The first phase helped to identify the needs and gaps relating to climate change planning and mainstreaming gender at county level. This informed the design and implementation of several training sessions and the development of guidelines to mainstream climate change in county development.
Almost one year on, it is invaluable to review these activities and assess their medium-term impact on the development of Kajiado and Nakuru for learning purposes and to improve future interventions. Furthermore, whereas the first phase focused almost exclusively on county officials, this second phase proposes to also reach out and target citizens and private sector providers to raise their awareness and capacity and develop intervention plans for projects in relation to climate change and gender issues. This will guarantee a more holistic and tangible approach that is more likely to bring about long-term sustainable changes.
Finally, this project will aim to be more outward looking in terms of investing in advocacy and communication activities that enable the guidelines and findings from the project to be more widely disseminated and thereby encourage similar interventions in other counties.
More recently, in line with Kenya’s new constitution and associated devolution process, IEWM is investing its’ experience and skills to support county level institutions, notably through the County Integrated Development Plans, to address climate change, gender and water resources management issues to ensure sustainable and equitable development interventions. IEWM’s expertise and skills will be applied within this project, with a strong emphasis on continuously learning, adapting and improving our own efforts and approaches.
Objectives of the Intervention
- To strengthen county decision-makers’ skills and coordination mechanisms to effectively mainstream climate change and gender within policies and plans and implement this within their development interventions
- To develop an investment plan and financing proposal for at least one development project in each county that integrates gender and climate change, and engages citizens and the private sector.
- To improve service provider’s and citizens’ understanding and participation in climate change actions at local and county levels