Transformational Change

NAMA Facility Working Definition of Transformational Change

The climate crisis requires urgent action to avoid further negative impacts on our planet and societies. A gradual change is not sufficient to cope with the current crisis. What is needed is a transformational change.

“Transformational change is a catalytic change in systems and behaviours resulting from disruptive climate actions that enable actors to shift to carbon-neutral pathways.”

The NAMA Facility supports transformational change that has strong national ownership and is in line with the Paris Agreement and countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions. This type of change requires taking high risks – hence the NAMA Facility’s international climate finance to support actors pursuing such change processes. Transformational change goes beyond individual projects or interventions and requires built-in incremental learning processes that allow fearless learning and mechanisms that trigger a self-reinforcing dynamic and prevent reversion.

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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