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Isiolo County Government Preparing to Access Climate Finance

The CAF approach, initially piloted in Isiolo and now extended to Makueni, Garissa, Kitui and Wajir, consists of a pot of money from which communities through elected Ward Adaptation Planning Committees draw down from to finance public good investments prioritized by local communities. Climate information is used to inform the nature of investments to ensure they build resilience not only to today’s climate variability and shocks, but also to future climate change.

“The CAF approach is very commendable as it reflects the genuine voices of the people in planning which is in line with the spirit of devolution” said Ms. Aisha Abdi, County Executive Committee Member in charge of Finance and Planning, Isiolo County. “Once the CAF is established, for operation and administration of the fund, there in no need to reinvent the wheel but replicate the bottom up approach that has been piloted in Isiolo and which is already successful”, Ms Abdi added.

Kenya has a robust institutional framework for addressing climate adaptation and mitigation that is recognized internationally, nationally and at county level. The constitution of Kenya (2010) and Public Finance Management Act, 2012 (PFMA) provides sufficient legal provisions by which county governments can set up and raise revenue for their own public funds, including for climate change adaptation.

“The establishment of the CAF in the county mechanism and system is an innovative use of the Kenya Constitution and the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) which empowers the county executive member in charge of finance, with approval from the County Executive Committee and County Assembly to establish such a fund as a public fund which can be resourced from different sources including budgetary allocation, private sector, national and international sources ” says Victor Orindi, Coordinator of the Adaptation Consortium “ and where climate adaptation programmes are included in the CIDP, then such activities can be funded from the county budget”, he added.

Kenya is the 2nd largest recipient of climate finance in Sub-Saharan Africa receiving over US$ 457.8 million during 2007-2013. Most of this has been dedicated to the development of the national energy grid. Only US$42.12 million has been earmarked for adaptation largely at national level. Of this only a small fraction has gone into supporting actual adaptation on the ground where the most vulnerable are. The county governments working with the Adaptation Consortium are rectifying this situation by positioning themselves as sub-national ‘implementing entities’ to access, disburse and monitor climate finance in support of community-prioritised adaptation actions.

Preparing county governments to access climate finance and mainstream climate change in planning in support of adaptation is the objective of the Adaptation Consortium – a programme led by the National Drought Management Authority and funded with the generous support of the UK Aid

For more information on the establishment of CAF see the briefing paper on Establishing Climate Change Adaptation Funding Mechanism at the County – Level in Kenya - Briefing Paper updates and Briefing Paper.Contacts for interviewsInformation from the counties contact: Mumina Bonaya: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +254 723445166 (Isiolo) Eston Njuki: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +254705215201 (Kitui and Makueni Counties)Media contact,Jane Kiiru, who can also arrange for journalists to meet community committees and fund beneficiaries (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).