If we don't confront climate change,we won't end poverty

Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group

December 2014 - April 2015

As part of this project I worked with Climate Analytics and lead the analysis team supporting experts and officials in The Gambia. At COP 19 in Warsaw the UNFCCC decided that Parties should put forward 'intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs)' towards the new Agreement to be agreed in Paris in 2015. To support developing countries in the process to define their contributions, the GIZ together with UNDP and Climate Analytics provides technical support as well as opportunities for peer exchange and learning.The INDC of The Gambia was submitted to the UNFCCC in September 2015 and is available on the INDC submission portal.

The Gambia submitted their INDC to the UNFCCC in September 2015.


Client: Climate AnalyticsGesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)


December 2011 - November 2013

The integration of emerging economies into the climate regime is one of the largest challenges in climate diplomacy. In this context the project aimed to provide analysis that supports the realistic evaluation of the pledges from the most important emerging economies (Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa and South Korea). The pledges were put into the context of the feasibility of such reductions based on identified potentials and in the global context of the agreed objective to limit temperature increase to 2degC. In addition the project provided policy analysis on the status of low carbon development strategies and nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs), institutional setup and existing barriers to mitigation action for the German Environmental Protection Agency.

The project resulted in two publications:

Emerging economies - potentials, pledges and fair shares: assessing the mitigation potential in the countries and comparing this to required reductions based on different effort sharing approaches

Emerging economies - from potentials to actions: assessing the status of implementation of mitigation measures, institutional setup and barriers for implementation


ClientUmweltbundesamt (German Environment Agency)

PartnersWuppertal InstituteNewClimate Institute 

June 2013 - October 2013

The project provided background research on selected aspects related to the allocation of resources in the Green Climate Fund (GCF) for the German Bank for Reconstruction (KfW). It developed a set of short background studies related to procedural issues, how to define and operationalize 'paradigm shift' and on possible allocation principles for adaptation and mitigation.

The project resulted in four background papers:

M. Jung: Design elements of the GCF allocation mechanism

M. Vieweg & I. Noble: Incentivizing Paradigm Shift Within the GCF Allocation Framework

M. Vieweg: Possible Allocation Principles and Criteria - Mitigation

I. Noble: Possible Allocation Principles and Criteria - Adaptation


Client: Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW)


November 2016 - January 2017

The project is part of the GIZ climate finance readiness programme. The objective is to develop an easy to understand & use project development handbook that serves as guideline for GCF project developers in national and regional accredited entities, NDAs or line ministries. Additionally, the project develops a 'Frequently Asked Questions' document.   


Client: Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Partners: Sergio Ugarte (SQ Consult)