Environment Alert (EA) is implementing a project titled ‘Increasing access to sustainable and renewable energy alternatives in the Albertine Graben’ that aims at communities adopting sustainable renewable energy alternatives to reduce dependency on biomass for their energy needs. The project is being implemented in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature – Uganda Country Office (WWF-UCO) with financial support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). One of the project outcomes is ‘Project CSOs have capacity to engage government and private sector on adoption of policies, legislation and best practices for sustainable and renewable energy access.
There are already initiatives that have been done to contribute to the achievement of the above project outcome, i.e. EA has already developed a CSOs and Networks advocacy strategy which provides a framework for the project CSOs & Networks to undertake advocacy interventions aimed at increasing access to sustainable and renewable energy options in the Albertine Graben to reduce the demand for biomass there by contributing to conservation of high value forest ecosystems to benefit people and nature in Uganda.
In addition, WWF developed a capacity needs assessment tool that was used to assess Project CSOs and Networks in terms of the level of internal capacity and the results achieved by the CSOs in relation to WWF and other donor support in becoming effective managers, advocates and agents of change for sustainable development. The results of this assessment provide an indication of the performance of CSO capacity building work and what is required to improve planning and intervention strategies to build strong civil society organizations/networks. Therefore, different capacity building interventions were delivered to the Project CSOs and Networks which include: i) training in lobbying and advocacy to equip members with knowledge and skills in conducting advocacy work in renewable energy and ii) training of project CSOs and Networks on Monitoring and Evaluation as applied to lobbying and advocacy to equip members with knowledge and skills in the aspects of M & E as applied to lobbying and advocacy with practical examples on renewable energy policy engagement at both national and local level.
It’s against that background that Environment Alert is organizing a capacity building training for Renewable energy CSO network (RESCO network) members in budget tracking and monitoring for application during planning & budgeting processes at both local and national level to influence allocation to the renewable energy sub-sector.
Therefore A two-day capacity building training for renewable energy CSO network (RECSO Network) members in budget tracking and monitoring at both local and national level is being implemented from 29th to 30th July 2020. However, participation is only by invite.