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Kisumu organizations developing tools to track locally-led climate financing


NAIROBI, Kenya, April 17 – Civil society organizations (CSOs) working in Kisumu County are developing tools to track the implementation of the Financing Locally Led Climate Action Program (FLLOCA).

Mike Joseph, coordinator of Sustainable Environmental Development Watch (Suswatch) Kenya, says the implementation of the fund in the county is shrouded in secrecy.

The devolved unit has received a Sh273 million climate resilience investment grant from FLLOCA.

“The county government has not been implementing the climate finances in the right way,” said Mike.

Mike says the tools they are developing will be key to knowing how the funds are being utilized for the intended purpose.

Speaking in Kisumu on Wednesday during a forum on alternative voices for climate change advocacy, Mike said the county must ensure consistent CSOs and local community engagements in climate change decision making.

“We will demand the availability of relevant information including publishing critical budget documents on the county websites,” he said.

The FLLOCA program’s development objective is to deliver locally-led climate resilience actions and strengthen the county and national governments’ capacity to manage climate risks.

Mike says the county must stick to the community needs in terms of the climate change priorities that need to be implemented.

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Ruth Otieno, who runs a local organization in Kisumu East, says the county government has overlooked their projects, which were in line with the participatory climate risk assessment.

Otieno says since women are vulnerable to climate change, they designed projects that tend to mitigate its effects.

“Women are always vulnerable during flooding but to our surprise, the county government has allocated funds which are not part of the risk assessment plan we did,” she said.

She says the county will miss its targets for addressing climate change effects if it fails to prioritize the needs of the locals.

The CSOs say flooding, which is affecting the county and displacing locals annually, will be a thing of the past if the needs of the locals are prioritized.

Michael Nyaguti of Magnam Environmental Network says what locals living in flood-prone areas are demanding has not been addressed, thus the reoccurrence of flooding.

“If you go to Kabonyo Kanyagwal or Kakola Ombaka today, the people will tell you what they need. One of them being the River Nyando being dredged up to Lake Victoria,” he said.

Nyaguti says over the years, locals have been singing about dykes, but nobody is listening to them.

“Why has the county government never thought of doing this, year in year out, the people of Kakola Ombaka are moving out of their homes and their farms,” he said.

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He noted that addressing climate change needs a close knit working group with the people, whereby their needs are prioritized to find a lasting solution.





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