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THE KENYA ACCOUNTABLE DEVOLUTION PROGRAM II

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The World Bank in collaboration with the Council of Governors and the National Treasury has been working on the accreditation of COG to Green Climate Fund under the Devolution and Locally-led Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Programme. COG through the National Treasury requested the World Bank to support its effort to be accredited in order to tap into the Green Climate Change Fund (GCF) and other climate funds to support Counties. The Institute of Law and Environmental Guidelines (ILEG) was contracted to undertake the process. The GCF is the most promising international fund for climate change action, hence the reason CoG is looking to tap into the fund. The CoG will receive the funds as a grant manager hence the fiduciary standards have to be put under considerations.

The Institute of Law and Environmental Guidelines has carried out a gap analysis on the COG as an initial requirement towards the Council of Governors secretariat’s capacity to be accredited as an executing entity. From the assessment, CoG has come out as the most suitable organization to undertake this activity. COG rightfully forms a platform for collective bargaining as it plays a coordinating and facilitative role in the devolution space. Some of the issues arising include; Key climate challenges including limited resources, policy and legislative gaps since most get stuck at the County Assembly, training needs among others.

In the fight against climate change, Counties have established devolved frameworks for Climate Change such as ward adaptation committees, developing proposals to raise funds as well as mainstreaming climate in development planning.

During a meeting where ILEG did a presentation to the Council of Governors secretariat on the findings, the Council of Governors CEO called for ring fencing of the grants. She also urged that access to the climate funds to be pegged on performance and improvement of the money allocated to the sector.

ILEG also held a meeting with Excellency Governors and CECMs in Charge of the Tourism and Natural Resources Management Committee and took them through the progress made so far in accrediting COG to Green Climate Fund and lauded the process which will be supported under the KADP II as a defining moment for Counties towards enhancing up scaling climate action.

Further experience sharing on the implementation of KADP II program in the pilot counties ; Narok, Siaya, Kwale and Makueni took place with counties highlighting critical milestones accomplished under the programme and the need to scale it out to more other Counties in KADP III.

Under this backdrop, Tourism and Natural Resources Management Committee held their quarterly meeting to discuss the sector issues such as; the need for Counties that have not signed TIPs to finalize and implement, counties to operationalize County Environment Committees as well as the Climate Change units in order to address the threats emanating from Climate Change and environmental management, role of counties in management of county forests, the operationalization of the intergovernmental framework on water, implementation of the Mining policy brief, Compensation schemes for victims of human wildlife conflict and Transfer of ownership of museums.

Various sector institutions represented in the partners engagement session include; The Word Bank, The National Treasury, NEMA, Kenya Forest Service, Water Sector Development Partners Group, Kenya School of Government, and Water Sector Trust Fund.

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