

Tools and resources are included based on the following criteria:


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Tools that fall into one or more of the outlined stages of NDC implementation
  • Tools that are applicable in both the global north and the south
  • Resources that have been included in established tool repositories
  • Resources recommended by climate finance, mitigation, and adaptation experts
  • Tools that adopt peer-reviewed reporting guidelines
  • Tools that are developed by, for, or can be adapted by, developing countries
  • Computable general equilibrium models that analyze world energy, economic, or land use dynamics
  • Tools that provided projections of country activities or developments such as energy consumption, emissions, temperature and sea level rise
  • If written document, must provide some sort of guidance and steps to walk the user through a process or framework, rather than just presenting information in the form of a case study (the information must be applicable)

Exclusion Criteria

  • Case studies, unless they are structured around a framework or similar stepwise guidance related to NDC implementation activities
  • Academic or research journal articles, unless they present a non-theoretical framework or similar stepwise guidance related to NDC implementation activities (i.e., data on real world applications)
  • Tools created by individuals or independent organizations not funded and directed by a government, research organization, or multilateral organization
  • A toolkit that is just a customized set of other individual tools, unless it has a unique value add related to NDC implementation activities


Inclusion Criteria

  • Established groups and portals that provide depth on a specific topic(s) or area(s) of climate or NDCs
  • To qualify as a platform instead of an individual tool, must contain multiple content types, for example:  tools, case studies, access to user networks or communities, webinars, access to technical experts

Exclusion Criteria

  • Platform lacks topical relationship to climate action or NDC implementation activities
  • Platform is not current or lacks ongoing maintenance (confirmed through correspondence with platform owners)

Sources of Support

Inclusion Criteria

  • Source of support related to climate action, climate-related development, and NDC implementation
  • Sources of support for other governments or multilateral organizations
  • Source of support from non-governmental organizations funded by governments or multilateral organizations to provide support to countries
  • Organizations that provide access to customizable support (for example, access to experts who can respond to individual questions), directed to countries and government officials
  • Organizations that offer e-learning courses, webinars, and other training options

Exclusion Criteria

  • Private, independent, and for-profit  implementers or consultancies
  • Type of support lacks relationship to climate action or NDC implementation

Experience Profile

  • The experience profile must relate to one of the tools within the NDC Toolbox and describe the experience working with that tool or resource

  • The experience profile should be useful to other users who might be interested in using the tool


How can I submit a tool or resource to be included?

Please contact us through the navigator or at knowledgeportal@ndcpartnership.org  


About the NDC Partnership and the Working Group

The NDC Toolbox Navigator is being developed on behalf of the NDC Partnership, a new coalition of developed and developing countries and international institutions working together to ensure countries receive the technical and financial support they need to achieve ambitious climate and sustainable development targets as fast and effectively as possible. The NDC Partnership is open to all countries as well as international institutions that are committed to ambitious NDC and related SDG implementation.  Membership is voluntary and defined by support for the Partnership’s guiding principles that will help orient its work and that of partners. The Partnership engages both with ministries leading on international climate issues as well as those leading on national economic and development planning.


The Support Unit of the NDC Partnership—the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, and World Resources Institute (WRI)—is coordinating the development of the NDC Knowledge Portal on behalf of the NDC Partnership. The development of the Toolbox Navigator was led by a working group that includes the Support Unit, the Government of Morocco, the Low Emissions Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP), and the Resources to Advance LEDS Implementation Project (RALI) supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).



The NDC Toolbox Navigator is not intended to be comprehensive of all NDC or climate-related tools or resources. This Toolbox is meant to provide relevant information on existing planning and implementation tools and is meant to complement, rather than duplicate, existing platforms that provide similar resources.