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.
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
Effectiveness of River Basin Organisations – an institutional review of three African RBOs
This assessment has been written by Sida's Helpdesk for Environment and Climate change on the request of the regional team at the Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi. The focus was to investigate RBO effectiveness with a particular focus on the role of development partners.
Prioritising future regional development cooperation in Sub-Saharan Africa- a theoretical input.
What is an environmental problem? How do we recognise an emerging environmental problem? In what way is an environmental problem regional? The regional team at the Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi has requested methodological support from the Helpdesk for Environment and Climate Change to help identify, assess and prioritise regional environmental problems.