Sida’s Helpdesk for Environment and Climate Change is commissioned by Sida – the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency – to assist Sida staff in integrating environmental (including climate change and disaster risk reduction) perspectives into Swedish development cooperation. The Helpdesk gives support, on demand, by providing advice and strategic guidance on environmental integration at policy, program and project level. It also supports capacity building, development of tools and methods for environmental integration and dialogue concerning environmental issues.
All Sida and Embassy staff are welcome to use the Helpdesk service. The Helpdesk can provide services for assignments that cover up to 15 working days. The costs are covered by the Global Programme and the services hence do not require any formal decsion or additional funds.
Place a request at : firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond to it for quick feedback and action.
Climate Change in Syria – trends, projections and implications (2015)
This background document has been developed as an input to the Swedish results strategy process for Syria at the request of Syria Strategy Group, Sida, Stockholm.
Colombia Environment and Climate Change Policy Brief (2015)
This Policy Brief outlines key environmental and climate change issues in Colombia and discusses how these are linked to conflicts, human rights and a post-conflict scenario. The analysis provides input to the ongoing process to draft a new Swedish cooperation strategy for Colombia and responds to the Swedish governments thematic priority of Environment and Climate Change in Development Cooperation.
Water and Sanitation briefs 2015
Four briefs developed for Sida in 2015 by the Sida Helpdesk for Environment and Climate Change. The four briefs contains information on i) Transboundary water cooperation in Africa, ii)Transboundary water cooperation in MENA, iii) Transboundary water cooperation in the Mekong and iv) Governance.
Human rights to water Water and Sanitation in Burkina Faso – lessons from theory and practice
To what extent has human rights and human rights based approaches been used in the Water and Sanitation sector in Burkina Faso? The Helpdesk was asked to review government policies, discusss with key actors in the Burkinabe Water sector and interview Sida staff in Ouagadougou about their lessons learned. We found that the right to water and sanitation has strong legal backing in Burkina through international conventions and national legislation. The government has also adopted a policy on human rights which includes the mainstreaming of the principles of participation, transparency, accountability and non-discrimination in all government sectors. It is however only recently that the government and the sector actors have started openly discussing water and sanitation as a human right. There are good opportunities for improving accountability mechamisms, making better use of available data and increasing awareness and capacity. Sweden could further promote this development and explore opportunities for synergies between programmes in the water and sanitation and democracy, human rights and gender sectors.
Information briefs on gender issues related to food security, land rights and WASH
Three briefs developed for Sida in 2015 by the Sida Helpdesk for Environment and Climate Change. The three briefs contains information on i) Women and Food Security, ii) Women and Land Rights, and iii) Women and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene