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County Governments to Set Up County Adaptation Fund in readiness for Climate Finance

The Adaptation Consortium through the County Adaptation Fund aims at rectifying this situation by prioritizing community felt needs. The CAF encourages community members to identify investments that build their resilience to climate change and then finances these projects. This ensures that interventions are demand driven and that resources reach the most deserving.

“The CAF approach is very commendable as it reflects the genuine voices of the people in planning which is inline with the spirit of devolution” said Ms. Aisha Abdi, County Executive Committee Member in charge of Finance and Planning in 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”. She added.

The five county governments of Isiolo, Garissa, Kitui, Makueni and Wajir are in the process of adopting the CAF as a public fund in readiness of accessing the climate finance that is set to rise to US$100 billion by the year 2020. The fund will aim at enhancing community resilience to climate change through prioritized and timely interventions.

The debate on the Green Climate Funds has largely focused on how to transfer funds from the global to national and to local levels. The CAF mechanism, the first of its kind in Kenya, could prove to be a versatile mechanism through which funds can reach the most deserving to support their resilience in adapting to climate change. Their devolved nature could make them the preferred mechanism for direct access to the climate funds, supporting the county-driven focus of the fund.

“Climate change is a universal threat but for Arid and Semi-Arid Lands we need to prioritise adaptation,” said Mr. Ahmed Abdullahi, Governor for Wajir County. “It is very important that we adapt and mainstream the CAF process into government planning systems, “ the Governor added.

The Constitution of Kenya and the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), 2012 provides sufficient legal provisions by which county governments can set up and raise revenues for their own public fund, including for climate change adaptation. In the PFMA, the county executive member in charge of finance can, with the approval of the county executive committee and the county assembly, establish county-level funds using the county revenue allocation.

“Upon establishment, CAF will help initiate programs to support access to resources that will help in adaptation to climate change and also support programs that will enhance climate change resilience”, said His Excellency Ms. Peninah Malonza, Deputy County Governor Kitui. “The Kitui county government is in much support of curbing climate change issues and ensuring a proper environment for each person” the Deputy Governor added.

Jane Kiiru is the communications officer for the Adaptation Consortium (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)