Information sharing key to CSO engagement in GCF project

The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance in conjunction with CARE International on Wednesday (August 30th, 2017) organized a webinar to shed light on the engagement of civil society organisations (CSOs) in the Green Climate Fund Project that is currently being implemented in five African countries.

During the webinar, Sven Harmeling of CARE International stressed the importance for CSOs to understand how the project works saying: "There is limited knowledge on GCF and a need for better information flow from authorities in regard to this. Different stakeholders need to work together in preparing for GCF opportunities.”

Sven noted that there are opportunities to develop more proposals and act jointly across different countries through existing networks to build interest and engagement in the GCF project.

He explained that it is important to link all interested parties on the GCF platform to actively share experiences and knowledge to improve initiatives and learn from each other at national level between CSOs and governments

Speaking at the same time, Emmanuel Seck from Ghana briefed the meeting about a workshop in Abidjan that was held in May 26-28, 2017 and attended by 25 participants. 

The meeting attendees recommended that existing knowledge and experience on GCF be shared among participants, adding that this provides an opportunity for participants to learn from each other.

They further recommended that there is need to build the capacity of CSOs to engage in the GCF project through national and international networking and increasing accreditation of CSOs to GCF for better advocacy and lobbying.

"There is a need for consultation with CSOs and local authorities to improve national dialogue and to improve the discussion with the private sector at the national level.  Consolidating existing networks,” he noted. 

Julius Ng’oma from ISONECC briefed the participants about a meeting organised in Malawi that he says was attended by Government, development partners, and CSOs. 

He noted that his organisation has done capacity building for CSOs through a series of workshops on climate finance and specifically GCF.

Speaking in the same forum, Peter from CARE Ghana said that his organization has appointed two NIEs namely Eco Bank and a semi-autonomous public institution, adding that three proposals are in the pipeline.

“Processes and procedures are in place with a technical advisory committee present with different stakeholders’ representatives on it. Ghana has worked through an existing network of SDG 13 platform with involvement from all stakeholders. There are a number of ongoing meetings to discuss the GCF,” he said.

He explained that they noticed that sharing information improved stakeholder involvement, adding that it was challenging to find the best way to share the information and how to start dialogue with the government.

“Monitoring the government’s intention to spend GCF money and improving on how CSOs can access this money is of interest,” he noted. 

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