Technology needs assessment

Client: The Global Environment Facility through UNEP and UNEP DTU Partnership

Period: January 2015 – September 2017

Project leader: Bothwell Batidzirai

Project team: Bothwell Batidzirai, Gisela Prasad, Louise Tait, Wikus Kruger

The Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) project seeks to assist participant developing country Parties (to the UNFCCC Convention) identify and analyse priority technology needs, which can form the basis for a portfolio of environmentally sound technology (EST) projects and programmes to facilitate the transfer of, and access to, the ESTs and know-how in the implementation of Article 4.5 of the UNFCCC Convention. TNAs are central to technology transfer under the UNFCCC and present an opportunity to track an evolving need for new equipment, techniques, practical knowledge and skills, which are necessary to mitigate GHG emissions and/or reduce the vulnerability of sectors and livelihoods to the adverse impacts of climate change. The main objectives of the project are:

  • To identify and prioritize through country-driven participatory processes, technologies that can contribute to mitigation and adaptation goals of the participant countries, while meeting their national sustainable development goals and priorities.
  • To identify barriers hindering the acquisition, deployment, and diffusion of prioritized technologies.
  • To develop Technology Action Plans specifying activities and enabling frameworks to overcome the barriers and facilitate the transfer, adoption, and diffusion  of selected technologies in the participant countries.

UNEP-DTU Partnership in Denmark (UDP) is implementing the current TNA (TNA Phase II) project in 25 developing countries across the world. The project engages two regional support centre (RCs) in each of the regions (Latin America, Africa, and Asia) to support the TNA process in the countries, with a role to generate greater awareness about technology needs of the countries at regional level, and to enhance capacities within the region. ERC is the RC for Anglophone Africa and the middle east, responsible for assisting Burundi, Egypt, Gambia, Jordan, Mozambique, Seychelles, Swaziland and Tanzania. In cooperation with UDP, ERC provides technical and process support to the national TNA teams by organising and facilitating regional training workshops, providing countries with technical backstopping support and guidance throughout project implementation and ensuring quality control of the process and outputs.