Stakeholder Engagement in Climate Change Budgeting
Local communities and subnational authorities are crucial actors in climate change governance, with a duty to translate global and national climate change mitigation and adaptation goals into concrete-on-the-ground actions. This is particularly so if policy choices and actions are based on participatory processes that draw largely from local knowledge and experiences. Effective participation of local communities in climate change decision-making can enhance acceptance and support for climate actions.
Public participation is a major requirement in development planning and budgeting processes. The Public Finance Management Act, 2012, provides for citizen participation in public financial management, particularly, with regard to formulation of the National Budget Policy Statement, County Fiscal Strategy Paper, the Budget Estimates; the preparation of Division of Revenue Bill and County Allocation of Revenue Bill. Similarly, the County Government Act, 2012, requires the county governments to facilitate processes of public participation. Guided by an awareness of climate risks, communities can prioritise climate actions and ensure that sufficient resources are allocated and distributed for implementation.
In response to the urgency to scale up efforts to tackle the climate crisis, the County Government of Kwale through the Climate Change Unit (CCU) developed a Policy and Bill. The draft climate change governance instruments will be subjected to public participation before the approval by the County Executive and Assembly. However, adequate resources are required to facilitate the process of public participation. Seeking meaningful ways of mobilizing adequate resources for public participation on Draft Policy and Bill on climate change is at the heart of this Dialogue.
- Activity Description
The policy dialogue is scheduled for Tuesday 23 March, 2020 at Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Resort in Diani. Apart from providing a platform for debate to appreciate and prioritize climate change in budget making process, it will prompt local communities to advocate for county budgetary allocations to support public participation on the Draft Policy and Bill. Specifically, the workshop seeks to:
- Strengthen capacities of local communities to participate in the county budgeting processes;
- Prioritize climate change in budget-making processes;
- Advocate for budgetary allocation for public participation on Draft Policy and Bill on climate change for Kwale County.
- Targeted outputs
- Local capacities are strengthened for improved participation in county budgeting processes;
- Local-level climate change mitigation and adaptation actions are prioritized;
- Progress made towards the passage of the Policy and Bill on climate change.
The Policy Dialogue will bring together approximately 30 participants drawn from the local communities, NGOs, private sector, and national and county governments. The event will be facilitated by ILEG.
- Draft Programme
|Tuesday 23 March 2021|
|09:00 – 09:30||Arrival and registration|
|09:30 – 10:00
|Welcoming remarks, scene setting and introduction
● Round of introduction
● Benson Ochieng, Executive Director, ILEG
● Joseph Indo, County Director, Environment and Natural Resources
● Purpose and Overview of the Workshop
Moderator: Francis Oremo, ILEG
|Draft Climate Change Policy and Bill for Kwale County
|11:45 – 11:00||Health Break|
|11.00 – 12.00||County Budgeting Processes
|12.00 – 13.00||Climate responsive budgeting
· What is climate responsive budgeting?
· Why climate responsive budgeting?
· Opportunities for climate responsive budgeting in Kwale County
Moderator: Francis Oremo, ILEG
|13:00 – 14:00||Lunch Break|
|14:00 -15:30||Review of Fiscal Strategy Paper, and Annual Development Plan
● Will the proposed budget tackle climate change in Kwale?
● What are “climate gaps” in the proposed budget?
Moderator: Mohamed Ali, KCNRN
|15:30- 16:00||Next steps and wrap-up