Technical assistance

Technical assistance

The CTCN responds to requests received from developing countries that have been submitted by their NDEs. The CTCN assistance aims to help countries in identifying climate technologies that are suitable to their needs, in creating enabling conditions for the deployment of these technologies, and in facilitating access to funding that supports their use. The assistance provided is tailored to the needs expressed by the requesting country.

The CTCN does not provide funding directly to countries, but instead supports the provision of technical assistance provided by experts on specific climate technology sectors. Through its “Ask an Expert” assistance, the CTCN provides remote technical advice on specific questions, for which in-country assistance is not needed.

In addition, the CTCN provides in-country assistance as appropriate to assist developing countries at their request. Technical assistance requiring limited support will be considered a “quick response” (representing a value of less than USD50,000) and will generally be provided by the Climate Technology Centre (CTC), including its Consortium Partners. Assistance for a more complicated request is considered a “response project” (representing a value up to about USD250,000) and will be executed by organizations from the Climate Technology Network (CTCN), with oversight and guidance provided by the CTC.

In particular, the CTCN will deliver five main types of support:

  • - Technical assessments, including technical expertise and recommendations related to specific technology needs, identification of technologies, technology barriers, technology efficiency, as well as piloting and deployment of technologies.
  • - Technical support for policy and planning documents, include strategies and policies, roadmaps and action plans, regulations and legal measures
  • - Trainings
  • - Tools and methodologies
  • - Implementation plans

See summaries of actual technical assistance requests made by various countries

Read examples of full requests for technical assistance

Who can receive CTCN technical assistance?

  • Academic institutions
  • Governments
  • NGOs
  • Private sector

How it works:

  1. Academic, government, NGO and/or private sector representatives work with their National Designated Entity, the CTCN focal point selected by each country, to identify what type of technical assistance they need in order to implement their technology-related climate plans
  2. The NDE conveys the request to CTCN
  3. A team of climate technology experts from the CTCN, its Consortium, and Network work with the NDE to provide a solution that is tailored to the needs of the individual country

Note about technical assistance requests:

At this time, there is no limit to the number of requests that each country may submit. As the CTCN reaches its capacity for responding to technical requests, the number of requests per country/year may be limited.

The CTCN provides technical assistance rather than direct funding to countries. However, in some cases the CTCN can help to play a matchmaking role with funding sources.