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Voices for Just Climate Action aims to ensure that by 2025, local civil society and underrepresented groups will have taken on a central role as creators, facilitators and advocates of innovative climate solutions. Their inclusion is crucial for effective and lasting climate responses, and because the climate crisis is also a societal challenge with ethical and human rights aspects. CUTS Nairobi is partnering with Hivos East Africa leading implementation of the VCA project in Homabay County- Kenya.

About Voices for Just Climate Action (VCA) Project & CUTS Interventions in Homabay County


  • ENHANCING LOCALLY LED CLIMATE ACTIONS AND FINANCING IN HOMA BAY COUNTY UNDER THE VOICES FOR JUST CLIMATE ACTION (VCA) PROJECT

The implementation of the project “Enhancing Locally Led Climate Actions and Financing in Homa Bay County” has seen CUTS engage in a number of actions with various stakeholders drawn from the county executive, departmental heads, county assembly leadership, the civil society organizations and community-based organizations on climate change among others. Our actions started by first brainstorming meeting with the Climate Change Directorate of Homabay County Lead by the Chief Officer Mr. Buriri and all the Directors under the departments of Water, Energy, Environment, and Climate Change. The aim of this meeting was to introduce the project to the department and to seek for allocation of staffs to be engaged in the implementation process. It was also meant to have an understanding of other county programs and activities of similar agenda for synergy. This meeting was fruitful as the chief officer allocated key staffs to be involved under the leadership of the Director of Climate change.

This was then followed by an inception meeting that brought on board all other actors within the climate change space and key departments including CSO from the target wards. The inception meeting was a springboard for all the project activities. It was aimed at among others the sensitization of the climate change and environment stakeholders including teams from various government departments, Community Based Organisations (CBOs), Community Dialogue Forums (CDFs) and None Governmental Organizations (NGOs) on the VCA Program, to learning from both state and non-state  actors regarding their experience on Climate Change Financing, to build synergy with state and non-state actors on climate change policy and climate change finance regulation, to establish VCA-CDFs in the wards i.e. Kaksingri West, Gwasi North and Lambwe Wards and to build the capacity for stakeholders on climate change concept, local climate actions and climate financing opportunities including budget tracking process.

Other actions included the capacity building for the community climate change champions, formation of the community climate change dialogue forums in the three wards to champion for the climate change actions at the community level, development of the draft climate change fund regulation and climate change action regulations as part of the legal requirement for the implementation of the Climate change Act 2022 and to benefit from the FloCCA Funding as a county; undertaking of lobbying and advocacy action with members of the county assembly for the passage of the climate change bill 2022 and ensuing climate change policy adoption; Sensitization of community members through Local Radio Program on issues of climate change and to collect their views regarding climate change action agenda for Homabay County.

Remarkable is the robust engagements of CUTS Nairobi with the Homabay County Executive (SEE HERE)  and the  County Assembly Leadership  (SEE HERE) that has not only resulted to the enactment of the County Climate Change Act 2022 but has also seen the high profile launch of both the climate change Act 2022 and the climate change policy for Homabay County now paving way for intense Climate Action in the County . The County assembly through the speaker Hon. Gaya has also assured of increased funding for climate change actions (SEE HERE) during some of the advocacy meetings by CUTS. The consistent lobby and advocacy actions by CUTS both through the executive and the assembly finally yielded the fruits by the eventual assent of the Climate Change Bill into an Act by Governor Gladys Wanga (SEE HERE). The new legislation proposes the establishment of county climate change fund for the purposes of implementation of the Climate Change Actions from time to time and is bound to open doors for climate change fund flow and actions at the local level. Of immediate concern for Homabay County is putting in place the various mitigation and adaptation plans, funding and initiating climate change action at the community / ward level for climate action with sustained sensitization for the local communities.

Presently through the ELLCAF project, the communities have established three (3) ward level climate change dialogue forums where themselves and local experts are able to convene and have candid conversations around climate change actions for their respective communities as they seek local solution. This will be the basis for the action by the Ward Climate Change Planning Committee as established under Section 23 of the Homabay Climate Change Act 2022 (SEE HERE).

Use of local radio FM stations is an influential tool used by development partners, CSOs, private sector and government agencies to share critical project information and acts as a platform for strategic engagement between those in authority, development partners and community members to disseminate information and promote dialogue with possibility of reaching consensus and solutions to a number of development concerns. The CUTS VCA project adopted use of Local Radio Program as mode of disseminating information and engaging stakeholders and residents of Homa Bay County on issues regarding climate change action.  The first Session of FM Radio programme was conducted on the 23/9/2022 from 7am to 9 am and hosted by Radio Arise 89.5 FM belonging to the Catholic Diocese of Homa Bay, Kenya and that reaches of over 7,800 listeners within and beyond Homabay County most of which are Christians. The second Session of FM Radio program was conducted on the 4th November 2022 from 7:30am to 9:30 am through Gulf Radio 88.3 FM with a coverage is approximately 750 persons (Lowest) but goes beyond a million listeners.

Among the issues discussed included community education on the concept of climate change, adaptation and mitigation; gender aspects of climate change at community level; building resilience on climate change hazards; opportunities for engagement in climate change actions at the community level; community reflections on climate change impact indigenous adaptation and mitigation methods. CUTS endeavored to mobilize and engage different panelists drawn from the climate change directorate and the community climate change champions with vast knowledge and experience on Climate Change Planning and Budgeting/ Financing, Environmental and Gender issues.

From the Radio show, Community feels that for a long time they have been left out on the whole conversation around climate change yet they are directly affected by impacts of climate change. They expressed support for more dialogue forums on issues climate change throughout the forty wards of Homabay County.  Among the farmers calling pointed out the issues of not getting accurate weather focus information; being left out on the process of development of climate change policy and not being informed on the contents and programs being designed to address issues of climate change. They noted the unprecedented surge of lake water causing displacement and destruction of farm lands. Also of concern to the callers was the extreme weather pattern causing loss of biodiversity. They called on organizations such as CUTS to sustain wider dissemination of climate change information to reach many communities. They lamented on their lack of knowledge on the contents of the recently passed climate change legal framework intended to guide climate change action and called on wider community sensitization programs. Callers demanded to be included in the planning and implementation process for the climate change programs. It is envisaged that more of such interventions will play important role in changing local mind set for locally led climate change actions.

  • CUTS NAIROBI UNDERTAKING CAPACITY BUILDING TO WARD CLIMATE CHANGE PLANNING COMMITTEES AND COMMUNITIES ON LOCALLY LED CLIMATE CHANGE INTERVENTIONS AT GENLINK ECO FARM.

Enhancing Climate Change Resilience, Mitigation and Adaptation among the local vulnerable communities requires an effective approach focusing on building capacities of those people who are directly affected and impacted negatively by the rude shocks and threats of Climate change including disasters such as droughts, famines, Elnino, landslides, Lake surges, deforestation, land degradation which are witnessed in Kaksingri West, Gwassi North and Lambwe Wards in Homabay County.

In view of the above facts-CUTS through Collaboration with the County Government of Homabay, Department for Environment, Water, Forestry, Natural Resources and Climate change undertook the bold steps to mobilize Seventy community  Members and representatives of the Ward Climate Change Planning Committees (WCCPC), Community Dialogue Forum (CDF’s), National Government Officials (NGAO’s), Women and Youths among others drawn from the above mentioned three Wards of Kaksingri west, Lambwe and gwasi North and in partnership with Generation Linkage (Genlink).

On the 2nd October 2023, CUTS facilitated a special capacity building session at Gen-Link Eco Farm to promote use of indigenous knowledge such as Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR), Soil and Water Conservation, Climate Smart Agriculture, Organic Farming technologies, Tree Nursery Establishment and Management and animal husbandry as practiced at GENLINK -ECO Farm. As a result of the intervention, 70 Climate Change Champions including WCCPC, CDF’s, NGAOS, Women and Youths were trained on Locally Led Climate Change Interventions using the indigenous knowledge; Ward Based Climate Change Response Networks in Kaksingri West, Gwassi North and Lambwe Wards respectively were established; realized Community support on individually owned model farms integrated with FMNR, Tree Nurseries, Orchards, Water harvesting technologies and simple kitchen gardens for use as demo sites for use by local Farmers in learning purposes and a stronger Local Community Climate Change Network was established to Championing and advocate for Public Participation on Sustainable Climate Change Solutions.

Various commitments were made for the ward level climate interventions including organization and undertaking of a more intensive Climate Change Awareness Campaigns through the Chiefs Public Baraza’s and any other social gatherings;  enhancing tree planting campaigns in all the public institutions, forest sites and any other degraded within the wards; arrangement with the Ward Agriculture Officers for support in organizing and Conducting Local Farmers Field Days and collaboration among local community members to keep vigilance and ensure the gazatted forests and riparian areas are protected including the traditional shrines, lake shores, river banks etc.

See detailed report here

  • CUTS NAIROBI UNDERTAKING TRAINING OF WOMEN CLIMATE CHAMPIONS ON SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY, ACCESS TO CLIMATE CHANGE FUND AND CLIMATE FUND PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT HELD ON 26TH/10/2023 AT HOTEL STARIDGE, HOMABAY TOWN

Sub national level Governments are mandated to ensure they develop and implement program that seeks to address and respond to varied development challenges that affects community members in one way or the other. Climate change is one of the greatest development challenges that calls for well-coordinated and funded priority program that enhances the local adaptive capacity to the shocks associated with the climate risks and vulnerability. Climate change so far has attracted massive funding, investment opportunities and technical support by development partners with vested interest to support Government entities and community members to implement homegrown and local initiatives towards cushioning the locals from the vulnerabilities associated with varied climate risk.

In order to ensure the state agencies are accountable to the development partners and largely the local communities in the use of the available climate change financing as CSOs there is need to advance and implement approaches that will ensure state agencies are held accountable. With the Goal of Enhancing Accountability by State in the implementation of FLLOCA Program in Homabay County, Kenya, CUTS therefore coordinated a training session for women climate champions on Social Accountability, Access to Climate Change Fund and Climate Fund Proposal Development. The training targeted forty (40) women climate change champions drawn from the three focus wards of Kaksingri West, Lambwe and Gwasi North.

The objectives of the training  was to build the capacity of women climate champions from Homabay County with adaptive skills and to enhance understanding and application of Social Accountability Concept of Climate Change Financing and Resource mobilization for sustainability; to inculcate the spirit of team work and responsibility among women in responding to climate shocks at the community / grass root level and to strengthen woman participation and response in planning, implementing and over sighting of FLOCCA and other devolved climate change financing at the grass root level. The training covered Social Accountability concept; Climate Change Financing-FLOCCA-Concept and Project Proposal writing.

See detailed report here

  • CUTS NAIROBI COORDINATION OF A JOINT ADVOCACY SESSIONS WITH JOURNALISTS AND COMMUNITY DIALOGUE FORUM (CDF’s) IN BUILDING COMMON POSITIONS TO BE COMMUNICATED TO THE GENERAL POPULATION AND STATE OFFICIALS IN MATTERS OF FINANCING LOCALLY LED CLIMATE ACTION (FLLOCA) AND ITS IMPLEMENTATION.

Homa Bay County is faced with bio-diversity loss, food insecurity, environment degradation, deforestation, pollution, population pressures, prolonged drought, floods, emerging of new pests and diseases, loss of water and conflict among communities in the use and management of available resources among other worrying climate change indicators that must be combated. The residents from the remote area who have been bearing the greatest burden have been on the receiving end having very little information and knowledge on climate change mitigation ideas, lack of awareness about resources for mitigation like the already available Financing Locally Led Actions (FLOCCA) and other funds already committed by the County Government.

On the 8th November at Hotel Staridge from 9am-4pm CUTS mobilized ward climate change champions, selected representative of different media houses operating in Homa Bay County for a media brief deliberation meeting. The meeting was aimed at sensitizing the media personalities on VCA project, onboard them as VCA brand climate change ambassadors and developing the brief to be read in the course of the week for dissemination.

The session brought together 19 males and 14 Female journalists and representatives of community climate change dialogue forum of the three wards of Lambwe, Kaksingri west and Gwasi North wards. Among the media houses present included Radio Ramogi, Radio Citizen, Radio KBC, Radio Mayienga, Radio Lake Victoria; Gulf radio; Radio Nam Lolwe; Star Newspaper; Radio Arise; Radio Maisha; Standard Newspaper; Homa bay county media team and the Daily Nation. From the discussion, key issues emerged which required attention including low level of awareness and knowledge on FLLOCA; Transparency gaps in relation to flow of FLLOCA funding to the County; accountability in relation to what has been achieved so far FLLOCA; low level of awareness and knowledge on climate change; development of locally led adaptation and mitigation projects to be funded through county budget, grants from development partners and support by other actors.

See detailed report here

  • CUTS NAIROBI ON THE RELEASE OF MEDIA BRIEF IN RELATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE ACTIONS IN HOMABAY COUNTY CONDUCTED ON 9/11/2023 AT HOTEL STARIDGE.

Homabay County Climate Change Journey has come a long way coupled with mysterious challenges such as extreme dwindling weather patterns, perennial invasion of the lake-shores by hyacinth, prolonged droughts and famines, floods, land degradation, deforestation, landslides, Lake Surge with negative effects to the vulnerable communities from across the region. These factors combined together compelled the Homabay County Government to Partner with Various Development Partners such as CUTS, DACCA, SUSWATCH, WEL, GENLINK, Homabay County CSO Network, World Vision among others in Coming up with County Climate Change Act 2022 and other legal frameworks to help lay strategies for implementation and mobilization of resources for adaptation like FLOCCA.

With the objective of sensitizing the general public on the milestones Homabay County has achieved so far in relation to Climate Change Preparedness and Governance Process; Highlighting existing gaps Homabay County Leadership and Stakeholders needs to work on collectively to reduce Climate Change Vulnerability and to present community position to Homabay County Leadership on Climate Change Concerns, CUTS on the 9th November 2023 at Hotel Staridge through the VCA project coordinated a press conference (see press release here) pulling together the Media and the Community Dialogue Forum Members (CDF’s) alongside members of the Homabay County Civil Society Organizations Network  members, Consumer Voice of Kenya-CK {including Consumer Downtown Association (CDA), Consumer Grassroots Association (CGA), Generation –Linkage (GENLINK)} to disseminate key information on the Position of the stakeholders regarding the ongoing climate change programs in form of a press release. It is expected that the information will bring a positive change of behavior among the community members on matters addressing climate change impacts and that communities will adopt best practices in responding to climate change impacts.

See detailed report here

  • CUTS NAIROBI ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNITY CLIMATE CHANGE SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY TOOL FOR TRACKING THE CLIMATE CHANGE FUNDING AND ACTIONS AT WARD LEVEL OVER THE PERIOD 11TH NOVEMBER 2023 TO 27TH NOVEMBER 2023.

Climate change financing and tracking of funds continue to receive attention from government, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Development Partners (DPs) and the private sector. Usually, government leads the way to formulate policies, mobilize resources, facilitate engagement and above all, coordinates multiple efforts by the actors aiming at combating climate change. One important factor that determines Homa Bay County’s ability to tackle climate change decisively is her ability to identify, prioritize and harness capacities to access climate funds from multiple sources. In response to the numerous efforts to access climate change resources, financial inflows to support climate activities have increased.

The County implements most of the climate actions through its main budget and largely from donor funded programs. This calls for development and implementation of accountability mechanisms to help monitor, track, verify and report on the flow and impact of climate finances from various sources including the National treasury, donors, development partners and County treasury to the recipient user departments charged with the mandate of designing and implementing climate related actions.

CUTS took it upon itself to help the county of Homabay to have its first draft Climate change financing and tracking toolkit to among others helps to provide comprehensive data on climate change relevant budgeting and spending, to enables government to make informed decisions and prioritize climate investments. With the toolkit, CUTS is seeking to build trust and accountability with regard to climate investments in Homabay County.  Climate Finance Tracking Template comprises of sampled direct and indirect climate actions drawn from various county departments with itemized budgets as configured in the IFMIS platform – an avenue through which one is able to trace what was approved and what has been spent so far based on the prioritized projects. See the toolkit here

See detailed report here

  • CUTS NAIROBI ON COMMUNITY SENSITIZATION ON THE SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY TOOLKIT HELD ON 29TH NOVEMBER, 2023 AT SINDO FOREST.

CUTS coordinated a dissemination workshop on the 29th November 2023 at Sindo Forest with objectives  including among other  Promoting Social Accountability Mechanism in the implementation of Climate Change Program; to launch the Homabay County Social Accountability Tool kit for Monitoring Climate Financing;  to facilitate access to Information on Climate Change Financing ;  to enhance demand for accountability on Climate Financing and to harness feedback from participants on key areas of improvement in the tool kit.

The Homabay County Climate Finance Tracking Template comprises of sampled direct and indirect climate actions drawn from various county departments with itemized budgets as configured in the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) platform – an avenue through which one is able to trace what was approved and what has been spent so far based on the prioritized projects.  IFMIS captures current and development expenditures aligned to standard codes in line with the standard chart of accounts. The system also provides indicate cumulative commitments, payments, outstanding commitments and balances for each vote and item code. This financial information therefore is critical for anyone with vested interest to verify authenticity of expenditures. Community Dialogue Forums will be expected to populate the climatic tracking tool on quarterly basis considering cash flow projections by County departments fall within each quarter. It is anticipated that within each quarter, Counties are expected to fulfill necessary processes including advertisement, award of contracts, preparing payment schedules, raise and share with the Office of the Controller of Budget (OCOB) consolidated county budget requisition attached with projects and activities to be financed and implemented within the period to be considered by OCOB for approval and release of County Funds.

The CDFs will be expected to read and understand the content of Programme-Based Budget (PBB) being the budgeting framework adopted in Kenya. It links closely to the budget configured in IFMIS. PBB gives snapshot of programme and sub programme level, programme objectives, summary of programme and sub-programme allocations, allocations based on economic classifications at program and subprograms level, outputs, indicators, baseline information and targets. The structure and content therein will be updated periodically to reflect on the choice of priority programs, projects derived from the CIDP and captured in the CADP and costing of prioritized programs, activities and projects during preparation of annual budget estimates that upon approval that gets uploaded and configured into IFMIS.

See detailed report here

  • HOMABAY COUNTY CLIMATE CHANGE STAKEHOLDERS/ PARTNERS CONSULTATIVE MEETING

CUTS in partnership with the VCA program structures and coordination unit in Homa Bay county coordinated a civil society organization co-creation and engagement meeting that brought together a total of 39 CSOs and 6 government officials implementing climate change related programs, projects and activities in different parts of Homa Bay county.  The aims of the activity included the documentation of climate change interventions and best practices by different actors that are worth replicating to other parts of the county. The development partners and representative of community groups had an opportunity to share on what they are doing in relation to climate change programming, project sites, target groups (primary and secondary), challenges and mitigation measures and came up with a framework (platform) for facilitating regular CSO engagement, information sharing and knowledge management in matters climate change.

From the presentations, a lot seems to be taking place and that is worth documenting as a way of demonstrating evidence of the good work by different actors towards reducing climate change vulnerabilities associated with climate hazards and risks that negatively impact on the wellbeing of already vulnerable community members. Distribution of development partners and climate change actions across the county is one area that was identified by the meeting and needs to be given much attention considering some of the wards are not covered at all  this makes them to be more disadvantaged and it calls for remedy  where development actor and government agencies plan today and agree on how to distribute development projects hence reducing duplication and wastage of major financial resources that if put into good use then will contribute towards enhancing resilience of communities affected by climate change.

The following were some of the areas that were identified for possible partnership and collaboration in relation to climate change programming and implementation; Building capacities of duty and right holders on mainstreaming of climate change, promotion of technology considering the ongoing challenges being occasioned by the climate change, information sharing /exchange programs as means of continued learning and sensitization, supporting small community adaptation and mitigation projects, policy discourse, advocacy towards participatory planning and resource allocation and utilization and periodic CSO engagement  meetings. Moving forward it was agreed that CSO engagement meetings will be held on a quarterly basis with the next one scheduled for in the month of July a lean team of 5 members drawn from different organizations were mandated to deliberate and come up with strategies of how the next meeting will be conducted.

See Detailed Report Here.

  • CUTS NAIROBI COORDINATING THE INAUGURATION OF WARD CLIMATE CHANGE PLANNING COMMITTEES FOR HOMABAY COUNTY

CUTS VCA project recognized the relevance of the ward committees to support ward residents adapt or mitigate climate risks/vulnerabilities by designing and in delivering on projects designed to reduce vulnerabilities associated climate risks and impacts among the ward residents. CUTS is also aware of the recent concluded participatory climate risk analysis (PCRA) process whose findings will inform on the choice of climate change adaptation and mitigation actions that are specific of individual wards given the varied climate risks. CUTS in partnership with the Department of Water, Sanitation, Irrigation, Forestry and Climate Change through the VCA project supported in the mobilization of 33 ward climate change committee members from (Gwassi North, Lambwe and Kaksingri –west wards being the VCA project wards) to climate change orientation workshop held on the 08/06/2023 at Hotel Staridge from 8am-2pm. The Workshop objectives included: – sensitization of the ward climate change committee members on their roles/responsibilities as envisaged in the Act; dissemination of ward specific PCRA findings; and giving highlights on different climate change priorities earmarked for the FY 2023-2024.  The engagement was also intended to prepare the committee member to initiate discussions with ward stakeholders on the possible climate change adaptation and mitigation projects to be funded through the county medium term expenditure framework and by other development actors with vested interest to contribute towards reducing levels of climate change vulnerability among county residents.

See Detailed Report

  • CUTS NAIROBI ON SENSITIZATION OF WARD CLIMATE CHANGE COMMIITTEES AND CLIMATE CHANGE CHAMPIONS ON THEIR ROLES AS PER THE HOMABAY COUNTY CLIMATE CHANGE ACT OF 2022

Homabay County Climate Change Act of 2022 provides for the establishment of the ward climate change planning committees as structures expected to play fundamental roles in matters climate change programming at the lowest level within the context of the devolved system of governance, the ward committees are supposed to help in the mobilization, organization and participation of ward residents in the identification and implementation of either adaptation or mitigation actions based on the climate risks and vulnerabilities developed in a participatory manner with support from the County climate change technical committee. In order for the committees to be effective in the execution of their roles and responsibilities, they are expected to pose right skill set, knowledge, information and necessary support to be effective and efficient in their duties.

The CUTS VCA project recognizes the relevance of the ward committees to support ward residents adapt or mitigate climate risks/vulnerabilities by designing and in delivering on projects designed to reduce vulnerabilities associated climate risks and impacts among the ward residents. The project is also aware of the recent concluded participatory climate risk analysis (PCRA) process whose findings will inform on the choice of climate change adaptation and mitigation actions that are ward specific given the varied climate risks.

As a result, CUTS in partnership with the Department of Water, Sanitation, Irrigation, Forestry and Climate Change through the VCA project mobilized and trained 33 ward climate change committee members and 55 climate change champions drawn from (Gwassi North, Lambwe and Kaksingri –west wards which are also the VCA project sites). This took place on 20/06/2023 at Hotel Staridge Homa Bay from 8am-4pm.  Among the workshop objectives included equipping the ward climate change committee members with knowledge, skills and climate change information; equipping the ward climate change committee members on their roles/responsibilities as envisaged in the Homa Bay County Climate Change Act of 2022 Act;  development of way forward on actions to be implemented by the committee members after the workshop and sharing climate change project templates to enable committee members once back in their wards to embark on the process of engaging ward residents in developing adaptation and mitigation projects to be funded in the FY 2023-2024 through FLOCCA. The training is also intended to prepare the committee member to initiate discussions with ward stakeholders on the possible climate change adaptation and mitigation projects to be funded through the county medium term expenditure framework and by other development actors with vested interest to contribute towards reducing levels of climate change vulnerability among county residents.

See Detailed Report here

  • CUTS NAIROBI SENSITIZATION BARAZAZS FOR CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE ACT 2016, HOMABAY COUNTY CLIMATE CHANGE ACT 2022

CUTS organized ward level meetings to enhance the understanding on the contents and opportunities within the Homabay climate change policy and Act at the community level. With a component of expert training to the local community. CUTS in partnership with the VCA implementation program structures and coordination unit in Homa Bay County managed to identify, mobilize and conduct a one-day successful Baraza for each of the three (3) wards towards popularizing the contents of Homa Bay County Climate Change Policy 2022, Homa Bay County Climate Change Act 2022 and National Climate Change Act 2016. Each of the barazas had an average of 40 participants including ward climate champions, selected ward climate change committee members, youth champions, government officials and representatives of the civil society organizations implementing climate change programs and activities in different parts of Homa Bay county.

See the various Reports for Kaksingri West, Gwasi North and Lambwe wards Barazas.

  • CUTS NAIROBI SUPPORTING THE PARTICIPATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE CHAMPIONS AND CSOs IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE 3RD GENERATION CIDP 2023-2027 TO EFFECTIVELY CAPTURES CLIMATE CHANGE AGENDA FOR THE COUNTY.

CUTS undertook to empower selected representatives of climate champions or CSOs from the VCA project wards of Kaksingri West, Lambwe and Gwassi North to understand the details of the CIDP documents and more so the way in which Climate change components have been captured in the draft CIDP 2023-2027. The training workshop organized for supporting 20 (5M, 15F) champions had the following objectives to fulfill: – building the capacity of CDFs on the components of third generation CIDP 2023-2027 climate change priorities; training the CDFs on relevant skills on engaging the relevant duty bearers responsible for climate change programs and activities and sensitizing the CDFs on SDGs.

See Detailed Report Here

  • CUTS NAIROBI STAKEHOLDERS IN HOMABAY COUNTY IN COMMEMORATING WCRD 2023 MARKED ON 15TH MARCH 2023 UNDER THE THEME “EMPOWERING CONSUMERS THROUGH CLEAN ENERGY TRANSITIONS”.

CUTS Nairobi with support from the VCA project coordination unit in Homa Bay managed to Mobilize and engage a total of 170 stakeholders out of 200 stakeholders to join the rest of the world in commemorating world consumer rights day (WCRD) 2023 marked on 15th March 2023 under the theme “Empowering Consumers through Clean Energy Transitions”. The World Consumer Rights Day is one of the global events commemorated every year with an aim of promoting consumer protection and increasing global knowledge of consumer rights which one silent area that hasn’t been explored thanks for CUTS picking up this initiative to localize such international days at sub national level that is counties. It is also used to raise awareness of global, regional, national and sub national market inequalities.

The event on Access to energy products and services is such a critical component towards driving realization of sustainable development in different democracies across the world of course with sharp focus on the vulnerable communities given low economic ability and power to acquire modern energy products leaving the majority to resort to use other cooking and lighting products (unclean sources of energy). Overuse of sources of energy that are not clean has led to an increase in disease burden among vulnerable households this predisposes them further to face other vulnerabilities it’s on this background that CUTS thought it wise to have this engagement in Homa Bay county.

See Detailed Report Here

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