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PACJA, CSOs have issued petition against interference with African Renewable Energy Initiative

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.



The civil society leader accused the European Union and French Government of attempting to impose their interests and deviate from the initial focus of the initiative.

“We have issued petition to those concerned and already you have seen the delivery unit in shambolic nature because the European Union and French Government are interested in imposing and deviating from the initial focus of the initiative,” he said.

According to Mr Mithika, interference with the initiative is making them doubt whether there is commitment in the issue of alleviating energy poverty.

“As we move forward we want to be sure that investments by DFIs will not lead to maladaptation and to lead communities that are already suffering from climate change impact into more suffering and we have to be cautious,” he noted.

Earlier the climate change activist had expressed reservations regarding the involvement of the private change sector and Direct Funding Institutions (DFIs) in climate action saying it remains to be seen whether their involvement will be postitive or negative.

Mr Mithika had noted that there are no set guidelines for the involvement of such institutions, adding that most government seem focused on profit rather than the good of the people.

He noted that the involvement of DFIs is firmly rooted in the Paris agreement, saying that climate change actors will now have to find a role for them to play.

“After the Paris Agreement we decided to welcome it though it was not adequate as what we wanted,” he remarked.

“Climate finance has always been additional and it shouldn’t be over and above ODIs,” he said.


 

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