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.

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