UNFCCC Releases Report on Regional Training Programme on Technology Transfer Project Preparation

23 November 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of its regional training programme on preparing technology transfer projects for financing, which took place between 2008 and 2010 (FCCC/SBSTA/2010/INF.6).

The main objective of the training programme was to enhance the capacity of project developers in developing countries in preparing project proposals that will meet the standards of international financial providers. The programme included a “training of trainers” workshop in Vienna, Austria, from 29 September-1 October 2008, and three regional workshops for: Africa, in Gaborone, Botswana, from 2-4 September 2009; Latin America and the Caribbean, in Belize City, Belize, from 5-7 May 2010; and Asia and the Pacific, in Singapore, from 26-28 October 2010. The focus of the programme was on the needs of project developers in developing countries and relevant stakeholders, including international and domestic financial providers, with particular attention to the needs of small- and medium-sized investment projects and enterprises.

The report provides information on the outcomes, experiences and lessons learned from the organization of the training programme. It also elaborates on issues for further consideration, including possible follow-up actions to increase the number of beneficiaries of the training programme and to address specific training needs at the sub-regional and national levels. These possible follow-up actions include: an online training programme on project preparation; finance training for non-financial professionals; standardization and translation of the training materials; “training of trainers” follow-up and customization to specific regions and topics; wider, more diverse quality-controlled case study accumulation and sharing; proposal refinement and matchmaking; and assistance for “upstream” preparation. The report also contains annexes containing a checklist for preparing project proposals, phases and actions involved in project development and a summary of proposed projects. The document will be considered by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) at its 33rd session taking place in Cancun, Mexico, from 30 November-4 December 2010, with a view to determining further follow-up actions, as appropriate. [The Report]