About the NAP Global Network and its TTFs

Since 2014 the NAP Global Network has been working with developing countries to enhance their national adaptation planning and action. It does so by enhancing bilateral support for countries’ NAP processes, supporting countries to develop and implement their NAP process, and facilitating international peer learning and exchange between countries facing similar challenges in the NAP process.

TTFs are the NAP Global Network’s initial flagship offering, bringing together representatives from developing countries around the world to discuss key challenges and issues in the NAP process. The forums are designed to be highly participatory to allow for a free and open exchange of knowledge between country representatives.

To provide an environment that is rich in learning, exchange and opportunities for action, each TTF is designed around three pillars of interaction:

  • Technical, where inputs from experts enhance understanding and frame discussions around key topics
  • Relational, where participants share experiences and learn from their peers from around the world
  • Reflexive, where country representatives take time to reflect on what they have learned from the technical inputs and peer interactions and consider how they might apply it in their home contexts

Figure 1. TTFs are part of a change process involving generating new knowledge, convening dialogue, and supporting national action on emerging opportunities

Importantly, TTFs are not one-off or stand-alone workshops. The network uses a “cohort” approach where participating countries each send teams of three representatives to participate in forums. These teams then reconvene annually through TTFs that build on each other. This way, the TTFs helped to build a community of peers who know and trust each other and can offer support between meetings throughout their NAP processes. TTFs are also embedded in a wider cycle of activities that feed the events with robust theoretical and practical content, and they support opportunities for national action based on the outcomes of the workshops (see Figure 1). This cycle is intended to increase the relevance and usefulness of NAP Global Network knowledge products and TTF events for network members.

To date, this approach has inspired participants and given them practical ideas about how to advance their NAP process.

“At last year’s Targeted Topics Forum, we exchanged lessons with Vanuatu on how to integrate all sectors. In Vanuatu, all the stakeholders in the NAP process shared their experiences on a coordinating committee. We adopted this approach in Madagascar and it went well.”

Jane Razanamiharisoa, NAP Focal Point, Madagascar