International Climate Initiative (ICI) Vertical integration and learning for low-emission development (V-LED) in Africa and Southeast Asia

The Vertical integration and learning for low-emission development (V-LED) in Africa and Southeast Asia project is part of the International Climate Initiative (ICI), supported by the German Government. The project aims at strengthening national and subnational capacities to promote low-emission development and resilience in South Africa, Kenya, Vietnam and the Philippines. OneWorld, alongside Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) was the implementing partner for South Africa and primarily supported South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in strengthening climate governance across the country.

Specifically, OneWorld facilitated the integration of the three tiers of government (national, provincial and local) in climate governance, through stakeholder engagement and capacity building. In particular, the projected worked to strengthen the country’s ability to deliver its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the Multilateral climate agreement.

As such, OneWorld played an integral role in the facilitation of learning, knowledge exchange and networking between municipalities and other tiers of government, achieved by supporting dialogue and policy alignment between national structures and targets, and through creating cross-learning platforms. 

The research component of the project included examining multi-level climate governance in South Africa, and various means of catalysing climate finance to promote climate response. OneWorld conducted research on the adaptation-mitigation nexus in SA, a country that is in the relatively unusual position of having to contribute to global carbon emission reductions while developing response strategies to the inevitable impacts of climate change.

Under this component, OneWorld and SEA organised and facilitated numerous dialogues and round-tables in South Africa to understand how the implementation of the NDCs unfolds between national and sub-national actors, and what types of coordination enable local climate action and low-emission development and support the localisation of the NDCs.

Additionally, OneWorld co-facilitated the knowledge exchange study tour between South African and Kenyan local governments in 2017.


Project Data


German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)


South Africa (primary); Kenya


February 2015 – February 2019
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