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Just Transition Planning Masterclass Series for Policy Makers

Supporting equitable and collaborative low-carbon transitions in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Namibia. 

The Just Transition Planning Masterclass Series will support decision makers navigating low-carbon transitions across Africa. With the concept of ‘Just Transitions’ as its guiding framework, the Masterclass will provide essential tools and strategies for effective and inclusive transition policy planning. 

The complete Masterclass series is restricted to invited participants, but written resources from the program will be made available to the public over time (and will be accessible under the ‘Content of the Masterclass Series’ tab).

Year: 2024 Current Project

  • About

    What are Just Transitions? 

    Societies across Africa are facing different kinds of structural changes. Some of these changes are driven by domestic policy agendas or the localisation of international policy agendas (like SDGs and climate change), whereas others are driven by external factors like technological change, market change, and changing consumer preferences in export destinations, among others. These changes are anticipated in crucial sectors, such as energy, transport, agriculture, waste, urban planning, water management, forestry, and others. 

    Some of these changes, or transitions, are intended to benefit society—like the shift to a greener economy. Yet these major socioeconomic changes can be disruptive. In the process of change, some stakeholders or groups may bear higher costs and risks. Even if the process of change results in higher net employment or net economic activity overall, there could be job losses and negative impacts on local economic activities that affect people’s livelihoods. These disruptions can have real impacts on people’s lives, particularly those who are most vulnerable. 

    Planning for a “just transition” is about ensuring that structural changes driven by the journey to a more sustainable and green economy are fair, inclusive, and equitable for all—leaving no one behind. This means equitably managing the distribution of the costs and benefits of change, and doing so through a participatory process that includes all affected stakeholders—such as workers, communities, and other vulnerable populations who will be most affected by climate action. The goal of transition planning is to ensure that people whose livelihoods rely on industries that need to be phased out (e.g., coal mining) or transformed (e.g., animal husbandry) do not face unfair burdens during the transition, and to widely share the benefits of these changes and the new economic and livelihood opportunities that follow. 

    The pursuit of a just transition means placing dialogue and consultation at the heart of policymaking. In practice, this means that decision makers actively engage with a wide range of stakeholders to co-develop the vision for transition and for future socio-economic development, and in the preparation of Just Transition plans or similar frameworks that are intended to guide decisions, rather than making decisions in a top-down manner. 

    What are the goals of this Masterclass series?  

    This Masterclass series will strengthen planning skills and equip participants with tools to navigate transitions to a low-carbon economy. Attendees will delve into strategies to maximise positive impacts from transitions, while effectively mitigating and equitably distributing any negative effects from these changes. Throughout the series, we will draw on relevant case studies to link theory to practice, providing concrete examples that demonstrate diverse approaches to planning.   

    By the end of the Just Transition Planning Masterclass, participants will be able to:  

    • Understand the principles of ‘Just Transitions’ and how these relate to policy planning, national contexts, and broader regional transitions.  
    • Identify the potential social, economic and environmental impacts of Just Transition policies. 
    • Recognise the diverse actors involved in Just Transition planning, and develop tailored stakeholder engagement strategies for broad participation.  
    • Understand the activities and strategies involved in planning and implementing Just Transitions.  

     

    The Just Transition Planning Masterclass will also support participants with building multi-stakeholder networks of actors committed to planning just transitions. The Masterclass will provide an opportunity for policymakers to collaborate across ministries and connect with key civil society organisations, experts, climate funds and other development partners. 

  • Content of the Masterclass Series

    The Just Transition Planning Masterclass will include four webinars and an in-person workshop. Before each webinar, participants will receive a short document, or ‘pre-read,’ that will provide context for the topics we will discuss. This section will include links to the pre-reads and other resources, divided by each masterclass title. It will be updated as these resources become available.

    Webinar 1:

    Introducing transitions and their impacts (29th May 2024).

    Pre-reads and additional resources coming soon. 

    Webinar 2:

    Assessing the impacts of transitions (26th June 2024).

    Pre-reads and additional resources coming soon. 

    Webinar 3:

    Coordinating planning and engaging stakeholders (24th July 2024).

    Pre-reads and additional resources coming soon. 

    Webinar 4:

    Planning to ensure just outcomes.

    Pre-reads and additional resources coming soon. 

    Final Session:

    The final session of the Masterclass will be a two-day in-person workshop, bringing all participants together to share perspectives and work on deepening their preparedness for transition planning.

  • Partners

    The Just Transition Planning Masterclass is co-led by Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and Climate Strategies (CS). 

    Climate Investment Funds was established in 2008 to provide scaled-up climate financing to developing countries to initiate transformational change towards low-carbon, climate-resilient development. Since 2008, CIF has built a portfolio of over 400 investments in 72 developing and middle-income countries to scale up renewable energy and clean technologies, mainstream climate resilience in development plans and action, and support the sustainable management of forests. Although most programs and projects are still in the early stages of implementation, our funding has already contributed to over 3 gigawatts of new renewable energy capacity and close to 3 million people are already benefiting from CIF-supported climate resilience measures. CIF has also operated as a laboratory for testing new approaches to climate impact investment, supporting a wide spectrum of technologies, from green energy to water management, transportation, agriculture, and others that can be brought to scale. CIF has also pioneered new approaches and practices in areas such as metrics, accounting practices, and indicators for tracking the impact of various actions for climate mitigation. As countries and business leaders take a more aggressive stance against climate change, they can look to the CIF for examples and lessons on maximising the impact of climate investments that are inclusive and transformational.  

     

    Climate Strategies is an international, not-for-profit research network with an expansive network of world-leading researchers as members. Climate Strategies catalyses action by providing robust evidence for decision makers and facilitating meaningful interactions between policymakers, researchers, and other stakeholders. We provide evidence-based policy recommendations grounded in research and centre our projects on collaboration to ensure diverse actors are represented in research and policy dialogues. We focus on capacity building in key topics by working closely with in-country institutions and leading researchers around the world to provide a space for national thought leadership on key climate issues, including Just Transitions.

     

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