What does successful adaptation look like, and what do we want to measure in the context of adaptation, national development and SDGs?


IIED organised a webinar on 28 June 2018 to discuss how developing country governments can assess adaptation actions to inform national planning and international reporting. 

What do we want to measure?

The video playlist below features the webinar introduction, 3 presentations and the concluding question and answer session:

IIED is a part of GIZ funded consortium that provides Support for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPA). With its focus on adaptation, M&E and transparency, the programme seeks to improve and share understanding on which Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) approaches, tools and indicators have had greatest utility to national decision makers and how learning from these approaches could enable national decision making and adaptation reporting in the context of Paris Agreement.

This webinar was the first of a series, setting out what adaptation success means and what we want to measure in the context of adaptation and national development.

Outline of the Programme

  • IIED Senior Researcher Neha Rai introduced the webinar
  • Timo Leiter, Advisor Climate Adaptation and Climate Finance, GIZ set the scene by introducing the relevance of the topic and why it is important to invest in M&E for adaptation
  • Simon Anderson, Senior Fellow, from IIED discussed 'what do we want to measure?' in the context of adaptation, national development and SDGs:  focussing on different pillars of adaptation M&E
    • climate risk management (institutions, governance and enabling environments)
    • vulnerability
    • resilience and adaptive capacity (adaptation performance)
    • development outcomes: human and environmental wellbeing (development performance)
    • climate information/data
  • Tracy Kajumba, Regional Senior Climate Change and Development Advisor, Irish Aid, Uganda, grounded some of these concepts by sharing how Uganda has integrated climate change indicators into its national indicators under its Output Budgeting Tool, used by the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development.