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Gender Responsive GCF Readiness for Africa - Webinar Meeting

Key Discussions

A Panafrican Climate Justice Alliance meeting with partners and its networks has deliberated on the relationship between National Designated Authorities (NDAs) and women on Green Climate Finance (GCF) access across the continent.

Yesterday, during a webinar discussion between interest groups and representatives from around Africa, it emerged that Kenya is the only country in Africa that has fully integrated gender in readiness for its climate change program by allocating resources for hiring of a gender expert. Kenya has also included gender in its project objectives and activities.

There are, however, several strategies that women advocates can apply in readiness for gender responsiveness to Green Climate Finance.

Those outlined in the meeting included involvement, from the onset, of gender-based organizations in concept development, proposal writing and beyond.

Women’s groups were found capable of making their interests in GCF known to NDAs, NIEs and IEs.  The same women can identify opportunities for gender mainstreaming and offer gender expertise to inform the readiness process.

Competency was found to be necessary as criteria for selecting proposals. The gender expertise and competence should also be included in the NDA technical committees.

There was also a proposal for the setting up and inclusion of women in the technical committee to the NDA as well as encouraging articulation of gender action plan and budget for the readiness proposal.

Several challenges have, however, been identified so far. They include limited access to information, restricted participation in the GCF activities, lack of capacity and collaborations among the Civil society organizations.

This calls for supporting CSO engagement in the critical early stages of GCF implementation.

But how do we do this?

To mitigate the above stated challenges, national level engagements through national stakeholder workshops were found to be necessary.

Regional level engagements through online webinars, participation in GCF board meetings, GCF discussions and debates, interactions with key players and other CSOs were also recommended.

International engagements and capacity support in the GCF discussions and policy decisions was also found to be a possible way up to helping women access GCF.

Action points for further Engagements

  • Information sharing and communications
  • Meaningful participation and inclusion
  • Capacity building
  • Interactions with other key GCF players
  • Policy coherence
  • Partnerships and collaborations
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(May 16th, 2019 to May 17th, 2019)

Concept Note


Order of St. Augustine – OSA (Ishiara parish), in partnership with Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) and with financial support from United Kingdom Aid Match grant through the Department For International development (DFID), is implementing a Community resilience and climate change adaptation project in drought ravaged Arid and Semi-Arid (Marginal mixed farmers agro-ecological zone) areas of Embu County.

In order to support communities in Embu County to cope and mitigate the effects of climate change, the project collaborates with PACJA in capacity building and creating awareness on the effects and impacts of climate change. The trainings basically focus on the climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies that will see the community members cope with the adverse environmental conditions. OSA-Ishiara in partnership with PACJA has organised a two-day workshop for the Community and local leaders on natural resource management and climate change adaptation.

 Climate change and climate variability pose major threats to the environment, to economic growth and to sustainable development. Africa is the continent least responsible for climate change but it is the most vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change. The negative effects include reduced agricultural production, reduced food security, increased incidences of flooding and droughts, widespread disease epidemics, and increased risk of conflict over scarce land and water resources.

Effects of Climate change are evidenced in Embu County as currently felt through unpredictable and unreliable rainfall (both annual and seasonal), steadily increased temperatures and emerging pests and diseases. The residents of Embu County have started to cope through various adaptation strategies, which include, but are not limited to agricultural production diversification, planting of drought tolerant crops, water harvesting, soil fertility manipulation, soil conservation, conservation agriculture and climate information use. Though the farmers are committed to the aforementioned efforts, little achievements have been made. This has been blamed on little knowledge, inadequate capacity, insufficient finances and little technical knowhow coupled with little or no commitment from the county and national governments in supporting citizens to adapt effectively and in a sustainable manner. In order to curb the many challenges, a need to build capacity has been felt. This will target local leaders, who later become the champions of climate change adaptation at the community level. This will be the core focus of the two-day workshop

 Purpose of Service Provision

 The central focus of OSA-ISHIARA parish is the improvement of livelihood for all categories of marginal mixed farmers in the county, while influencing Government institutions to provide an enabling environment for local communities to strive. The focal point of this workshop is to ensure the capacity of representatives of the local community of Evurore ward of Embu County is adequately built on natural resource management and climate change adaptation, while focusing on socio economic activities that are adversely affecting the state of the natural resource management within the ward and county as well as contributing to climate change. The activities are inclusive and not limited to:

  1. Deforestation that is mainly caused by the local population in their quest for fuel. This includes firewood and charcoal.
  2. Sand harvesting, which is mainly affecting the Mbeere North and Mbeere south sub-counties and in rare cases do the county decision makers want to hear the issue being addressed owing to the fact that it generates a greater percentage of the county revenue.
  3. Water resource pollution resulting from various human activities attributed to agricultural development and other minor industrial work.
  4. General land degradation attributed to high levels of soil erosion due to overgrazing and other forms of over exploitation of the land resources.


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Pan African climate justice alliance [PACJA] under the project strengthening capacity of pastoralist organizations to engage in climate change processes at national and regional levels funded by the open society initiative for eastern Africa (OSIEA) and implemented in East be conducting a county multi-stakeholder workshop to finalize engagements under the project.

For successful engagement and discussions with these players, PACJA had earlier organized in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania sensitization and capacity training workshop on UNFCCC process, food security and climate change to CSOs to impart them with the necessary skills. PACJA has also Facilitate the participation of Pastoralists organizations in South-South, North South Civil society and governmental climate related process, UNFCCC-COP processes at National and international level, agricultural/livestock related climate policy processes at national level and Exchange learning for Pastoralists organizations on climate change initiatives at national level. PACJA also conducted a policy analysis on pastoralism and climate Africa, will change in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.

These engagements had the objectives of strengthening the capacity of Pastoralists organizations in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania to engage in climate change processes at national and regional levels and building strong linkages and partnerships between Pastoralist organizations and other climate change Civil Society lobby groups at national, regional and international levels.

So far, PACJA has been able to Enhance capacity of Pastoralists organizations to engage and jointly lobby with other relevant stakeholders for pro-pastoralists responses to climate change and food security challenges at national, regional and international and Pastoralists groups understand climate change dialogue process and how to contribute to the debates at the national, regional and international climate change and food security processes and pastoralist communities can respond to the present climate change challenge and showcase various climate change response measures that communities practice


 Moving forward, and to assess the impacts of the project at regional Level, PACJA will hold a stakeholders finalization workshop to evaluate the transfer of knowledge from participations  in Climate related processes at regional and national Level, sensitization and capacity training workshop , exchange learning visits for the CSOs, actions undertaken so far and analyze overall project outcomes and identify the lessons learned so far-: challenges, lessons learned and recommended future actions.

 Workshop Expected Outcomes

  • Bring diverse perspectives from pastoral organizations From Kenya Uganda and Tanzania to share experiences during implementation of this project and their engagements in climate change process at national and regional level
  • Share lessons learned and opportunities identified by pastoral organizations while engaging in climate change process at national and regional level
  • Facilitate shared understanding of workable approaches for pastoral organizations in engaging in climate change process at national and regional level
  • Strengthen cooperation and enhance partnerships between the CSOs and governments and other key stakeholders in addressing climate challenges
  • Recommend best approaches for strengthening policies, institutions and practices for pastoral organizations in engaging in climate change process at national and regional level
  • Identify opportunities for coordinated policy responses, capacity building and implementation of best practices for pastoral organizations in engaging in climate change process at national and regional level

 Draft Agenda    Date: 15th MAY 2019









Presentation of overview of the whole project


10.00 -10.30


10.30 - 12.30

Sharing of Experiences  and lessons learned

·         Climate change bill and range land policy  – Uganda

·         Range land policy – Tanzania

·          Livestock policy Kenya


CSOs representative from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania


Q & A on the presentation





Identification of Challenges, gaps and opportunities to be  addresses by the project  

CSOs representative from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania


How can we use the gained experience and knowledge for future projects?

How can we replicate the successes in future projects?

     CSOs Representative

Next Steps  and Way Forward









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County Training Workshops on Green Climate Fund - Access and Modalities (Concept Note)

                  CONCEPT NOTE


  • Introduction

Climate change and climate variability pose major threats to the environment, to economic growth and to sustainable development. Africa is the continent least responsible for climate change but it is the most vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change. The negative effects include reduced agricultural production, reduced food security, increased incidences of flooding and droughts, widespread disease epidemics, and increased risk of conflict over scarce land and water resources.

Africa’s vulnerability is aggravated by the interaction of ‘multiple stresses’ occurring at various levels, coupled with the continent’s low adaptive capacity, which impact the continent’s prospects for long-term economic growth and sustainability. In Kenya, the adverse impact of climate change is compounded by local environmental degradation caused by illegal encroachments, deforestation and livestock overgrazing.

 Kenya’s most northern counties were ranked as the poorest in the country according to government statistics released in December 2011. The percentage of people living in poverty in Turkana, Samburu, Isiolo, Laikipia, Machakos, Mandera, Wajir and Marsabit counties was found to be 94.3, 87.8, 84 and 83.2 per cent respectively (Omari, 2011). Pastoralist communities in such counties are most vulnerable to the impacts of projected climate changes because widespread poverty limits adaptation capabilities.

 The solutions to this growing challenge lies in the ability of  these regions to access climate finance that can support resilience building activities that will cushion the vulnerable communities from the effects of climate change. 

 Climate finance refers to local, national or transnational financing, which may be drawn from public, private and alternative sources of financing. It is critical to address climate change due to its impact and large-scale investments which are required to reduce emissions, notably in sectors that emit large quantities of greenhouse gases, and to adapt to the adverse effects. The Paris Agreement obligated countries to commit to preparing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) which contain the climate action as part of the global effort to transition to a low carbon, climate resilient world so as to access Green Climate Fund (GCF). Indeed, there is urgent need to down scale NDCs and NAPs to the Counties by coming up with bankable proposals that can be submitted to GCF Board for approval.

 2.0 Rationale

 Among the climate change funding mechanisms available today is The Green Climate Fund (GCF) which is a newly established fund financial Mechanism under the UNFCCC – Paris Agreement along with Adaption Fund & GEF, created to support the efforts of developing countries to respond to the challenge of climate change. GCF helps developing countries limit or reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to climate change. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a new global fund created to support the efforts of developing countries to respond to the challenge of climate change, it helps developing countries limit or reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to climate change as well as seek to promote a paradigm shift to low-emission and climate-resilient development pathway, taking into account the needs of nations that are particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts.

 Despite the fact that there is a diversity of funding mechanism in this discourse, many communities, civil societies and even county government are either unaware of the availability of these mechanisms or they have no idea how to apply for the funding. It is in this context that Pan Africa Climate Justice Alliance with support from Angaza and Community Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation project through the support of TROCAIRE Projects are partnering with the government through the Treasury National Designated Authority Climate Change unit are organizing a training workshop targeting Counties officers in-charge of Climate Change and  CSOs to equip them with information on a variety of climate change financing mechanisms, guide them in development of bankable climate change proposals and governance in climate change and to help CSOs track and monitor the process and ensure CSOs inclusion in the process.


 3.0 Objectives


The objectives of the training workshop are to:

  1. To build the capacity of partners CSOs to effectively engage in the drafting of bankable GCF proposals
  2. To equip members of the platform to be able to monitor and track the CC funds available and expected
  3. Build the capacity of CSO’s on existing policy frameworks at national and county level that support access to climate finance from various sources.


3.0       Expected Outcomes

The key expected outcomes from this workshop are:

  • Improved capacity of CSOs to engage effectively on governance in climate change at county level
  • Improved capacity of CSO’s to develop competitive, innovative, transformative and bankable Programme / project proposals to GCF
  • An inventory of potential Programme /Project ideas to be supported by accredited entities.


5.0. Target Group

The training   will target CSO’s Members from National and County level and county government officials.  


6.0 Training Schedule

County Training Schedule


Economic Bloc



Time (Date/Month)




South Eastern Kenya Economic Bloc

·  Kitui

·  Makueni

·  Machakos

·  Narok*

·  Kajiado*


Maanzoni Lodge


13-15 May 2019





Workshop Program




            Day 1: Arrival at the Venue -          - NDA Secretariat




Day 2:

8:30-9.00 am

Registration of participants

NDA Secretariat


9:00 -10.30


Welcome & Remarks

-          Objectives of Workshop

-          Remarks by CoG

-          Remarks form GCF Accredited Entity

-          Remarks by Ministry of Environment & Forestry (MEF)

-          Remarks by State Dept of Planning (SDP)

-          Key note remarks by TNT

Chair: Mr. Peter Odhengo



-CoG representative


-MEF Rep


-SDP Rep


-D/Financial and Sectoral Affairs (F&SA)



11.00 – 11.30

National Climate Change Policy and Legislative Framework



CIDPs – Mainstreaming of Climate Change

CoG Representative

12.00 - 12.30

MTP III – Mainstreaming of Climate Change


12.30 – 13.00

Q&A and Plenary Discussions

Session Chair

13:00 – 14:00


14.00 -15.00

Overview of global Climate Change Financial Architecture including an overview of GCF

Peter Odhengo

15.30 -16.00

GCF and role of NDA

Hillary Korir

16.00- 17.00

Plenary discussions and end of Day 2

Session Chair

Day 3: …..

9.00 – 9.15

A recap of Day 2 and an overview of Day 3

NDA Secretariat

9.15 – 10:00

GCF concept notes and proposal development process

Davis Muthini

10:00 – 10:40

Plenary discussions

Session Chair

10:40 – 11:00


11:00 – 11:30

GCF Simplified Approval Process (SAP)

Peter Odhengo

11:30 – 12:00

Plenary discussions

Session Chair 

12:00 – 13:00

Role and Opportunities for County governments in GCF

Peter Odhengo

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:30

Break-out session

–        Identifying Climate Change investments opportunities in the different regional blocks 

–        Capacity Gaps

–        Policy and legislative framework


15:30 – 16.30

Plenary discussions – Presentations

Group representatives


Health Break and end of Day 3

Day 4: …..

9.00 – 9:15

Recap of Day 3


9:15 - 10.40


Break Out Session-

-Development of GCF concept notes- based on identified opportunities in Day 3

-Output: Regional/County specific draft concept notes


10:40 – 11:00


11:00 – 12.30

Group Presentations and Plenary

Group Reps

12:30 – 13:00

Plenary Discussions, Way forward and closure

Session Chair

13.00   Lunch and Departure












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