The Green Climate Fund (GCF) was established in accordance with Article 11 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as an operating entity of the financial mechanism under the Convention towards addressing the challenges of climate change. To become the most important multilateral instrument in climate finance and to achieve its successful paradigm shift towards a low carbon and climate resilient development pathway, it is important that the GCF focuses on delivering transformational projects and
To become the most important multilateral instrument in climate finance and to achieve its successful paradigm shift towards a low carbon and climate resilient development pathway, it is important that the GCF focuses on delivering transformational projects and programmes especially in developing countries. This ambition could only be achieved if a wide societal consensus and
This ambition could only be achieved if a wide societal consensus and proactive, critical but constructive role of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) is enabled within the Fund processes. Strengthening the engagement of civil society actors and organisations from Africa in the GCF processes at the national level is an important step to scale-up existing CSOs capacities to advocate for ambitious proposals, bring on-the-ground expertise to the table and ensure accountability of GCF-funded activities by national authorities through a broader societal mobilisation for transformation and better impacts.
Furthermore, African CSOs can as well play a relevant role in the international aspects of the GCF, such as during Board meetings discussions, given that just few African civil society representatives are currently engaged at that level.
African Ministers of Environment from across Africa will be converging in Libreville, Gabon, from 12th – 16th June, 2017 for the 16th Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) on the theme "Investing in Innovative Environmental Solutions to accelerate implementation of Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2063 in Africa" The Conference, coming after the 15th Session of AMCEN held in Cairo, Egypt, March 2nd -6th, 2016; UNFCCC –COP22 held Marrakech, Morocco in November 7th- 18th , 2016 and UNFCCC- Bonn Climate Change Conference (SB46) held in Bonn, May 8th -18th , 2017. This meeting will not only provide an opportunity for African Governments to discuss on challenges of the implementation of SDGs and Africa Agenda 2063 for the continent but also take stock of their performance at UNFCCC-COP22 and Bonn SB46 on the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Other key focus at this meeting will be on the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI), Africa Adaptation Initiative (AAI) among others. All these issues are also closely linked with the Paris Agreement which came into force on the 4th of November 2016.
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The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) is pessimistic of the involvement of some of the Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) in climate actions, Secretary General Mithika Mwenda has said.
Speaking during a side event organised by Christian Aid (CA) and PACJA on The role of the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) in delivering the Paris Agreement at the UN Climate Conference in Bonn, Germany, Mr Mithika said investment in climate change action do not have a return on investment required by such institutions.
“Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) are profit driven and as such will not invest in a place where they are not going to get a profit,” he remarked.
PACJA, CSOs have issued petition against interference with African Renewable Energy Initiative
Civil Society Organisations led by the Pan African Justice Alliance (PACJA) have issued a petition against the derailing of the African Renewable Energy Initiative’s mandate. The petition which was signed by over 100 civil society organizations was released April 2017.
Speaking during a side event organized by PACJA and Christian Aid (CA), PACJA Secretary General Mithika Mwenda noted that they had high hopes that the African Renewable Energy Initiative would help alleviate energy poverty in the continent but their hopes seem to be hanging in the balance.
“The civil society drove and celebrated the African Renewable Energy Initiative which we thought would alleviate energy poverty in Africa but recent developments make us worried about commitment in addressing climate change and renewable energy poverty in Africa,” he said.
Contact Person: Obed Koringo
Partners: World Bank
Regions: East Africa, Southern Africa, and West Africa
Countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mozambique, and Togo
From – to: April 2016 – June 2018
The World Bank through the Forest Carbon Partnership facility (FCPF) is supporting PACJA in a two years project aimed at building the capacity of African Civil Society and Local Communities on REDD+.
- National Capacity Building and Awareness Raising
- Regional Exchange and Sharing of Lessons Learned
- Management, M&E and Reporting
- The Project Development Objective (PDO) is to strengthen:
- the knowledge of targeted southern civil society organizations and local communities of REDD+ Readiness at the national level and
- knowledge exchange at the regional level
The beneficiaries of the project are Southern CSO networks from the 18 FCPF eligible countries in Africa, namely Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda, who are eligible to participate in regional learning and exchange activities (activities funded under Component 2). Of the 18 countries, Southern CSOs and Local communities from eleven countries are eligible to participate in national-level capacity building, awareness raising and networking activities (under Component 1), namely Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Liberia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sudan, Togo, and Uganda. Under this project, PACJA, the implementing agency, is focusing national level activities on five (5) Countries namely: Ethiopia (Institute for Sustainable development), Ivory Coast (Actions en faveur de l’Homme et de la Nature), Togo (Groupement E-D/ADCF), Mozambique (ORAM -Rural Association for Mutual Support), and Madagascar (Gasy Youth UP).
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PACJA acknowledges the critical role media and journalists play in shaping the opinion of citizens in a given country. Through this objective, PACJA has been able to build a remarkable media presence, in Africa and internationally.
This interaction with African journalists has laid the foundation for robust and consistent collaboration. The result has been outstanding. There has been increasing and noted coverage of the environment and climate change news across Africa.
These have taken many shapes which include news, features, opinions, commentaries both in print, online and broadcast (in radio, television, and YouTube).
In 2013, PACJA facilitated the establishment of the Pan African Media Alliance on Climate Change (PAMACC) aimed at motivating and encouraging journalists to consistently engage in climate change and environmental reporting.
PAMACC is one of Africa’s associations of environment journalists aim is to support journalists to improve their reporting on climate change. PAMACC also has regional coordinators, who will encourage journalists to set up national bodies in each country.
PACJA will continue to support such vital efforts until a time initiatives like PAMACC will evolve into autonomous platforms spearheaded by the sector without PACJA’s continued supervision and patronage. It is anticipated that PAMACC will be the coordinating network on journalist’s mobilization.
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The ACCER Awards Finalists Academy (TAAFA) is a stable PACJA’s dynamic and innovative strategic intervention plan. It is a driving force to the already existing training and reward schemes, but, also ensure sustainability of the capacity building project.
Sterling effort in environmental coverage
There was a need of encouraging display of knowledge on core concerns and especially on climate change and its impact on diverse populations in such areas as livelihood, energy, food production, energy production and use as well as keeping children in school, among several other concerns of cardinal proportions and need for more deliberate and proactive education of journalists on environmental policies and global standpoints.
The annual selection of TAAFA candidates is simple: Journalists entering the ACCER Awards Competitions are selected in the preliminary stage, called finalists stage. These journalists automatically qualify to attend the Academy (TAAFA) which is held prior to the Awards Gala Night where the Winners would be announced. The training that took place at the Milele Hotel in Nairobi was the introductory phase to TAAFA. To help transform this training into TAAFA, PACJA seeks partnership with relevant organizations to host the participants for a longer period, and to bring additional experts as resource persons for the training process.
The ACCER Award is aimed at recognizing African journalists who have excelled in environmental journalism. It seeks to encourage constructive environmental focus in African media, both at the policy formulation and implementation level and at the level of public awareness and participation in environmental protection and preservation
PACJA and partners have been able to translate the concept into a tangible and concrete outcome that has generated remarkable interest among journalists, media houses and other stakeholders.
In building on the success to deliver an Award Scheme that will be the most prestigious environmental incentive in the African continent, we will draw lessons from the 2013 Awards.
In the inaugural Awards Gala night, judges observed that they did not find an entry item that warranted the best Award due to what they termed as low quality of entries. Among other observations and recommendations were:
1. To bring out and propagate “African narrative” on climate change in international climate change and sustainable development debates
2. To motivate Journalists and media houses in Africa to effectively cover and report on Climate Change and Environment
3. To illuminate innovative best-practice approaches both in Policy and Practice towards response strategies and programmes.
4. To enhance proactive media participation in African climate change discourses with a view of perspectives and narratives.
5. To sustain and boost coverage of Climate Change issues by Journalists in the mainstream media.
6. To promote and create awareness about opportunities existing green investment both in public and private realms