Promoting Enhanced Regional Collaboration

 Updates from December 2019

USAID Clean Power Asia continues to engage with new partners in areas of cooperation to scale program impacts and connect across interagency initiatives. This month, USAID Clean Power Asia’s Deputy Chief of Party Winston Chow joined a panel of experts at a training on Enhancing Regional Capacity of NDC Implementation and MRV Framework Establishment in Bangkok hosted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Thai Greenhouse Gas Organization. This training supports enhanced strategic engagement with the Japanese government on regional initiatives to accelerate renewables deployment in Southeast Asia, with the goal of driving strengthened financing for climate mitigation projects through multilateral development funds, such as the Green Climate Fund.

 

How we promote enhanced regional collaboration

USAID Clean Power Asia works closely with partners and stakeholders across the region to build strategic relationships with organizations whose missions align with and complement the program. The ASEAN Center for Energy is a subcontractor, and international bodies such as the International Energy Agency and the International Renewable Energy Agency are engaged in program events to share lessons learned and best practices from across ASEAN. The program helps to promote enhanced regional cooperation by encouraging government counterparts and private sector actors to view one another as partners and collaborators, to gain an appreciation of the others’ needs and capabilities, and to begin to understand how to utilize the wealth of resources among them.

The program employs regional and international partners to share knowledge and lessons to benefit those contemplating similar steps in their systems. ASEAN member states have more to gain from coordinated efforts and knowledge sharing than they do going it alone in this rapidly evolving space. USAID Clean Power Asia ensures that coordination and learning are built into all activities and provide value to USAID and the many actors along the renewable energy value chain.