Best Practice Report


Integrating subnational action / Dialogue and communication / Closing the feedback loop to national policy

Closing the feedback loop to national policy

Partnerships involving national and subnational government and key stakeholders from diverse sectors, including citizens can promote mutual trust and unlock action towards green growth goals.

For example, the efforts to enable climate-resilient development in rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa (Case 7) demonstrate that partnerships led by national governments to engage local governments can be an effective, efficient, and equitable tool. Such partnerships not only help to build capacities for local delivery of climate compatible development, but also facilitate the cross-leveraging of resources, knowledge and expertise.

Case 7: Partnerships for agricultural and climate change initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa

Partnerships, encouraged by international and national actors, are drawing in contributions from public, private, and civic actors at the subnational level to promote climate compatible agricultural development in sub-Saharan Africa. In Zambia, public sector actors at the provincial and district levels are harnessing the financial resources of private sector mining companies with a view to advancing agricultural development initiatives. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a private sector mining company has formed a partnership with an international consultancy and local communities to apply their expertise to the mine’s Sustainable Development Plan on a conservation agriculture project. Similarly, in Malawi and Mozambique, private sector biofuel companies are forming partnerships with communities and Traditional Authorities to promote biofuel production (Dyer et al., 2012a; Dyer et al., 2012b; and Dyer et al., 2013). These public, private and civic partnerships build the governance capacities needed to implement climate compatible development priorities on the ground.