By Hanna Reuter and Anita Demuth
The NDC Support Cluster of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) has established a flexible advisory service for developing countries called the NDC Helpdesk. The Helpdesk provides easy-to-access, short-term support on a number of challenges around NDC implementation in developing countries. Governments can contact the Helpdesk to address specific barriers to or gaps in NDC implementation – for example, if government staff need specific training, if an assessment needs to be conducted of the mitigation potential of a certain sector, or if advice is sought on developing the financial architecture of an NDC implementation plan.
The Helpdesk service is delivered by a network of experts in different fields related to NDC implementation, namely:
(i) political and institutional frameworks,
(ii) sector approaches,
(iii) financing, and
(iv) data and transparency.
It does not provide funding directly to countries, but instead supports the provision of technical assistance. Examples of the kinds of assistance offered by the Helpdesk include:
Government bodies responsible for NDC implementation in developing countries or the government institutions collaborating with them can request support from the NDC Cluster by filling out an online request form.
For more information and to access the form, visit the NDC Cluster website: https://www.ndc-cluster.net/helpdesk
Efficient coordination, strong expert networks
The NDC Helpdesk functions as a knowledge hub, bringing together expertise of all the implementing partners of the NDC Cluster. At present there are 10 such partners, with more set to join soon. The NDC Cluster also collaborates closely with other relevant initiatives, organizations and platforms, including the NDC Partnership, which both support and benefit from the NDC Helpdesk initiative. All these different partners exchange information about incoming requests and pool their resources and knowledge to ensure inquiring countries are provided with the best possible responses and support. If a partner country of the NDC Partnership is requesting support through the Helpdesk, the NDC Cluster coordinates with the NDC Partnership to assess who can best provide support and how these efforts can feed into other processes under the umbrella of the Partnership. In turn, the NDC Partnership can make use of services provided by the Helpdesk to address specific support needs communicated by partner countries.
The Helpdesk goes live
Recently, the NDC Helpdesk received its first two official requests for support from the governments of Chile and Mali. In response, the following initiatives are being prepared:
Hanna Reuter and Anita Demuth are part of the IKI Support Project for Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPA).