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ADDRESSING INEQUALITY GAP AMONG THE KENYAN YOUTH IN THE CONTEXT OF NATIONALLY DETERMINED CONTRIBUTIONS (NDCs), NATIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION PLAN (NCCAP) AND CLIMATE FINANCE
Young people are the key to unlocking some of the greatest challenges facing Africa such as poverty and climate change. They are the pillars or greatest force the world has to steer the world towards position change. While this is true we cannot deny the fact that there are a couple of obstacles that prevent the young people from fully realizing their potential as change drivers in the society. This has led to a setback in the world being able to meet some of its goals. The young people have the technical capacity in terms of attitude, energy, dynamism and high affinity to technology which are key tools necessary for any driver of change. Lately youth and students around the world are striking from schools to demand for climate action from their governments.
It is upon the need for young people to contribute to climate action, that Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) together with African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC) Kenya in collaboration with 350 Kenya youth are planning a two day workshop on 4th and 5th April to outline the impact of inequality gap with reference to education, employment, governance and health and the influence of these sectors on the implementation of NDCs, NCCAP and access to climate finance.
The workshop will also come as a build-up to the global United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum to be held in Nairobi on the 8th and 9th of April 2019, Which seeks to recognize the young people as drivers of change and of development within the spheres of climate change under the theme of Empowered, Included and Equal.
Specifically, the workshop will seek to:
- Deliberate upon the inequality gaps in these five sectors of focus.
- Understand how the inequality gaps in these sectors affect implementation of Kenya's NDCs, NCCAP and Access to Climate Finance.
- Determine the existing opportunities for the youth to tap into within the inequality gaps.
- Recommend policy options to enhance youth involvement in inequality debate
NATIONAL TRAINING FOR CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS (CSOS) ON GREEN CLIMATE FUND (GCF) PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE BUDGETING AND CODING.
Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) in collaboration with National treasury (National Designated Authority) will train CSOs on Climate change budgeting and coding skills. This will not only improve their Capacity but also enhance their skills to track climate Finance Flows in Kenya. Moreover CSO will be trained on GCF processes and how to develop bankable proposals on the same. The two day training will take place on the 4th and 5th this month.
The training will also help interrogate Kenya’s capacity for increased climate finance, with a focus on three elements: the prevailing governance (legal, policy and institutional) framework; climate finance flows mechanisms or modalities; and the country’s capacity to access international climate finance at scale, with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) chosen as an ideal case study.
A number of initiatives aimed at assessing and building developing countries’ capacity to absorb climate finance at scale and to effectively utilise the same are underway. One such initiative in Kenya is the Angaza Project (Strengthening Civil Society Organisations (CSO) Advocacy for Improved Climate Change Governance in Kenya) that is spearheaded by the PACJA with the support of Department for International Development (DFID) through Deepening Democracy Program (DDP).
Angaza Project has three objectives, one of which is tracking and monitoring climate financing to ensure that the Exchequer budgetary allocations and other climate finance streams for climate change activities meet the needs of the most vulnerable communities and individuals at the frontline of climate change impacts. This work is to be spearheaded by the Climate Finance Working Group.
Specific Objective of the Meeting
- To train CSO on Green Climate Fund (GCF) with an aim of enhancing their capacity to develop bankable proposals and access funding
- To discuss and input to climate change Budgeting and coding Manual which targets to enhance transparency in climate financing
Climate Change and Environmental reporting in Africa is important because the media will help to improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning. Few African journalists have Science & Environmental reporting training and editors do not have the time and resources to nurture their reporters like they used to due to the changing media landscape that demands more from its journalists.
It is in this context that Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) is planning a fourth media training that will bring together experts from selected media houses to undergo Trainer of Trainers (ToTs) course. The main aim for the training is to provide a need-based reference skills suitable for journalists by building a critical team of trainers who will support the growth of climate change reporting.
PACJA has so far conducted three successful journalists’ trainings. The first took place alongside the fourth edition of the African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting (ACCER) Awards in October 2018. The second one, brought journalists from the counties with the aim of building their capacity so as to use the channels at their disposal for the purposes of Climate change communication. The third training took place in mid-February, and brought together journalists from various counties to be trained particularly on the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), a set of actions Kenya has committed to undertake as part of its obligation under the Paris Agreement.
The training has been picked based on the assessment and tracking of the journalists activities ever since the capacity building exercise began. This is in line with PACJA’s strategic Objective in public engagement and mobilization that mandates the Alliance to raise public awareness, mobilize and empower citizens in Africa and globally to pressure their governments on environmental rights.
The training also seeks to:
- To simplify and demystify climate change and environmental jargon to suit them into normal journalistic styles and embed this in a life training manual that will inform the formation of journalists across the journalistic field.
- To contribute to the ongoing effort to building a critical mass of African journalists with focus on climate change and environmental reporting by enabling independent journalists to become critical investigators and storytellers of the real impact that climate change, climate actions and development solutions have on real people
Environmental Capacities and Technical Services Institute (ECAS) in collaboration with the Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation (ICCA), Kenya Industrial Estate (KIE), Frederich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) has organized a third national dialogue themed Inclusive Green Growth: Investing for a Sustainable Big 4 Agenda.
Building from the past and ongoing processes that seek to promote green growth, it can be deduced that Green Growth is not a state but a process of transformation and a constant dynamic progression
The concept of equity and green growth was well captured and recommended as one of the outcomes of the 1st and 2nd Natural Green Growth Dialogues and affirmed the need to explore avenues through which researchers, policy makers and practitioners could initiate dialogues to contribute to equitable green growth. Moreover Small Scale and Medium enterprise (SMEs) in Kenya are vulnerable to climate change and their level of understanding on how to mitigate and adapt in their operation is limited, due to lack of resources. They are unlikely to have in-house experts on climate change and sustainability, and their funds to bring in outside consultants are limited. SMEs, therefore, are less prepared for climate impacts and more likely to suffer from them. Furthermore, SMEs in Kenya often do not have access to key affordable financial products such as loans, insurance and the technical capacity to manage such resources available to them
The workshop will take place between 8am and 5pm on Wednesday 3rd April, 2019.Read more
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