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                  CONCEPT NOTE


  • Introduction

Climate change and climate variability pose major threats to the environment, to economic growth and to sustainable development. Africa is the continent least responsible for climate change but it is the most vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change. The negative effects include reduced agricultural production, reduced food security, increased incidences of flooding and droughts, widespread disease epidemics, and increased risk of conflict over scarce land and water resources.

Africa’s vulnerability is aggravated by the interaction of ‘multiple stresses’ occurring at various levels, coupled with the continent’s low adaptive capacity, which impact the continent’s prospects for long-term economic growth and sustainability. In Kenya, the adverse impact of climate change is compounded by local environmental degradation caused by illegal encroachments, deforestation and livestock overgrazing.

 Kenya’s most northern counties were ranked as the poorest in the country according to government statistics released in December 2011. The percentage of people living in poverty in Turkana, Samburu, Isiolo, Laikipia, Machakos, Mandera, Wajir and Marsabit counties was found to be 94.3, 87.8, 84 and 83.2 per cent respectively (Omari, 2011). Pastoralist communities in such counties are most vulnerable to the impacts of projected climate changes because widespread poverty limits adaptation capabilities.

 The solutions to this growing challenge lies in the ability of  these regions to access climate finance that can support resilience building activities that will cushion the vulnerable communities from the effects of climate change. 

 Climate finance refers to local, national or transnational financing, which may be drawn from public, private and alternative sources of financing. It is critical to address climate change due to its impact and large-scale investments which are required to reduce emissions, notably in sectors that emit large quantities of greenhouse gases, and to adapt to the adverse effects. The Paris Agreement obligated countries to commit to preparing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) which contain the climate action as part of the global effort to transition to a low carbon, climate resilient world so as to access Green Climate Fund (GCF). Indeed, there is urgent need to down scale NDCs and NAPs to the Counties by coming up with bankable proposals that can be submitted to GCF Board for approval.

 2.0 Rationale

 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, it 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. It is in this context that Pan Africa Climate Justice Alliance with support from Angaza and Community Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation project through the support of TROCAIRE Projects are partnering with the government through the Treasury National Designated Authority Climate Change unit are organizing a training workshop targeting Counties officers in-charge of Climate Change and  CSOs to equip them with information on a variety of climate change financing mechanisms, guide them in development of bankable climate change proposals and governance in climate change and to help CSOs track and monitor the process and ensure CSOs inclusion in the process.


 3.0 Objectives


The objectives of the training workshop are to:

  1. To build the capacity of partners CSOs to effectively engage in the drafting of bankable GCF proposals
  2. To equip members of the platform to be able to monitor and track the CC funds available and expected
  3. Build the capacity of CSO’s on existing policy frameworks at national and county level that support access to climate finance from various sources.


3.0       Expected Outcomes

The key expected outcomes from this workshop are:

  • Improved capacity of CSOs to engage effectively on governance in climate change at county level
  • Improved capacity of CSO’s to develop competitive, innovative, transformative and bankable Programme / project proposals to GCF
  • An inventory of potential Programme /Project ideas to be supported by accredited entities.


5.0. Target Group

The training   will target CSO’s Members from National and County level and county government officials.  


6.0 Training Schedule

County Training Schedule


Economic Bloc



Time (Date/Month)




South Eastern Kenya Economic Bloc

·  Kitui

·  Makueni

·  Machakos

·  Narok*

·  Kajiado*


Maanzoni Lodge


13-15 May 2019





Workshop Program




            Day 1: Arrival at the Venue -          - NDA Secretariat




Day 2:

8:30-9.00 am

Registration of participants

NDA Secretariat


9:00 -10.30


Welcome & Remarks

-          Objectives of Workshop

-          Remarks by CoG

-          Remarks form GCF Accredited Entity

-          Remarks by Ministry of Environment & Forestry (MEF)

-          Remarks by State Dept of Planning (SDP)

-          Key note remarks by TNT

Chair: Mr. Peter Odhengo



-CoG representative


-MEF Rep


-SDP Rep


-D/Financial and Sectoral Affairs (F&SA)



11.00 – 11.30

National Climate Change Policy and Legislative Framework



CIDPs – Mainstreaming of Climate Change

CoG Representative

12.00 - 12.30

MTP III – Mainstreaming of Climate Change


12.30 – 13.00

Q&A and Plenary Discussions

Session Chair

13:00 – 14:00


14.00 -15.00

Overview of global Climate Change Financial Architecture including an overview of GCF

Peter Odhengo

15.30 -16.00

GCF and role of NDA

Hillary Korir

16.00- 17.00

Plenary discussions and end of Day 2

Session Chair

Day 3: …..

9.00 – 9.15

A recap of Day 2 and an overview of Day 3

NDA Secretariat

9.15 – 10:00

GCF concept notes and proposal development process

Davis Muthini

10:00 – 10:40

Plenary discussions

Session Chair

10:40 – 11:00


11:00 – 11:30

GCF Simplified Approval Process (SAP)

Peter Odhengo

11:30 – 12:00

Plenary discussions

Session Chair 

12:00 – 13:00

Role and Opportunities for County governments in GCF

Peter Odhengo

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:30

Break-out session

–        Identifying Climate Change investments opportunities in the different regional blocks 

–        Capacity Gaps

–        Policy and legislative framework


15:30 – 16.30

Plenary discussions – Presentations

Group representatives


Health Break and end of Day 3

Day 4: …..

9.00 – 9:15

Recap of Day 3


9:15 - 10.40


Break Out Session-

-Development of GCF concept notes- based on identified opportunities in Day 3

-Output: Regional/County specific draft concept notes


10:40 – 11:00


11:00 – 12.30

Group Presentations and Plenary

Group Reps

12:30 – 13:00

Plenary Discussions, Way forward and closure

Session Chair

13.00   Lunch and Departure












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