UNDP Facilitates NGOs Proposal Writing Workshop on Gender, Climate Change and Energy in the Context of SDGsNov 2, 2016
The UNDP Tanzania’s Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change and Resilience pillar recently held a proposal writing workshop with the aim of capacitating NGOs to integrate gender and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the climate change and energy projects. Since 2015, UNDP has supported at least 20 NGOs and CBOs across the country to implement community-based projects under its flagship project entitled “Capacity Development in the Energy Sector and Extractive Industries (CADESE).” These projects focus on building the capacity of vulnerable communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change through innovative renewable energy technologies such as solar water pumping, wind water pumping, biogas energy and improved stoves for cooking. The long-term goal of these projects is to improve livelihood situation of the communities and eventually poverty reduction.
The proposal writing workshop for NGOs came at an opportune time with the SDGs being the agenda setter of international development and UNDP programming. The SDGs will continue to guide UNDP policy framework and funding for the next 15 years. As the lead UN development agency, UNDP is uniquely placed to help implement the Goals through our work in some 170 countries and territories. However, achieving the SDGs requires the partnership of governments, private sector, civil society, NGOs and citizens alike to make sure we leave a better planet for future generations.
Recognizing the interconnected nature of the goals, no SDG can be achieved alone. Access to modern, clean sources of energy (SDG 7) contributes to achieving gender equality (SDG 5) while also contributing to the mitigation of climate change (SDG 13). In light of this, the theme of the workshop was focusing specifically on “The importance of Integrating energy, climate change and gender into projects to effectively achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.
Officially opening the workshop, Mr. Ambrose Mugisha, Chief Technical Advisor at UNDP Tanzania, highlighted the importance of NGOs in achieving the SDGs. He emphasized that NGOs are “instrumental in ensuring involvement of both men and women in interventions and are key drivers of on-the-ground activities. NGOs are key to tracking the effectiveness of the SDGs”. He said that UNDP’s work for the next 15 years will be guided primarily by the SDGs and “leaving no-one behind”. To ensure this, he said, UNDP will require disaggregated data from all partners, including NGOs, as gender empowerment is a key focus of UNDP.
Mr. Rogers Dhliwayo, Senior Economic Advisor for UNDP Tanzania, highlighted the key differences between the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the SDGs, namely that the SDGs are universal, inter-connected and transformative – “we cannot aim to achieve just one goal. We must achieve them all.” The SDGs are not for the Governments to achieve, but everyone and achieving them starts at home”.
In his presentation outlining UNDPs work in the areas of climate change and energy, Mr. Abbas Kitogo, Programme Specialist at UNDP, stressed that for the Government to achieve the objectives set forth in the recently launched Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative and SDG 7 on Energy, the involvement of all stakeholders would be critical. He emphasized that for downstream interventions, UNDP has and would continue to seek the partnership of NGOs throughout the country. He acknowledged the important work of NGOs, supported in the last year through the CADESE project, which has helped bring water, renewable energy and efficient cooking stoves to thousands of highly impoverished and vulnerable people throughout the country.
Stressing the disproportional effect that climate change has on women, Mr. Jacob Kayombo, Gender Specialist with the Tanzanian Commission for Aids (TACAIDS), said that “you cannot address climate change without addressing the issue of gender inequality” while also adding that “gender mainstreaming requires special attention through activities in mitigation and adaptation to ensure success and sustainability of a project”. He gave an example of the need to include women throughout the process in a climate change project aiming to bring water saying that women “are often in charge of water management but, if they are not consulted about where to build new wells, the wells may be placed too far from the village, thereby actually increasing women’s burdens.”
The workshop was facilitated by UNDP in collaboration with the Africa Grant Advisors (AGA), who are highly experienced grant writers. Africa Grant Advisors currently work with a number of NGOs and CSOs, academic and research institutions, national and local governments, multilateral institution country offices, and other organizations in preparing project proposals. Through their presentations, participants were actively involved in understanding the basic of proposal writing with a focus on how to integrate gender, climate change and energy effectively into proposals.
After the workshop, one participants said “it has been a fantastic avenue for learning and networking. I hereby acknowledge the gain of knowledge which will improve my professional project write up particularly mainstreaming gender” while another said that “the workshop was very good for me. I was having questions as to why we have a lot of SDGs but I got the answer now that those goals are interconnected and they depend on each other. Thanks to the presenters who clarified it to us.” Also, I’m sure my project proposal writing will be improved from today by considering all the content I’ve learnt today”.
For more information, contact:
Mr. Abbas Kitogo, Programme Specialist (Energy and Climate Change)