Kenya-South Africa Study Tour

01/08/2018

V-LED is pleased to announce the Kenya-South Africa study tour. From the 19th to the 24th of August, South African governing officials will meet with their counterparts in Kenya to discuss successful strategies for low-emission development and climate finance.

The two countries are leading the way towards integrating climate change into national development strategies, and V-LED partners in Kenya—the Institute for Law and Environmental Governance (ILEG)—and South Africa—Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) and OneWorld—have been working for the past three years on facilitating dialogue among multi-level governing officials, members of civil society, the private sector, and experts. The V-LED project vision is that dialogue among diverse stakeholders at the local, regional, national, and international levels is imperative to countries adequately planning for a changing climate and meeting their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement.

Lead by OneWorld and ILEG with additional support from adelphi, representatives from national and subnational levels will participate in a one-week tour and good practice exchange in Kenya.

The generable objective of the study tour is to improve participants’ awareness of achievable options for replicable climate action with a focus on finance and multi-level governance. Accessing climate finance continues to be a challenge for developing countries, particularly at the sub-national level. For that reason, seeking meaningful ways of adequately financing local climate action is at the heart of this study tour exchange.

The tour will begin in Nairobi, where participants will meet at the Kenyan Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources to discuss climate change within the context of Kenya’s transformative devolution strategy that decentralises governing authority and increases transparency and citizen participation. Later in the week, participants will stay in Kwale County and participate in various dialogue sessions about subnational climate adaptation and mitigation strategies and funding options. Throughout the study tour, participants will visit multiple sites of low-carbon development and adaptation projects.

By the end of the tour, participants will have:

  • Gained insights about navigating the challenges of advancing local climate action and financing,
  • Increased their knowledge about the imperatives of local action for achieving NDCs,
  • Increased their know-how for securing finance for future climate action;
  • Established or advanced inter- and intra-country networks; and
  • Improved their understanding about the opportunities, resource constraints, and obligations associate with devolved climate governance.

Both South Africa and Kenya are leaders in international climate change governance, and climate change advocates are committed that Africa gets a fair and balanced deal on climate change adaptation and mitigation with substantial and sustained financial flows to enable climate action from the local to continental scale. We look forward to facilitating an interesting tour and anticipate valuable exchanges between participating leaders form South Africa and Kenya.