National Capacity Self Assessment (NCSA)

National Capacity Self Assessment (NCSA)

Project Category: 


Project Scope:

The National Capacity Self Assessment (NCSA) project was devised to assess the national institutional capacity available to implement the three conventions signed by the Government of Pakistan (GoP) at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The three conventions signed were; 1)- United Nations  Convention on Biological  Diversity  (UNCBD), 2)- United  Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and 3)- United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

The objectives of the study were:

  • Identification of national capacity constraints and priorities to  meet Pakistan's  international  commitments  contained  in  the  three  Rio conventions on Biodiversity, Climate Change and Desertification
  • Determine  how best to develop this capacity to meet  Pakistan's commitment  to  global  environmental  management   through  the production of a strategy and action plan


AiD was responsible for conducting a national level capacity assessment to identify the institutional gaps pertaining to the thematic areas under the Rio Conventions and develop actionable recommendations.

The assessment process involved the following five distinct stages:

  • Establishing linkages amongst stakeholders through  consultations and awareness generation
  • Assessing baselines and stocktaking
  • Conducting thematic assessments
  • Cross cutting assessments
  • Action Planning

The outcome of this study was the NCSA action plan for Pakistan in the form of a report. The report recommended goals, objectives and strategies for national capacity  development,  including  priority  actions,  the  timeframe,  possible funding and responsibilities for implementing the recommendations.

Key Staff Engaged:

  • Team Leader
  • Project Coordinator
  • Field Coordinator
  • Subject Specialists
  • Communication Specialist

Name of Client: 

  • Ministry of Environment (MoE)-Pakistan-United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Project Duration/ Timeline: 

February 2008 to October 2008

Approx. value of the contract: 

US$ 84,000


  • Pakistan