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STUDY MISSION BY THE GOVERNMENT OF UGANDA OFFICIALS ON MAINSTREAMING AND BUDGETING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

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The Government of Uganda officials working in the Ministries of Water, Environment, Finance, Planning and Economic Development as well as representatives from GIZ led by Ms. Maris Wanyera-Director Debt and Cash Policy and Mr. Chebet Maikut-Commissioner, Climate change Department held a meeting on 16th May, 2019 with the Council of Governors Tourism and Natural Resource Management Committee where Climate change is domiciled to learn the work that the Council and Counties have done in regards to climate change mainstreaming and budgeting.
The team was in Kenya for a study mission to benchmark on the work that the Government of Kenya has done in climate finance tagging, budgeting and tracking as part of the South-South experience sharing to inform the climate budgeting work currently at the initial phases in Uganda. Speaking in the meeting, Natural Resource Management Programme Officer, Ann Tek noted, “We are glad to have guests from our neighboring Country coming to learn from us. The Council of Governors is a centre of excellence and a home of best practices. We endeavor to serve the public and Nation at large with dedication and precision.” The Council’s Secretariat staff were also able to furnish the team with the roles and mandates of the Council as well as share experiences in coordinating the climate change work in the Counties as well as what County Governments have achieved so far and the linkages in place with the National Government Ministries to ensure effective collaboration in the arena.
In turn the delegation shared their experiences in terms of what they are doing in the districts in Uganda such as having allocation formulae’s for the different sectors in the districts. The team was keen on learning how the Governors embrace issues of climate change in their Counties, the structure of the climate change units and the extent to which Counties support the units, the financing arrangement in terms of how money trickles down to the Counties and the private sector engagement with the Counties.
Adding to the conversation, the head of the Ugandan Delegation noted, “We appreciate what we have witnessed and heard from all of you. We carry home with us a lot of lessons that we will domesticate so that we improve issues of climate change in our Country.” After the meeting, it was agreed that the delegation would come up with a road map of the next steps after they had completed their study mission and would invite the Council and representatives from the Counties to Kampala for any further deliberations on how they can replicate some of the work the Counties are doing in their districts.

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