Transformational change

In the context of the NAMA Facility, projects are considered as conducive to transformational change if they: 

  • contribute to enabling either a significant evolution in terms of scope (e.g. scaling-up or replication), or enabling a faster and/or a significant shift from one state to another;
  • have a catalytic effect and include mechanisms to ensure the sustainability of the impacts, local ownership and political will, the involvement of the private sector and the use of innovative technologies and approaches, and;
  • allow for systematic learning processes.

As the concept of transformational change towards sustainable low-emission development is a rather new concept it will likely be adjusted as knowledge evolves. Transformational change as well as the objective of change is characterised by the process. The process towards low-emission development must be self-reinforcing, and the goals of this process must contribute to long-term sustainable development. The process must identify and address the agents of change, the innovation itself and how it fits into the framework conditions (economic, societal, environmental), as well as into the institutions of change.

The operationalisation

With the NAMA Facility, the potential for transformational change of a NAMA Support Project is assessed at the outlining stage and forms part of the ambition assessment. The Outline Template provides guiding questions to applicants. Each guiding question corresponds to one factor for strengthening the transformational change potential. Since the overall potential for transformational change depends on the right combination of elements as well as the right timing, the potential for transformational change is evaluated at a qualitative level.

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