Adapt approaches each project by drawing on the strength of partnership and collaboration. Examples of our work are included below.
THE GREENWIN PROJECT
We worked with the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) to lead the South African component of the GreenWin project, a European Commission-funded international interdisciplinary collaboration. GreenWin comprises 32 international academic, civil society, and social purpose business partners. It aims to support all levels of climate action, from finance to coastal risk management. With partners in Spain, India and Indonesia, our work honed in on bottom-up, distributed solutions to Energy Poverty Eradication and Climate Resilient Livelihoods through Win-Win Solutions. In the South African context, this work was strongly connected to service delivery and municipal sustainability.
MOVING TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE PERFORMANCE-BASED PROCUREMENT IN THE WESTERN CAPE
Governments around the world are attempting to use their significant spending power to support their sustainable development goals, including resource efficiency, climate change resilience, or local economic development. However, public procurement is a complex and often politically fraught process. This work aimed to make sustainable public procurement practical and achievable for subnational governments. Moving towards sustainable performance-based procurement in the Western Cape was a collaboration between the Western Cape Government, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), and WWF South Africa. Adapt worked with WWF to identify key stakeholders, and undertake engagement and research. The project was built on working within the Western Cape Government, managed by Lauren Hermanus while working as the Green Economy Coordinator. She also established the partnerships necessary to undertake this work.
UNIDO & NCPC THEORY OF CHANGE FOR THE INDUSTRIAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECT
As part of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) has sought to apply a theory of change approach to the South Africa-based project, Industrial Energy Efficiency Improvement in South Africa through Mainstreaming the Introduction of Energy Management Systems and Energy Systems Optimization (IEE). We designed a bespoke facilitated theory of change process that allowed participants to assess work to date and plan for the future.
MUNICIPAL ENERGY IN SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa recently published its first official update to the national Draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018. Municipalities are impacted by these national energy investment decisions. They also play a critical and transforming role in the electricity sector. Adapt collaborated with the University of Cape Town's Energy Research Centre to assist the South African Local Governments Association (SALGA) to develop a clear, strategic position on the IRP, undertaking research, analysis and workshop facilitation.