Institutional strengthening support and training

While many countries recognize the value of addressing short-lived climate pollutants and taking an integrated approach to climate and air quality planning, they often lack capacity within the ministries that would carry out these actions and raise awareness across government departments.

In July 2013, the Coalition’s Working Group requested support from the SNAP initiative to help partner countries coordinate and scale up action on short-lived climate pollutants. The initiative’s Institutional Strengthening Support workstream was developed to fund personnel recruitment in beneficiary countries to build capacity to tackle their national short-lived climate pollutant issues and interact with the Coalition and other relevant international initiatives. These activities are complemented by regular opportunities for peer-to-peer exchanges and trainings.

Strengthening national institutions is a key action to effectively integrate short-lived climate pollutants into national planning. It also creates an environment where short-lived climate pollutant mitigation actions can become self-sustaining in the long-term.

Why we're doing this work

The Institutional strengthening support and training workstream was created to respond to request from developing partner countries for assistance to overcome challenges to addressing short-lived climate pollutants, such as the need for additional:

  • Time and institutional capacity to coordinate the implementation of measures
  • Coordination between the different scales of action (national, regional, international) and different commitments and plans related to climate change, air quality mitigation and sustainable development necessary for mitigation (e.g. Sustainable Development Goals, NDCs, air quality strategies)
  • Training and capacity building on related issues
  • Awareness amongst the key government departments and stakeholders in the country


The aims of the Institutional Strengthening Support workstream are to:

  • Strengthen institutional capacities to coordinate and plan action on short-lived climate pollutants
  • Engage key national actors and increase awareness regarding short-lived climate pollutants within the government and amongst key national stakeholders
  • Embed short-lived climate pollutant mitigation within different national planning processes, such as the implementation of new regulations, the increase of on-the-ground projects, inclusion within existing frameworks, and outreach to the media and other communication activities
  • Increase participation in the Coalition’s activities and meetings and increase exchanges and collaboration with the Coalition's partner countries

The SNAP initiative also proposes regular opportunities for peer-to-peer exchanges and training.

What we're doing

Countries that take part in the Institutional Strengthening programme receive financial and technical support to recruit personnel that will coordinate and scale-up activities related to short-lived climate pollutants over a two-year period.

In its first phase (2014-2018), the programme supported 14 countries: Bangladesh, Chile, Colombia, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Jordan, Liberia, Maldives, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Togo. Most of these countries (with the exception of Ethiopia, Jordan, Liberia, Maldives and Togo) were provided support to develop a National Plan at the same time. National planning processes that build on the outcome of the Institutional Strengthening programme have now started in the Maldives and Togo. Additional Institutional Strengthening projects were started in Benin, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Kenya, Mali, Moldova, Paraguay, Uruguay between 2017 and 2018.

In addition to the financial resources provided to the participating countries, the SNAP Initiative (SEI, UN Environment and the CCAC Secretariat) is providing technical assistance to support the implementation of the countries’ workplans and monitor progress.

Following the commitment from several Coalition partner countries to develop black carbon Inventories at the Coalition’s 2016 High Level Assembly, the SNAP Initiative received approval from the Coalition Working Group to provide additional support to countries to develop an integrated inventory of greenhouse gases, short-lived climate pollutants, including black carbon, and other air pollutants using the LEAP tool.

The initiative has organised regional workshops (one in Panama in July 2018, one in Abidjan in August 2018, one in Bangkok, pending) and is providing one-on-one online technical assistance to 19 countries to develop these integrated inventories.

Since 2015, the SNAP Initiative has organised annual Institutional Strengthening workshops during the Coalitions’ autumn Working Group. These workshops are attended by all participating countries and provide an opportunity for them to exchange information on progress and offer training on specific topics, such as financing, inventories, etc. Regional meetings and webinars provide regular opportunities for exchange and training during the rest of the year.