With Financial support from DANIDA through Care international in Uganda, Environment Alert (EA) is implementing a 4 year project titled ‘Strengthening resilience and promoting inclusive governance for women and youth in vulnerable communities (STRENPO).This project is implemented jointly with three other partners in three districts of Arua, Kyegegwa and Kyenjojo. The partners include:-EA charged with facilitating institutional and coordination of the Environment and Natural Resources – Civil Society Organizations2, PROLINNOVA3 and UFWG4 Networks for building consensus aimed at joint implementation of structured engagements that contribute to climate resilience at national and local level. Advocates coalition for development and Environment (ACODE) which is charged with generating evidence based issues to inform the development and implementation of laws, policies, practices, plans, strategies, programs and budgets that support resilience and participation of women and youth in the governance of Uganda’s natural assets. RICE-WN responsible with Organizing and facilitating the community-based actions in Arua (West Nile) targeting refugees and host communities and strengthening capacity of the target communities to manage physical, social, economic and natural assets. While Joint Efforts to Save the Environment is responsible for organizing and facilitating the community-based actions in Kyegegwa and Kyenjojo, prepare and implement community resilience actions that include strengthening capacity of the target communities to manage physical, social, economic and natural assets.
JESE and RICE –WN operate at local level while EA and ACODE are National level CSOs.The local level CSOs are responsible for informing the advocacy interventions at national level by generating the required evidence for the advocacy issues that may require national level advocacy.
Ultimately the program seeks to promote an inclusive, humanitarian and development approach that will lead to the economic empowerment of women and youth in refugee and host communities as well as improve governance of Natural resources.
Under this program, EA contributes largely on the Second objective that seeks to ensure that Civil society organizations and networks have increased capacity and expanded spaces for negotiation between empowered citizens , refugees and accountable duty bearers through multi-stakeholder platforms focused on resilience. It also seeks to ensure that Government and other duty-bearers, at district and national levels are inclusive and accountable in delivering a well-coordinated response to key drivers of risks and thereby responding to the demands and needs of citizens and refugees.
EA has already conducted a capacity needs assessment for CSOs and networks capacity for delivering on climate resilience interventions. Findings show that lobbying and advocacy comes out glaringly as a big capacity gap that needs to be bridged. Work on climate resilience goes with policy influence at national and local levels. This requires skilling in order to appear relevant.
In a related arrangement, Policy and advocacy still came out as one of the critical areas that need to be strengthened for CSOs under a sister project supported by UNDP under the inclusive green growth for poverty reduction program.
It’s against the above background therefore that, EA has organized for a two day training for CSOs, networks and working groups on lobbying, policy analysis and advocacy aimed at raising their capacity to expand spaces for negotiation between empowered citizens, refugees and accountable duty bearers through multi-stakeholder platforms focused on resilience.
The overall objective for this consultancy is to train and equip members of the CSOs partners, networks and working groups both at National and local level in Lobbying ,policy analysis and advocacy to increase resilience and scale up of program methodologies.
The activity is scheduled for 10th -11th October, 2019 at Eureka Place Hotel.