Preparing for Carbon Taxes in Africa
The Eastern Africa Alliance on Carbon Markets and Climate Finance, the West African Alliance on Carbon Markets and Climate Finance (together, the Alliances), and the UNFCCC engaged GTSI to develop a six-module intensive course on carbon taxation in Africa to further their strategy of capacity building among member countries in Eastern and Western Africa. The project extended existing carbon tax course materials (including the World Bank’s Carbon Tax Guide and associated training materials previously developed by GTSI and partners) to include extensive Africa-specific content, including examples, analysis, exercises, guest speakers, and case studies relevant to carbon pricing in African countries.
GTSI developed and delivered training materials to support government officials in Eastern and Western Africa as they consider options for adopting carbon taxes and/or other carbon pricing mechanisms. Working from a course platform developed with St. George’s University, GTSI delivered the course in six online sessions, over approximately 12 hours in April 2021. Class meetings a lecture, in-class exercises and polls, open discussion, and guest speakers. After conclusion of the course, the online platform was transformed to enable ongoing asynchronous use of all course recordings and materials.
In a related project, GTSI developed a module focused on Africa-specific carbon tax considerations. This module is designed to complement the World Bank/UNITAR five-module asynchronous course on carbon taxes which was previously developed by GTSI in partnership with Climate Focus.