- Tuesday, 30 April 2019
International Community School of Abidjan (ICMA), on behalf of Cote Di’voire national civil society coalition, together with other stakeholders from government institutions, research and academia seeks to hold a one day workshop to discuss and build consensus on addressing climate-induced migration, building climate resilience and regional integration for Africa’s economic prosperity. The forum under the theme “Engaging Civil Society in Regional Integration for Africa’s Economic Prosperity” will be held on 8th May in, Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
In 2018, the UN Security Council recognized the adverse effects of climate change and ecological changes among other factors on the stability of West Africa and the Sahel region, including through drought, desertification, land degradation and food insecurity, and emphasized the need for adequate risk assessments and risk management strategies by governments and the United Nations relating to these factors.
The African Development Bank, together with other important intergovernmental institutions have responsibility to build support communities at the frontline of climate-induced weather events build resilience to reduce instances of relocating or being uprooted as they compete for declining resources such as water and grass to feed livestock. A failure to meet this responsibility could significantly strain regional stability and thus result to its inability to achieve its ambition to “integrate Africa”.
The objectives of the meeting include;
- To discuss the impacts of climate-induced migration on the overall African integration agenda
- To highlight the role the African Development Bank, as the premier Investment Institution can play in the integration of climate change and development strategies and programs in countries
- To make recommendations on what the Bank and other financial institutions can play in building climate resilience for people, communities and economies in Africa for accelerated integration.
- Thursday, 25 April 2019
Pan Africa Climate Justice Alliance(PACJA) with support from SNV Netherlands Development Organisation are organizing a training workshop targeting Voice for Change Project partnership(V4CP) Civil Societies(CSOs) to equip them with information on a variety of climate change financing mechanisms, development of bankable climate change proposals and governance in climate change. The one day workshop will be on 6th of May.
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. Its 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.
The objectives of the training workshop are to:
- Sensitize the V4CP CSOs on the climate change funding mechanism available in the country and globally
- Build the capacity of V4CP CSOs on development of bankable climate change proposals especially on GCF
- Expose the CSOs to existing policy frameworks at national and county level that support access to climate finance from various sources.
- Wednesday, 24 April 2019
PACJA through the Trocaire support project on promoting Community Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation in Drought-affected Communities in Kitui, Tharaka-Nithi and Embu will facilitate community and Natural Resource Management Groups (NRM) to participate in the 2019/2020 financial year to give their recommendations to the draft budget before being adopted in June. The meeting will be held In Embu County on the 25th and 26th April.
Although Kenya has put in place legal instruments and policy frameworks to foster public participation in the budgetary process at the county level, these have not been implemented fully by the county governments. The policy and legal instruments also provide broad policy statements with very little specifics with regards to how and when public participation is supposed to take place.
Resistance towards the politics of participation, inadequate transparency of the budget information, and lack of structured mechanism for participation are some of the challenges affecting public participation as stated by Economic and Social Rights Centre (2013). It Because of this, that majority of the citizen and especially the poor are still not effectively participating in making budget decisions and policies that are meant to address high levels of poverty and inequality that are seen in Kenya especially the county governments.
On 25th April PACJA will hold a capacity building and sensitization forum to make the community and NRM Groups understand the budgeting process, and take them through what to contribute in the public hearing forums.
On 26th April the county government of Embu will take the community through the budget estimates to ensure the community is informed of how much the national government has allocated the county, how it has been spread across the sectors/departments and understand the process and give their recommendations articulately.
The objectives of the meeting include;
- To influence developmental budgets in the departments of Agriculture, environment, water, livestock, agro-forestry and crops to have budgetary increase in these departments.
- Propose key initiatives and projects to address climate change effects to promote community resilience to climate change
- Develop a monitoring strategy to ensure the allocated funds/resources are used for the specific purposes to help the community adapt to climate change.
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