External Expert Advice - Environment and Climate Change Policy Briefs
At Sida’s request, Sida's External Expert Advice for Environmental Economics, formulates environmental policy briefs, which are strategic environmental analyses at the country level.
These briefs are intended to provide input to Sida’s Integrated Poverty Assessments and ultimately to Sida’s (Country) Cooperation Strategy (CS). They are developed in communication with key staff within each CS process, in Sweden at Sida and in the partner countries. In the search of information, other donors and EfD centers may be consulted.
The briefs are usually 6-20 pages long and take anywhere from 1 week to 3 months to finalize, depending on the specific request and CS process. The following 10 guiding questions are typically addressed as part of the brief and the follow-up dialogue:
1) Which are the key environmental problems and opportunities? What are their relation to poverty and the poor, including challenges such as land degradation, water pollution and water scarcity, air pollution, and loss of biodiversity?
2) Which are the linkages between the environment and other important development themes, such as public health (including HIV/AIDS), human rights and democracy, gender, conflicts and vulnerability?
3) Which is the importance of the environment and natural resources for pro-poor growth, environmentally sustainable development and attaining the MDGs?
4) How are environmental concerns addressed in key partner country strategies, such as the PRS, and how are they reflected in the national budget?
5) Which are the partner country’s commitment to, and actual implementation of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements?
6) What are the needs for institutional and capacity development for enhanced environmental and natural resources management?
7) Which are the challenges and opportunities for Civil Society Organizations and the Private Sector in relation to environment and natural resources management?
8) What are other donors and development banks doing to strengthen environment and natural resource management?
9) Which are the opportunities for Swedish support to environment and natural resource management? Which are the Swedish comparative advantages?
10) Which are the key findings of the policy brief and how can they be integrated in the Cooperation Strategy?
Should support to environmental and natural resources management be a central part of the CS? Should it be a “dialogue issue”?
How can sustainable management of natural resources be pro-actively built into proposed programs in different sectors?
If Budget Support is considered as part of the CS, is there a need for complementary initiatives to minimize possible negative environmental effects?