The DACCA Program recognizes the invaluable role of Community Dialogue Forums (CDFs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in advocating for budget prioritization and showcasing best practices. Although Homa Bay and Migori counties have climate change policies in place, there is a lack of effective coordination and partnerships between communities, CSOs, development partners, and the county government. This is crucial to achieving policy objectives.
In March, the Youth Component organized a dynamic workshop in Homabay and Migori, bringing together local media, CDFs, CSOs, and youth leaders. The workshop’s focus was to foster discussions and advocacy campaigns for climate change policy implementation and monitoring. Participants gained valuable insights into climate change policy implementation, enhanced their advocacy skills, learned about media coverage, and acquired lobbying techniques. Recognizing the pivotal role of the media, CSOs, and communities, the workshop emphasized the importance of tracking climate finance.
Recommendations arising from the workshop include capacity-building for stakeholders on social accountability instruments, a collaboration between CSOs and the government to create a climate finance tracking tool, advocacy for access to information, and active involvement of local media in capacity-building activities. By disseminating climate information to local communities and prioritizing climate change on their agendas, we can collectively address its impacts and create a sustainable future.