Contact Person: Sam Ogallah 

Partner: GermanWatch and CARE Germany

Region: Africa


This project seeks to scale-up existing CS capacities to advocate for ambitious proposals, bring on-the-ground expertise to the table, help embed GCF-funded activities in a broader societal support for transformation and increase accountability of national authorities underscoring the reality that Civil Society engagement is key to achieve the intended paradigm shift towards low-emissions and climate-resilient economies and societies (GCF funding mandate) which the GCF aims at.

The project aims to support broader African CS engagement in the critical early implementation phase of the GCF beyond existing capacities. The project consists of three work areas:


1. Preparing/testing readiness materials facilitating CSO engagement;

2. Supporting CSO engagement in key African countries (primarily those with early GCF projects);

3. Sharing of experiences at regional and global scale supporting expanded CSO engagement in Africa and beyond.


It is implemented in Malawi, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Morocco.  The project is implemented through a consortium which PACJA is part of with GermanWatch and CARE Germany leading the process.


Expected Outcome


Enhanced capacity among Civil Society Organizations that enables them engage in a critical and constructive way with governments and relevant institutions in order to contribute to an increase of the transformative effect of GCF projects.


The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) has been chosen as one of the key partners in a Governing Inclusive Green Growth in Africa (GIGGA) research project.

The project, which will be spearheaded by the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, seeks to lay a foundation for further research into the dynamics, prospects, and implications of green growth on the continent.

“Particular attention will be paid to understanding key challenges for leveraging green growth as a means to tackle inequality and poverty plus interventions that can be honed to transcend existing barriers to deliver results at scale and enhance sustainability,” read a description on their website. 

The project comprises researchers from multiple disciplines, from UK, Africa, and India, African think tanks, civil society organisations and government departments.

The project seeks to achieve its objective by organizing workshops, mapping existing green growth activities on the continent, analyzing the political and social environment of African societies and assessing the current technology gap on the continent.

“Capacity will be built through collaborative planning, mentoring, and peer networks. Partnership with a leading research and policy think tank in India will promote South-South cooperation,” read the statement on their website.

The research will address issues on a continental level but will focus on Kenya, which has made efforts to embrace green development, Ethiopia, which is pursuing an ambitious green growth strategy, and Nigeria which is the most populous and biggest economy in Africa. 


The project hopes to influence a greater understanding of current activities and patterns of greening in Africa and the implications for poverty reduction and sustainable development; the motivation of key actors, enabling and constraining political economy factors; key institutions and governance approaches; existing challenges, capacity needs/gaps; barriers and opportunities; potential lessons that can be learned from other developing countries, especially India; and identification of potential solutions and cutting-edge research agenda in the area, read the statement on their website.

The Governing Inclusive Green Growth in Africa (GIGGA), led by Professor Chukwumerije Okereke from the University of Reading, is a collaborative Network funded by the United Kingdom Research Council, under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).


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Thursday, 06 July 2017 00:00


2015 was a critical year in the global policy debate particularly around climate change and sustainable development.

In September 2015, UN member states adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), whose 7th goal focuses on affordable and clean energy while in December of the same year, member states unanimously adopted the COP21 Paris agreement, committing themselves to pursue development pathway that would reduce global emissions to a level well below 2°C as articulated under their respective Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Policy makers around the world are exploring strategies that will promote access to clean, sustainable and affordable energy.

The continent of African has received considerable attention from the international community especially due to the immense Renewable Energy Potential it has, coupled with the significant amount of energy the continent needs to light up and power the region.

In the run-up to COP21 in Paris, Christian Aid and its partner organizations, key amongst them the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA)1 started a global campaign dubbed Big Shift International.

The campaign’s main aim is to influence a shift of investments away from Fossil Fuel to Renewable Energy (RE), while at the same time demanding for the delivery of clean, sustainable, affordable and reliable energy to the millions of energy poor populations.

Initial activities for this campaign in Africa involved pilot research on energy policies from 3 countries (Malawi, Kenya and Ethiopia) in order to provide the necessary evidence for policy and advocacy work.

This was later followed by validation exercise for the research findings, then consolidation of an action plan to influence energy policies at the local, national, regional and international level. From these exercise, one thing that was evident was that although the demand for access to clean energy in the country is high, appreciation of the government’s policies and strategies for the energy sector is still low, both at the national, as well as the sub-national level.

This thus complicates the public’s level of engagement with the policy makers, both in terms of playing their crucial part in the realization of this agenda, as well as demanding for access of the same from the government. Recognizing this, Christian2 , PACJA & ACSEA3 (African Coalition for Sustainable Energy & Access) have organized a series of activities between June & July to mobilize and educate the public and popularize the energy agenda.


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Dakar-Sénégal- Avant la rédaction du livre de règles de Paris et les préparatifs du Dialogue de facilitation de 2018, les grands groupes présents aux sessions de la pré-AMCEN de cette année ont demandé aux gouvernements africains de faire le point sur l'état actuel de la mise en œuvre des contributions nationales déterminées (NDC) et d'identifier les barrières Cela doit être abordé en vue d'améliorer l'ambition au-delà de ce qui existe actuellement en tant que NDC.  


S'exprimant lors de l'atelier de la société civile africaine qui a annoncé la 16e session de la Conférence ministérielle africaine sur l'environnement à Libreville, au Gabon, Sam Ogallah, de l'Alliance panafricaine de la justice (PACJA), a insisté sur le besoin du Dialogue facilitant 2018 (FD2018) Les opportunités où les pays peuvent accroître leur ambition.  

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Leading non-state actors and civil society groups from across Africa have called on African governments to kick-start the process of designing an African Rule Book for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
The book, according to them, will help in galvanising a robust presentation of African perspectives in the Paris Rule Book which is being formulated.
The call was made today at the ongoing civil society consultative talks which precedes the 16th session of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) in Libreville, Gabon.
Recognising the strategic importance of the Paris Rule Book to the implementation of the climate agreement, the non-state stakeholders urged African environment ministers to ensure that the continent is not left behind in the efforts at crafting the regulatory framework for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
“We want an African rule Book for the implementation of the Paris Agreement that will better measure and manage climate action and support in the light of varying quality and level of information included in countries’ national climate plans (NDCs),” John Bideri, the Co-Chair of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) said.

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Ahead of the writing of the Paris rulebook and preparations for the 2018 Facilitative Dialogue, Major Groups attending this year’s Pre-AMCEN sessions have called on African governments to take stock of the current status of implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and identify barriers that need to be addressed with a view to enhancing ambition beyond what currently exists as NDCs.
Speaking at the African civil society workshop heralding the 16th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment in Libreville, Gabon, Sam Ogallah of the Pan African Justice Alliance (PACJA) stressed the need for the 2018 Facilitative Dialogue (FD2018) to specifically highlight potential opportunities where countries can increase their ambition.
“The FD2018 process, should as matter of priority recognize that collective ambition in current NDCs remains inadequate to pursue effort to limit warming to 1.5°C or 2°C. It should enhance ambition and commitment from Parties to make new pledges and submit updated or new NDCs ahead of 2020 which should be sufficiently ambitious to close the emission gap, and identify what further work is needed to enable countries to enhance their ambition, especially in countries with lower capabilities” he said.

Contact Person: Sam Ogallah

Partners: SIDA

Region: Africa 

Purpose/Outcome: To strengthen African civil society engagement in implementation of Paris Agreement


To enhance the capacity national platforms, and particularly the 8 priority Chapters, to engage their governments in the implementation of Paris Agreement and SDGs

To facilitate selected national chapters to participate and contribute to sub-regional, regional and international climate change dialogue processes with a view to holding governments to account on their commitment to NDCs and other provisions of Paris Agreement

To strengthen the governance structure of PACJA and national chapters to effectively deliver their mandate

Broaden citizen awareness on the Paris Agreement through robust media engagement.

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