Handbook 1: Key pillars of the UNA programme approach

The concept of deep-scaling, or building on work that’s already been done, is central to the UNA programme methodology. Much of the success of later UNA initiatives, like UNA Rivers, is a direct result of having worked with the same project city for multiple years, over multiple project periods. In this case, UNA Africa, which was implemented first, paved the way for accelerated action by building relationships (see below) with stakeholders and assessing opportunities and challenges in four African cities. UNA Rivers then expanded on and strengthened the groundwork laid at three of the initial sites. In addition to building on existing ICLEI Africa work, the UNA team also always ensures it understands what has already been done, and what’s currently being done, in a city before moving forward with project activities.


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