Decentralised Climate Finance programme launched
On 25th of June, 2016 the programme on decentralised Climate Finance was officially launched in Dodoma. This is a 5year programme, which will facilitate investments in improving responses to climate change across 15 test districts in mainland Tanzania and 3 districts in Zanzibar.
The President’s Office – Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG) is the National Coordinator of the Decentralised Climate Finance Programme and will work in collaboration with Vice President’s Office, Ministry of Finance and Planning, Institute of Rural Development Planning, Local Government Training Institute (Hombolo), Tanzania Meteorological Agency, Hakikazi and Tanzania Natural Resources Forum. This programme is funded by UKAID with technical support by the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED) and United Nations Capita Development Fund (UNCDF).
More than 80 participants from various organisations including government institutions, development partners and non-governmental organisation attended the Launch. The main aim for the Launch was signing of the Project Implementation Agreement between PORALG, IIED and UNCDF to mark the official opening of the programme.
The objectives of the project are to provide technical and financial support to the Government to build its capacities to mainstream climate change into local government planning and financial systems and to prepare PO-RALG to be accredited as a National Implementing Entity (NIE) to the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
The main goals of the project include;
• Establishing a Performance-based Climate Resilience Grant (LoCAL) system in Tanzania
• Establishing decentralised district climate finance and planning mechanisms in 15 district councils in mainland Tanzania and 3 districts in Zanzibar to finance community prioritized investments in public goods that build climate resilience.
• Ensuring that investments that build climate resilience are effectively and efficiently implemented and managed by the districts, and that their performance transparently assessed as part of the grant mechanism.
• Building the capacity of PO-RALG to develop the necessary competencies to scale-up decentralised climate finance in support of community-driven adaptation across Tanzania.
• Generate evidence and learning on the effectiveness of decentralised climate finance investments to improve community resilience, differentiated by gender, which can be used to inform policy.