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Vertical integration and learning for low-emission development (V-LED)

As of: January 2021

The “Vertical integration and learning for low-emission development” (V-LED) project supports the governments of Kenya, the Philippines, South Africa and Viet Nam to tap the full potential of subnational climate action by strengthening vertical policy coordination processes and learning networks between local actors. Phase I (2015-2019) aimed to (1) facilitate collaboration between government levels through vertical climate dialogues, (2) strengthen horizontal learning through good practice exchanges, regional workshops and a study tour, (3) build local climate action capacities through toolkits and a series of trainings, and (4) research enabling factors for multi-level climate governance and local climate action. Phase II focuses on a ‘Coaching for Action’ strategy: selected subnational governments in South Africa and Kenya receive context-specific, on-the-job support to drive forward local climate actions. It also produces ‘real practice’ case studies of promising collaborative climate action mechanisms in Colombia, Kenya, the Philippines and South Africa.

State of implementation/results

  • Phase I of the V-LED project was concluded in January 2019. Activity reports and publications can be found on the project’s website:
  • The V-LED synthesis report summarises four years of project learnings, research and practitioner observations, offering clear and concise entry points for supporting multi-level climate governance and local climate action. “Entry Points to Support Collaborative Climate Action”, available at:…
  • In May 2019 the V-LED team brought its lessons learnt and practical insights on collaborative climate action to the ICCA2019 & Climate Neighborhoods conference in Heidelberg. Partners and project stakeholders from Kenya, South Africa, Philippines, Vietnam, Colombia and Germany jointly contributed to the South-South-North dialogue and learning character of the conference and co-facilitated and contributed to various workshops and plenary sessions.
  • In June 2019 V-LED organised in partnership with UCLG Africa, the breakout session “The practice of collaborative climate action & locally defined contributions – for a multi-level governance approach to NDC revisions” at the Global NDC Conference in Berlin. The session interactively explored successful mechanisms to scale up subnational climate action through collaboration across governing levels. The session shared V-LED’s lessons learnt and facilitated key inputs from UCLG Africa, the Philippine Climate Change Commission, the South African Local Government Association and an adelphi study on urban climate finance. More:…
  • ILEG kicked off V-LED II activities in Kwale County, Kenya, in December 2019. A first achievement of the project is the establishment of a Climate Change Unit in the Kwale County government. Supported by the project, the unit now coordinates the elaboration of a climate change policy framework and a climate change fund.
  • In South Africa, SEA started to work with eMalahleni local municipality and Nkangala district municipality. Both are located in Mpumalanga province, which is rich in minerals and coal reserves and home to extensive mining operations and South Africa's major coal-fired power stations. These major industries have had a detrimental impact on the environment and wellbeing of citizens. During the course of this year, the project will strengthen local capacities to support community-based organisations and local authorities transition to a sustainable future.
  • At the 10th World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi, V-LED supported BMU and GIZ’s Climate Policy Meets Urban Development project, to host the event “Localising global agendas – the case of Collaborative Climate Action”. Discussions centred around success factors and enhanced partnerships to accelerate ambition and scale-up climate action through collaboration across all levels of government, sector and borders.

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Project data

Colombia, Kenya, Philippines, South Africa, Viet Nam

Implementing organisation:
adelphi research gemeinnützige GmbH

Political partner(s):
  • Climate Change Commission (CCC) - Philippines
  • Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) - South Africa
  • Ministry of Construction - Viet Nam
  • Ministry of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development (MinAmbiente) - Colombia
  • Ministry of Environment and Forestry - Kenya

Implementing partner(s):
  • Institute for Law and Environmental Governance (ILEG) - Kenya
  • OneWorld Group
  • Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) - South Africa

BMU grant:
3.642.963,12 €

02/2015  till  06/2021



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