Connecting African institutions for enhanced action on financing climate change response

Posted February 1, 2018 at 11:45

AfLP co-hosted a peer-to-peer learning workshop focused on building institutions and local actors to access climate finance. AfLP’s Blaise Dobson reports.

From the 6th to the 8th December 2017, a group of 46 climate finance practitioners gathered together in Kigali, Rwanda, for the second peer-to-peer exchange on climate finance, co-hosted by the Africa LEDS Partnership, FONERWA and 4C Maroc.

The purpose of the peer-to-peer exchange was to assemble AfLP members in complement with other climate finance practitioners to share lessons on building institutional capabilities, effective project design and mechanisms to enhance the involvement of the private sector in delivering climate outcomes. The workshop followed on from the December 2016 training workshop convened in Casablanca, Morocco, in partnership with 4C Maroc, GIZ and AfLP.

The Kigali peer-to-peer learning workshop convened as many of the Casablanca-participants as possible, whilst also inviting a diverse set of new participants to join the group. The approach of the agenda aimed to be participant driven and to tap into the opportunity to share the lessons from FONERWA marking five years in operation. Furthermore, networking on the sidelines of the workshop was encouraged, so that the peer-to-peer collaboration could continue beyond the workshop itself through informal exchanges.

A number of key interventions & presentations were made to seed peer-to-peer table discussions. Furthermore, the participants were afforded the opportunity to experience a number of FONERWA investments firsthand. These included Zero Carbon Designs and partner STRAWTEC in the Kigali Special Economic Zone, and the Rwanda E-waste Dismantling and Recycling Facility in the Bugesera Industrial Park (see below).

Feedback and perspectives from the various participants who attended highlighted the need to continue the South-South exchange of ideas in order to drive forward innovative financing for climate change within the African context. As Ms. Debrion, consultant for the African Climate Change Fund, African Development Bank Group, commented: “Let’s not forget that we are all in this together: the more we partner, the more we endorse concrete and pertinent actions to cope with the actual challenges.”

The workshop forms part of the AfLP’s continued commitment to bring together leaders on the African continent working on low emissions development. Moreover, it highlights the request from the AfLP members to have access to peers and knowledge, to be able to connect ambitious projects to finance. Over and above the convening of LEDS practitioners, LEDS GP has recently shared an NDC Finance Guide that aggregates the best knowledge and tools for climate finance practitioners.Site Visits:

1. Zero Carbon affordable Housing For Rwanda in the Kigali Special Economic Zone (photos)

This project will develop flexible single and multi-storey housing solutions to supply low-carbon homes that can be pre-fabricated, mass-produced and constructed for a target cost of 250 USD per sqm. The housing solutions will demonstrate the optimum use of locally manufactured building material and will satisfy the low carbon demands of the National Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy, as well as the high-density requirements of the Kigali Master Plan. The innovative design was showcased by way of a demonstration building in Kigali.

2. The E-Waste Management Project in Bugesera District (photos)

The project focuses on the design and implementation of a national e-waste management strategy within Rwanda. This includes a national framework for e-waste recycling, a countrywide collection scheme with incentives and the establishment of a dismantling facility, which will be connected to sustainable recycling industries on a national, regional and international level.

Photos: Rwanda Green Fund

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