Climate Governance and Integrity

Climate Governance and Integrity  Programme: Addressing good governance in climate finance

Background
Transparency International – Kenya (TI-Kenya) is a non profit organisation that aims to promote a transparent and corruption free Kenya with good governance and social justice initiatives. TI-Kenya is part of the Transparency International global movement that is a non-partisan
coalition of individuals with a shared vision of a corruption free world. It is an autonomous Chapter in the Transparency International movement, with which we share knowledge and exchange ideas for the greater good of Kenya and the world at large.TI-Kenya is dedicated to gender equality and ensuring equitable and sustainable human development. TI-Kenya has a number of programmes geared towards enhancing better service delivery to the citizens among them the Climate Governance and Integrity Programme (CGIP).

Why Climate Governance and Integrity Programme
Climate change has been identified as a disaster facing humanity in the 21st century. Effects of climate change include: frequent and prolonged droughts, frequent floods, increased incidences of diseases e.g. malaria among others. With poor governance of finances set aside to address these effects, the number and magnitude of communities suffering from the effects would increase. Climate finances agreed in 2009 in Copenhagen are set to increase to Kshs. 8.5 Trillion (100 US billion dollars) by 2020 and are likely to flow through the same systems which have not adopted anti-corruption safeguards. On the other hand, corruption in Kenya has been cited to be a major hindrance to development.

The movement published the Global Corruption Report in 2011 focusing on climate governance and highlighted the need for dedicated programmatic response. It is against this background that TI-Kenya`s Climate Governance and Integrity Programme (CGIP) comes in to advocate for good governance, transparency and accountability in Climate finance in order
to make climate investment more effective.

Programme Goal
The goal of the program is to contribute to promoting transparency, accountability, integrity and anti-corruption safeguards in Climate Finance Governance in Kenya.

Specific Goal
The specific goal (SG) is to increase the capacities of Transparency International-Kenya and Climate Finance Governance stakeholders to better engage, cooperate, advocate and contribute to effective climate finance governance, policy development, implementation and oversight.

OBJECTIVES OF CGIP

  • To promote and strengthen anti-corruption safeguards in climate change mitigation and adaptation activities.
  • To increase people and organizations’ ability to contribute to the development, implementation and monitoring of climate finance policy.
  • To develop, through training, the capacity of the networks and their stakeholders to engage in national climate finance stakeholder consultations, planning, monitoring, reporting and advocacy activities.
  • To increase civil society national participation, coordination, networks, and advocacy actions to support and contribute to improved policy making and implementation of government`s disbursing and receiving climate funds.

Desired outcomes

  1. Stakeholders are more engaged in contributing to climate policy development concerning how climate finance is governed.
  2. Greater awareness of the need to address governance challenges to minimize opportunities for and risks of corruption in climate finance.
  3. Increased public demand that public and private sector private finance actors are acting with integrity and are complying with legally binding anti-corruption standards.
  4. Public and private sector climate finance sectors commit to adopting implementing and enforcing integrity rules and legally binding anti-corruption standards in their conduct and operations.

Stakeholders

  • At policy, advocacy and capacity building levels, the Programme will endeavour to target:
  • National Climate Governance Systems ( Public Institutions)
  • Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs)
  • Community Based Organisations (CBOs)
  • Academia (University/College and school students
  • Research institutions
  • Media

Corruption Risks in Climate Finance

  • Climate finance is likely to be faced with increased corruption risks due to:
  • Lack of transparency and public disclosure in  decision making processes
  • Policy capture and undue influence from interested parties
  • Conflict of interest
  • Creative accounting and reporting
  • Double counting of emissions
  • Mismanagement of public resources
  • Embezzlement and misappropriation of funds

First level action areas

  • Research: National climate finance mapping and assessments.
  • Capacity building: E-learning tool on national climate finance governance, including ‘train the trainer’ modules.
  • Networking: National networks organized around issue-based communities of practice.
  • Advocacy: Research-based interventions and contributions to national institutions and stakeholders.
  • National multi-stakeholder strategies:
  • Increased and focused actions to promote good practices and tools to minimize opportunities for corruption in climate finance arrangements.

The climate Governance Network (CGN)
TI-Kenya`s Climate Governance and Integrity Programme in partnership with stakeholders in climate change issues form a network which facilitates shared-learning, information exchange, and cooperative climate finance governance (CFG) advocacy, research actions on climate finance governance.

Network Membership 
Membership is open to all who are working and advocating for effectiveness of climate finances in Kenya. The current network membership is drawn from civil society organisations working in climate change and environmental related issues, human rights organizations, youth networks and student community (University and College).

Membership is free:
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