UNITED NATIONS CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE

    THE TECHNICAL, DIVERGENT AND “INFORMAL” NEGOTIATION WEEK

    Monday, 13th  November 2017 | after the opening ceremony on Monday, 6th  November 2017, negotiations got underway in all the organs. The organs aimed at finalizing issues on the pre-2020 discussions and further deliberate on the operationalization of the Paris Agreement (for the post-2020 era). The first week was characterized by being more technical whereby procedures were as important as contents. Also, there were more divergence in views from the Parties on the negotiations which has led to most (if not all) being done in informal consultation modality. This issue provides a summary of key negotiations areas that FORUMCC is following:

    Climate Finance and Adaptation:

    Long-term Finance (Pre-2020 and Post 2020 period): discussions were made on the long-term finance in terms of accessibility of finance resources and sustainability and predictability of financial flows with African Group calling for decisions to ensure the three key issues. The African Group also called for guidance to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) to be in line with the eligibility criteria laid down in the Convention and Paris Agreement. Unfortunately, discussion on setting new quantified finance goal (for post-2020 period) was not made during the week.

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    DISTRICT COUNCILORS TRAINING WORKSHOP

    DISTRICT COUNCILORS TRAINING WORKSHOP

    Today 14th November 2017, the Decentralized Climate Finance project is conducting a two days District Councilors Training at Equator Hotel in Arusha.

    This training aims at building the capacity of Councilors of Longido, Monduli and Ngorongoro districts to better understand and appreciate their role in order to better participate in local and district level planning processes in their district. Through this training, Councilors will be empowered to play key policy setting and oversight roles since they are the ones who are responsible for approving the annual plans and budget for the effective delivery of services to communities in their LGAs.

    In-order for councilors to play those roles, they need to be equipped with proper understanding of their roles, responsibilities, regulations and standing orders. Thus, this forms the basis for this training of Councilors from Longido, Monduli and Ngorongoro Districts.

    Therefore, the training will focus on the following:

    • To Introduce Councillors to the Science of Climate Change including the key concepts/tools,
    • To explore the key concepts on participatory planning and use of key tools such as Participatory Mapping, Resilience Assessments and O&OD,
    • To familiarise Councillors with planning and budgeting cycle at district and sub district levels,
    • To enable Councillors to understand and appreciate the roles and responsibilities of various players in the planning and budgeting process,
    • Introduction to budgetary control techniques,
    • Understand their role in enhancing accountability at various levels of the LGAs, and
    • Use the knowledge and skills so acquired in their day to day financial management oversight

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    COUNCILLORS TRAINING NOVEMBER 2017

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    GREEN CLIMATE FUND – KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE WORKSHOP

    GREEN CLIMATE FUND – KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE WORKSHOP

    President’s Office Regional and Local Government (PO-RALG) is conducting a GREEN CLIMATE FUND (GCF) Knowledge exchange workshop in Morogoro from 25th-28th October 2017. The workshop is facilitated by International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED), PO-RALG and Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) – an accredited institution for Global Environment Facility (GEF) and GCF.

    The workshop has brought representatives from PO-RALG, Ministry of Finance and Planning, Ministry of Health, Community development, Gender, Seniors and Children and the Ministry of Water and Irrigation. Other representatives are from the Institute of Rural Development Planning (IRDP),Local Government Training Institution (LGTI), Ardhi University and the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) and Hakikazi Catalyst.

    The overall objective of the workshop is to prepare for the finalizing of new policies and frameworks, the GCF accreditation application and project development in 2018 by leveraging DBSA’s GCF experiences:

    • Provide the missing knowledge to PO-RALG through contextualization of the GCF accreditation application
    • Help PO-RALG understand the needs and mechanisms for institutionalizing new E&S, gender and project management functions and the links between these different functions
    • Help PO-RALG to understand improvements required for strengthening new draft policies and frameworks
    • Help PO-RALG to understand the application of E&S, gender and project management functions within the GCF framework and through practical case study examples
    • Establish collaborations (matchmaking) between the relevant technical experts of DBSA and PO-RALG to leverage knowledge sharing beyond the workshop
     

    INSTITUTE OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING (IRDP) MAINSTREAMS CLIMATE CHANGE INTO ITS CURRICULA

    INSTITUTE OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING (IRDP) MAINSTREAMS CLIMATE CHANGE INTO ITS CURRICULA

     A section of the participants listening to the proceedings during the workshop on reviewed curriculum at IRDP on Friday 13th  October, 2017.

    Climate change has become a worldwide phenomenon and its adverse effects felt in almost every country. For that reason Decentralized Climate Finance Project Tanzania has called its local participating organizations namely Institute of Rural Development Planning (IRDP) and Local Government Training Institute (LGTI) to strategize on how to build awareness among Tanzanian communities. As part of the strategy, LGTI and IRDP, have decided to mainstream climate change issues in their academic curricula so that graduates from these institutions become climate change sensitive and thus  become ambassadors of climate change issues among the local communities in Tanzania. The move aims to enhance awareness of citizen on climate change.

    IRDP conducted stakeholder’s workshop on 13th October, 2017, for validating  the developed and reviewed curricula which have mainstreamed  climate change issues.  Following the curriculum review exercise, all IRDP programmes from i.e. Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor Degree, Postgraduate Diploma and Master Degree are climate change sensitive.. Notably, all graduate from IRDP are expected to acquire knowledge, skills and attitude on climate change and thus be able to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate climate smart interventions.

    The workshop was attended by participants from different Government Ministries, Department and Agencies such as Ministry of Finance and Planning, Vice Presidents Office, Presidents Office Regional Administration and Local Government, National Environment Management Council, Regional Secretariats from Arusha and Dodoma regions, Local Government Authorities (LGAs) staff from Bukoba, Ngorongoro, Longido, Monduli, Dodoma, Chamwino to mention few) as well as Non Governmental Organisations, and higher learning institutions including University of Dodoma, College of Business Education, Local Government Training Institute Hombolo. Other participants included Research Institutions and , Decentralized Climate Finance Project (DCFP) partners namely International Institute for Environmental Development (IIED), Haki Kazi Catalyst Arusha.

    Similarly, a sister organization to IRDP, LGTI has also reviewed its curriculum to mainstream climate change.. Currently, all programs offered at LGTI will have a mandatory module on Climate Change.

    It is now the duty of all Tanzanians to support DCFP’s initiatives in making Climate Change an adaptable reality in Tanzania. Likewise, IRDP and LGTI have to strive to inculcate the knowledge, skills, attitude and a life time culture into their students so that they graduate as competent champions of climate change adaptation and resilience initiatives. The aim is to make Climate Change initiatives a pride of this generation and many others to come.

     

    HANDS ON TRAINING TO DCFP ZANZIBAR COMMUNICATION TEAM

    HANDS ON TRAINING TO DCFP  ZANZIBAR COMMUNICATION TEAM

    Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF) communication team will be conducting a short training on social media and evidence taking; still photo, short audio and video clips to Zanzibar Climate Change Alliance (ZACCA), Local Government Training Institute (LGTI) and journalists from Unguja and Pemba. The training commences on 09th October and expects to end on 15th October 2017.

    The training is organised in two folds, hands on learning on popular social media platforms and techniques of creating interesting stories for readers and followers; and field visit to community projects in both Unguja and Pemba.

    On day one and two TNRF team will be with ZACCA and LGTI discussing various techniques on developing short stories to be posted on the DCFP/ZACCA website, Facebook and twitter. Thereafter from day 3-6 journalists will join the team together with photographer and film professional from TNRF-Maajabu films unit and veteran writer from Journalist environmental association of Tanzania.

    It is expected that the training will provide more understanding about the DCF project and participants will write and share climate change stories that will increase awareness and promote resilience practices in Zanzibar.

     

     

    MONITORING, EVALUATION & LEARNING (MEL) STRATEGY WORKSHOP

    MONITORING, EVALUATION & LEARNING (MEL) STRATEGY WORKSHOP

    Hakikazi Catalyst (HKC) a project partners of the Decentralised Climate Finance Project (DCFP) is conducting a workshop aimed at Finalizing and Validating of District Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Strategy. In the workshop the following will be covered:

    • Importance of MEL for the Project and Districts
    • Overview of the District MEL Strategies
    • Review of the District MEL Strategies
    • Validation of the District MEL Strategies
    • Overview of the TAMD Track 1;Gender Scorecard and
    • Administering the TAMD Track 1;Gender Scorecard

    The workshop will be held in Arusha from 28th – 29th September, 2017 at the Hakikazi Catalyst offices. It brings together District technical staff from the three Districts of Longido, Monduli, and Ngorongoro. The workshop will also involve representatives from project partners: President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG), Regional Secretariat (RS), Institute of Rural Development and Planning (IRDP), Local Government Training Institute (LGTI), and Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF).

    The outputs from this workshop will be;

    • Workshop Report
    • Finalized and Validated District MEL Strategies and
    • Administered TAMD Track 1 Gender Scorecard.
     

    POLICY DEVELOPMENT – GCF ACCREDITATION PROCESS

    POLICY DEVELOPMENT – GCF ACCREDITATION PROCESS

    The PO-RALG team is in Arusha at the HakiKazi Catalyst office from 16th – 25th September discussing, establishing, developing and revising policies that will help in their efforts to be approved as a National Implementing Entity (NIE). For PO-RALG to be approved, Green Climate Fund (GCF) has to be satisfied with the policies established to guide and protect funds they will disseminate.

    The work that the PO-RALG team is doing for the ten days is to help them prepare for GCF accreditation process.

     

    PLANNING MEETING WORKSHOP

    PLANNING MEETING WORKSHOP

    From 12th – 15th of September, Implementing partners of the Decentralised Climate Finance Project (DCFP) held a Planning Meeting Workshop in Arusha at the Hakikazi Catalyst (HKC) Offices.

    The purpose of the meeting was to help partners identify priority activities; review work plan and budget for Phase One which was done on 12th and 13th. On the 14th, partners were grouped to help with planning of Phase Two expected to do the following:

    • Identify lessons learned from Phase One
    • Give ways to roll out the DCF Mechanism to new districts
    • Discuss the process to accreditation of National Implementing Entity (NIE)
    • Identify risks and opportunities for Phase Two
    • Suggest Mitigation Actions that ought to be done to ensure: Consortium Designed Workshop, Involvement of UNCDF, Design Proposal, and Roles for each partner.

    As on the 15th of September, all groups did a presentation of their work, and it was successful.

     

     

    MAONESHO YA NANE NANE – KANDA YA KATI DODOMA. KESHO KUFIKIA SIKU YA KILELE CHA MAONESHO

    Kesho, tarehe nane (08) mwezi wa nane (08) wananchi wote wa Tanzania watakuwa wanasheherekea kilele cha maadhimisho ya sikukuu ya wakulima – NaneNane. Kauli mbiu ya mwaka huu wa 2017 ni ‘ZALISHA KWA TIJA MAZAO NA BIASHARA ZA KILIMO, MIFUGO NA UVUVI ILI KUFIKIA UCHUMI WA KATI’. Wananchi mnakaribishwa kutembelea banda la Ofisi ya Raisi Tawala za Mikoa na Serikali za Mitaa (TAMISEMI), uwanja wa maonesho ya kilimo – NaneNane, Kanda ya kati Dodoma.

    Mradi wa kukabiliana na mabadiliko ya hali ya hewa na tabia nchi, kwa kushirikiana na Ofisi ya Raisi – TAMISEMI, na Chuo cha Serikali za Mitaa (LGTI) wamejumuika na wadau wengine katika kutoa elimu juu ya mabadiliko ya hali ya hewa na tabia nchi, kadhalika na jinsi gani mabadiliko hayo yanachangia  uchumi wa sekta ya kilimo, mifugo na uvuvi. Maonesho haya yanafanyika kitaifa mkoa wa Lindi na kwa Kanda ya kati kitaifa yanafanyika Dodoma.

    Mkuu wa Mkoa, Mh. Dr. Rehema J. Nchimbi alifungua rasmi maonesho ya kanda ya kati Dodoma  siku ya tarehe tatu (3). Katika hotuba yake alisisitiza kuwa; wadau wote walio hudhuria ama walio na banda hapa uwanja wa nanenane wanatakiwa kutoa elimu itakayowawezesha wananchi kuelewa mikakati endelevu ya kukuza uchumi. Aliendelea kusisitiza kuwa, “kwa taasisi na mashirika na wajasiriamali mliopo leo, na mliokuwepo miaka ya nyuma, mtoe elimu itakayo onyesha hatua mliyopiga toka mwaka jana na miaka ya nyuma, na mikakati mliyotumia katika kukuza uchumi. Nina amini kuna mafanikio mazuri na ndio maana mmeweza kuja tena kwenye maonyesho ya mwaka huu wa 2017”. Alimalizia kwa kusema, “elimu ianzie kwa mama lishe mpaka kwenye halmashauri na taasisi za kiserikali na zisizo za kiserikali. Wananchi, mkitembelea mabanda dadisi njia mbadala ambazo wenzetu wanazitumia katika kupiga hatua kwenye kukuza uchumi”.

    Kadhalika maonesho haya ya kanda ya kati Dodoma yametembelewa na viongozi mbali mbali ikiwa ni pamoja na Mkuu wa Wilaya, Bi. Christina S. Mndeme, Mkuu wa Wilaya ya Mpwapwa, Bw. Jabir M. Shekimweri, Meya wa Manispaa ya Dodoma – Prof. Davis Mwamfupe na Spika Mstaafu Mh. Anna S. Makinda.

    Kwenye upande wa mradi wa mabadiliko ya hali ya hewa na tabia nchi, kumekuwa na maelezo mengi na jumbe mbali mbali zilizotolewa na wadau wa mradi. Hii ikiwa ni pamoja na kusisitiza kuwa; “Taarifa ni muhimu sana kwa kila mwananchi, wananchi wanatakiwa kuwa na shauku ya kutaka kujua jinsi gani wanaweza kukabiliana na mabadiliko ya hali ya hewa na tabia nchi huku wakihakikisha wanakuwa na njia mbadala ya kukuza uchumi kuanzia ngazi ya familia, hii ikiwa ni pamoja na kuwa na uhakika wa chakula na malazi. Mradi huu upo hapa uwanja wa nanenane Dodoma kwa lengo kubwa la kuhakikisha kila mwananchi anapata taarifa juu ya mradi na kujifunza jinsi gani wananchi wa Monduli, Longido na Ngorongoro wameweza kubuni miradi ya kukabiliana na athari za mabadiliko ya hali ya hewa na tabia nchi” alisema Bi. Sophia Masuka – Mratibu wa Mawasiliano, Jumuiko la maliasili Tanzania.

    Mradi wa kukabiliana na mabadiliko ya hali ya hewa na tabianchi ni wa miaka mitano (5) unaolenga kuwekeza kwenye miradi ya kukabiliana na mabadiliko ya hali ya hewa na tabianchi katika wilaya kumi na tano (15) Tanzania bara; Bahi, Iramba, Kilwa, Kiteto, Kondoa, Longido, Manyoni, Mbulu, Mpwapwa, Monduli, Ngorongoro, Pangani, Same, Siha na Simanjiro.

    Mradi huu utatekelezwa katika awamu mbili. Awamu ya kwanza (2016-2018) itakuwa chini ya uratibu wa Taasisi ya Kimataifa ya Mazingira  na Maendeleo (IIED), na itahusisha wilaya tatu za majaribio (Monduli, Longido na Ngorongoro), na awamu ya pili  (2018 – 2021) utakuwa chini ya Ofisi ya Rais – Tawala za Mikoa na Serikali za Mitaa ( TAMISEMI ) na itahusisha wilaya kumi na mbili (12) zilizobaki.

    Mradi unafadhiliwa na Shirika la Misaada la Uingereza (UKAID), kwa msaada wa kiufundi kutoka IIED na Umoja wa Mataifa “Capital Development Fund” ( UNCDF LoCAL).

     

    CONSENSUS BUILDING WORKSHOP

    CONSENSUS BUILDING WORKSHOP

     

    Decentralized Climate Finance (DCF) project conducted a two days consensus building workshop in Singida from 3rd to 5th July 2017. The workshop was attended by accreditation Taskforce team from President’s Office – Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG) and other representatives from Ministry of Finance & Public Service (MoFP), National Environment Management Council (NEMC), Local Government Training Institute (LGTI), Institute of Rural Development Planning (IRDP), The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Planning Commission and President’s office State House.

    The objectives of the Consensus Building Workshop were in three-fold:

    • To come to consensus and validate the policy and procedural gaps, and associated recommendations of PO-RALG capacity to meet the GCFs accreditation standards
    • To agree on a re-structured Roadmap, with clear deadlines at each stage, that enables PO-RALG to submit their application for accreditation to the GCF given the financial and time resources available; and
    • To develop contingency plans for furthering technical support to PO-RALGs GCF accreditation and project development work beyond AIM4Resilience.

    The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) are providing technical assistance to the President’s Office – Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG) to gain direct access to climate finance, particularly the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Under the direct access modality of the GCF, climate finance is channelled directly to a recipient in country known as a National Implementing Entity (NIE), rather than through intermediaries residing at the international level.

    In order to become an NIE, PO-RALG will undergo the process of accreditation, whereby they provide evidence of satisfactory capacity in the GCFs fiduciary, environmental, social and gender based standards. Surpassing these standards will simultaneously help develop the safeguards within the DCF mechanism in Tanzania. Moreover, gaining accreditation as an NIE and implementing the DCF mechanism will provide an ideal system to take advantage of new GCF opportunities for devolved decision making on climate finance through its Enhanced Direct Access (EDA) modality.

    Therefore this workshop validated draft institutional assessment report and PO-RALG led roadmap to achieve application of the GCF accreditation application.