INTRAC’s support to CASA

From 2019 to early 2023, INTRAC provided monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) support to the Climate Ambition Support Alliance (CASA) programme.

The CASA programme supported climate-vulnerable country voices to engage and play a key role in international climate negotiations and increase global appetite for ambitious climate action.

Over the course of our involvement with the CASA programme, INTRAC provided MEL support to PwC, the programme lead, and the seven ‘alliance partners’ Climate Analytics, DAI, Germanwatch, International Institute for Environment and Development, Independent Diplomat, Legal Response International (LRI), and ODI.

INTRAC led a participatory MEL approach, prioritising practical learning and adaptation. INTRAC worked with each alliance partner, utilising outcome mapping against set progress markers to rate the degree of system change (from negative to transformative change), and also rate the level of contribution for each partner to that change.

CASA and climate ambition

The alliance partners provided a range of technical, legal, media, strategic and diplomatic assistance to help developing countries design and implement more effective climate policies, laws and regulatory frameworks. In particular, countries from three groups were supported through the programme: the Group of Least Developed Countries (LDCs), the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), and the Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Additionally, the programme supports the Republic of the Marshal Islands and countries of the High Ambition Coalition (HAC).

The countries supported by the programme are among the poorest and most climate-vulnerable in the world, however their participation and voice at climate negotiations and international fora have been historically marginal at best. The CASA programme seeks to address this, creating a fairer, more inclusive negotiation process that enables the meaningful participation of climate-vulnerable country negotiators, supporting the ambition to keep global warming to less than 1.5°C, and reducing the prospects of rapidly escalating climate extremes and risks.

The Climate Ambition Support Alliance was funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Note that BEIS was closed in 2023, and its activities split between three other Departments.