Testimonials on GCF Training from PORALG staff

Mr. Sanford Kway

Sanford Kway is the coordinator for the Decentralised Climate Finance project, playing a leading role in PO-RALGs accreditation to the GCF.

The PO-RALG training on accessing the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in Tanzania has helped me as a PORALG staff member and also as the DCFP coordinator, to understand what the GCF is in detail, and how an institution can qualify to become a National Implementing Entity (NIE) to access the GCF, and that it is achievable. This training has had an impact to PORALG in terms of coming up with the things that PORALG requires to become a NIE, that is fiduciary and specialised standards.

Among the outputs of the training was the formation of a task-force that comprised of focal persons (from almost all departments and units within PORALG) who will be dealing with issues related to the fiduciary and specialised standards in different areas (such as procurement, financial management, risk management, environmental and social safeguards) in which external assessment of PORALG will be done. There is a need to build capacity of PORALG staff in these areas so as to qualify to become an NIE. Another output was I opened an email list and a WhatsApp group where issues and any questions related to GCF work will be discussed.

The objective of our Directorate for Sector Coordination (DSC) is to coordinate the PORALG critical interfaces with Central and Sector Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Non-State Actors (NSAs), Regional Secretariats (RSs) and Local Government Authorities (LGAs).

Its major functions includes:

  • To provide linkage between Central and Sector Ministries, Development Partners and NSAs to RSs, LGAs and other stakeholders;
  • To facilitate and coordinate provision of inputs from PO-RALG on policy formulation, interpretation, review and dissemination of policies, guidelines, laws and regulations of Central and Sector Ministries;
  • To promote and monitor implementation of Decentralisation by Devolution in Central and Sector Ministries;
  • To coordinate implementation of programmes and projects including various national initiatives;
  • To provide technical backstopping, capacity building, supportive supervision, monitoring and evaluation of central and sector ministries’ programmes/projects and other related activities of respective sectors that are implemented in RSs and LGAs.

The training also enriched my knowledge and better understanding on international meetings such as COP and the UNFCCC. For example the terms adaptation and mitigation, and we did a lot of group exercises on this training. The PORALG staff that participated in the training are anxiously waiting for things that were discussed and planned to happen.

Gender mainstreaming at PORALG has been a challenge as less women are working as technical staff, this is as a result of no availability of women having qualifications in certain disciplines. But we are trying to involve women, for example in the task-force formed and should be involved in the daily project activities; currently there are two women in our department and one is the Assistant Director for Economic and Productive Sector (ADEP) and also the Senior Climate Change Advisor for DCFP. The other one is the member of the DCFP task force.

In terms of gender I would be happy to see more women working with us.

At the LGA level, among the gender issues that will emerge at this level are issues that cause women to suffer, with this I would love to see women on the frontline. I know that they are are very active, because if you ask them through a participatory way for example what would be the situation as a result of climate change, they will explain it very clearly. Undoubtedly, women are more affected than men and they suffer a lot.

In terms of capacity building, firstly PORALG needs to conduct a self-assessment on what they need and are supposed to do so as to become a NIE after receiving the preliminary training on the GCF. PORALG staff needs to be capacitated in their respective areas starting with the task-force members that include focal persons from areas such as risk management, anti-money laundering, and gender mainstreaming among others, with regards to the DCFP. Staff also needs their capacity built through trainings in various areas such as familiarisation with international meetings (COPs, UNFCCC etc.), environmental issues, terms and meanings (such as mitigation and adaptation and when and why we use these methods/interventions). There is a need for experts, for example in our department there is need for environmental experts for issues such as environmental safeguards, and Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs). Therefore, we need our capacity built in these disciplines while implementing the DCF project at the local level, we need to have the experts from PORALG and not seek someone from outside.

Mr. Sebastian Kitiku

Sebastian Kitiku is responsible to oversee the delivery of Social Services at the local government level under the Directorate at the Local Government (DLG) at PO-RALG.

The GCF training exposed me to gain knowledge and skills, which will enable me to effectively perform my role in the DCF project. Among the new knowledge gained includes a better understanding of the concepts of climate change (adaptation, mitigation, resilience, maladaptation, adaptive capacity and climate variability); use of climate trend data which inform planning; understanding on tracking adaptation and measuring development; a manual for local planning which can be used by the DCF project beneficiaries during planning; understanding on opportunities and obstacles for development as an effective planning tool and is used at all level of planning of climate change projects.

In order for PORALG to have access to the GCF as an NIE, we need to be capacitated in fundraising for projects and programmes, administration and financial management including internal and external auditing, transparency and accountability, project management and implementation, grant management, and environmental and social management systems.

In order for PORALG to incorporate/mainstream gender into the institution’s core functions, we will consider ideas from both women and men. PORALG will look into how women and men are favoured in policy implementation and/or reviews and anything to do with our work. Women also need to have equal representation at leadership levels.

In the course of gaining NIE accreditation with the GCF, gender is fundamentally important in climate change issues. Aside from being an important value in itself, the ability to demonstrate awareness of gender differences in the design and implementation of projects is key to gaining NIE accreditation with the GCF and further funding from donors. Some immediate considerations include:

  • Ensuring women in the districts are kept properly informed about the project and its development, and its potential impact on them. This can be done through women’s traditional leaders and women’s groups (e.g. “Pastoralist Women’s Council” in Monduli);
  • Improving women’s engagement in the project – ensuring they are invited and represented at community meetings and seeking out their opinions;
  • Ensuring women’s indigenous knowledge on specific experiences are incorporated into the development of climate adaptation proposals by Divisional Adaptation Planning Committees. This can be done by ensuring that women are given equal status on Adaptation Planning Committees, and equal representations, as well as ensuring that women are specifically sought out during community consultations regarding adaptation projects;
  • Project research will address the different impacts of climate change on men and women, to enhance understanding in Tanzania; and
  • Monitoring and evaluation indicators will be disaggregated by gender.

It is envisaged that gender mainstreaming will be considered in all aspects of the project, and in the ongoing project, as well as a process of gaining NIE accreditation with the GCF.