Government group network on climate change mainstreaming

An international network of government planners is sharing strategies on how to mainstream climate change into development planning.

2011 - ongoing
Climate-resilient development
A programme of work showing how IIED is supporting governments, civil society and communities to achieve climate-resilient development outcomes for the most vulnerable people
A meeting of community members in Bangladesh. Similar meetings will feed into an international network of government planners sharing strategies on how to mainstream climate change into development planning (Photo: Isabelle Lemaire)

A meeting of community members in Bangladesh. Similar meetings will feed into an international network of government planners sharing strategies on how to mainstream climate change into development planning (Photo: Isabelle Lemaire)

The group plans to develop a platform to share knowledge, experiences and lessons learned in designing and implementing public policy responses to climate change.

Climate change is a global problem – but adapting to the impacts of climate change needs to happen at the local level. Recognising this, government officials from Asia and Africa have formed the Government Group Network for Climate Change Mainstreaming. The group is a community of practice of government staff working at national and local levels on climate change planning and budgeting.

The group's aim is to ensure that climate change is mainstreamed into national and sub-national development plans, projects and programmes for sustainable development. Its key objectives are to:

  1. Create a platform for sharing knowledge and experience
  2. Promote networking among group members who face common development challenges for sustainable development, and
  3. Communicate and disseminate knowledge.

The initiative started in 2011 and involved eight countries. It now has had 14 countries participating in its activities: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Laos, Myanmar, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Rwanda, Tanzania, The Gambia, Uganda and Zanzibar. The group's growth shows that governments are increasingly aware that climate change is a critical issue and that international interaction is a positive thing.

What is IIED doing?

IIED has been working with and supporting the group since its formation by:

  • Providing technical and strategic advice
  • Strengthening capacity through writeshops and strategy meetings
  • Sponsoring participation to key international events and conferences, and
  • Producing knowledge products written by the group.

Group members

The Gambia

Isatou CamaraIsatou F. Camara (MA in Agricultural Economics) Expertise: Development Planning
Principal development planner, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, The Gambia

  • Formulating national development plans and monitoring and evaluating programmes and projects within the plans
  • Coordinating Planning functions within and across sectors/regions
  • Analysing the monthly and quarterly fiscal reports to monitor the implementation of the annual budget and review its consistency with the attainment of the medium-term and long-term development objectives.
    Contact: [email protected]


Sheikh Moinul Islam Moin Sheikh Moinul Islam Moin (BA Business Administration) Expertise: Communication & Negotiation, Climate Finance, Local Adaptation
Bangladesh Civil Service (Economic Affairs); assistant chief, Macro & Perspective Planning Wing, private secretary to member (GED); Climate Change Focal Point (7th Five Year Plan 2015-16 to 2019-20); General Economics Division; Planning Commission; Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh

  • Looking after the climate change issues in national plan documents
  • Coordinating training programmes on climate change in the context of development planning
  • Coordinating the formulation of long, medium and short-term plans
  • Preparing analytical reports on contemporary macroeconomic issues
  • Reviewing and preparing project proposals
  • Managing technical assistance projects.
    Contact: [email protected]


Vincent Mutie NzauVincent Mutie Nzau (MA Economics) Expertise: Development economics
Senior economist in the Ministry of Devolution and Planning

  • Preparing  long-term and medium-term development plans. These include national development plans, regional-based development plans, County Integrated Development Plans and sectoral plans
  • Researching and collecting micro-economic and macro-economic data and analysis, plus monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects, and
  • Working with government, civil society and private sector partners at local, national and international levels on policy analysis, training, capacity-building support and facilitation within action-research programmes.
    Contact: [email protected]


Hari Prasad SharmaHari Prasad Sharma (MA Public Administration, MPhil English)
International Economic Cooperation Coordination Division, Ministry of Finance, Nepal

  • Coordinating with Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Climate Investment Fund, Global Environment Facility and United Nations Development Programme, especially in the matters of aid mobilisation
  • Managing information and updating records of projects and programs, updating information relating to foreign aid commitments in aid management platform
  • Preparing talking points for discussion with development partners and line agencies, drafting proposals for cabinet submission, and preparing press releases.
    Contact: [email protected]; [email protected]


Sihaba Haji VuaiSihaba Haji Vuai (M.Sc. Fisheries Policy and Planning) Expertise: Fisheries Management
Head of climate change unit, Department of Environment, The First Vice President's Office, Zanzibar

  • Preparing and monitoring the implementation of climate change-related policies, acts, regulations, tools and guidelines
  • Coordinating the implementation of climate change activities
  • Mobilising resources for the implementation of activities and responsibilities of the unit
  • Promoting gender-sensitive community involvement and participation in climate-change adaptation and mitigation
  • Promoting outreach programs for public/community awareness rising on climate-change impacts and variability
  • Mobilising and encouraging communities to develop and implement local adaptation plans of action
  • Making inventory of areas affected by climate change impacts and preparing rehabilitation plans for the affected areas in consideration with the use of environmental friendly measures.
    Contact: [email protected]