Regional Communities of Practice
New regional opportunities
The Low Emission Development Global Partnership (LEDS GP) creates opportunities for professionals to exchange experience on practical aspects of low emission development. Members of our network say they value these platforms for skills exchange and learning – whether it is in person, or increasingly through ‘virtual’ meetings and conversations, and through technical collaborations.
This year, the LEDS GP is ramping up its support for regionally-based learning groups or ‘Communities of Practice’ that explore specific economic sectors and financing mechanisms. As countries tackle the complex business of delivering on the Paris climate agreement, government officials, businesspeople, NGO staff, researchers and others find these more targeted and specialised groups to be of particular value.
These expanded, regional Communities of Practice build on the positive initial experiences of the Africa Mini Grids Community, which started last year. Margaret Kamau of the Africa Development Bank, an Africa Mini Grids Community of Practice member said:
“The Mini Grids Community of Practice will be useful going forward as it provides an opportunity to network with experts in the mini-grids sector, to share technical knowledge of mini-grids development. More importantly, the training on mini-grids financing was useful in understanding how to further stimulate private sector investment in the area, particularly by creating awareness on the barriers or gaps to financing, and the various financing opportunities available for the development of the sector”.
Solutions for immediate problems
The Communities of Practice aim to work together on real-time policy, technical, and market solutions related to low emission development.
In the longer term, the participants in the LEDS GP’s Communities of Practice will benefit from better access to and longer term engagement with sources of technical support (which is free for them at the point of access).
Ambassadors for LEDS
The idea is that these active community members will go on to become ambassadors for low emission development: they will be more confident and influential spokespeople for the opportunities and benefits of ‘going low carbon’.
Flexible communities to suit countries’ priorities
As a demand-driven network, the focal areas and activities of these Communities of Practice are defined by their members and are adaptive in nature. Members can make the case for which topics the communities should focus on next – or whether completely new communities should spring up.
All communities of practice will conduct the following activities in 2018:
- Online peer-to-peer learning and training on the communities’ specific topics (see below)
- In-person training and peer learning workshop – limited travel support is available to developing country participants from national and subnational governments
- Compilation of resources, good practices, case studies and tools to advance implementation
- Delivery of no-cost remote expert advisory support service – limited to developing country national and subnational governments
The Communities of Practice all examine specific sub-sectors, low emission technologies or investment approaches, and are led by our Working Group leads (which cover the broad areas of Agriculture forestry and other land use; Energy; Finance; Subnational Integration and Transport) and the Regional Platforms (Asia, Africa, Latin America and Caribbean, and Eastern Europe and Eurasia).
How can you participate?
Whether you belong to a government agency, donor organisation, academic or technical institute, private sector, or NGO, you can participate actively by:
- Learning from peers who are implementing low emission development solutions and receiving targeted training and advisory support support from LEDS GP working groups.
- Making use of tools and knowlege products shared by the Community to advance your LEDS work.
- Sharing your and your country’s experiences, challenges and opportunities. Sharing resources, good approaches, news and tools with other Community members. Serving as a role model to other practitioners. Spreading the learning from the Community of Practice back to your organisation.
- Identifying the needs of your country and requesting/receiving no-cost advisory support from LEDS GP (limited to developing country governments).