The reports below are publications by Sida’s Helpdesk for Environment and Climate Change.

Green Economy Information Brief (2017)

The current global economic growth path is ecologically unsustainable. Production and consumption degrade and deplete many of the world’s environmental resources. There is thus a need for new approaches that can promote inclusive and environmentally sustainable economic development – a green economy. Working towards a green economy (GE) offers such approaches. It conforms with Agenda 2030, Sweden’s policy framework for international development cooperation1 and Sida’s Environmental Policy. It also promotes broad-based employment and reduction of poverty in its various dimensions. This brief explains why green economy is needed, what it is, how it can be done, and what Sida does, and can do, to promote it.

Zimbabwe Environmental and Climate Change Policy Brief (2016)

This Environmental and Climate Change Policy Brief aims to inform Sweden’s cooperation strategy process and provide analytic input to Sida’s preparation of a new strategy proposal for cooperation with Zimbabwe (2016-2020).

The purpose of the policy brief is to give the Embassy of Sweden in Zimbabwe an overview of the strategic issues to consider with regards to environment and climate change. It aims at briefly presenting key environmental sustainability challenges and opportunities in Zimbabwe, their linkages to poverty reduction and socio-economic development, in the context of the given entry points and areas of cooperation for Swedish development cooperation in Zimbabwe.

Tanzania Environmental and Climate Change Policy Brief (2016)

This environment and climate change policy brief has been written by the Helpdesk on request by the Swedish Embassy in Dar es Salaam. It provides an updated overview of challenges, causes, impacts of environment and climate challenges. The brief also includes opportunities arising from sound management of environment and natural resources and climate adaptation and mitigation and a review of policy frameworks and institutional capacity for managing environmental challenges. Finally the Helpdesk makes suggestions on ways forward to strengthen environment and climate integration in Swedish development cooperation in Tanzania.

Green Economy Seminar at Sida

The Sida Helpdesk for Environment and Climate Change gave a presentation on Green Economy and Green Growth at a seminar at Sida on the 21st of April. The purpose of the seminar was to build capacity among Sida staff on green economy/green growth issues and also to identify and promote areas of work to operationalize Green economy at Sida. Over 35 participants from Sida and Swedish Embassies (Kenya, Rwanda, Liberia, Mali, Zimbabwe and Uganda.) attended the seminar.

Report on management of pesticide related health and environmental risks

Daniel Slunge at Sida's Helpdesk for Environment and Climate Change presented the report “Assessment of safeguarding systems for the use of pesticides within Swedish financed programmes in Tanzania” at a meeting at Sida on April 19.
The report identifies shortcomings in the identification, monitoring and management of pesticide related risks in the reviewed Swedish supported programmes, and provides the following recommendations:
- clarify Sida’s position on the use and management of pesticides.
- make it mandatory for partner organisations to conduct an assessment of health and environmental risks for programmes involving pesticides.
- assure that there is a plan to monitor and manage the identified health and environmental risks.
- include environment and health aspects in contractual agreements with partner organisations
- support government capacity to regulate agrochemical market and promotion of IPM

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.