Working towards Integrated Climate Governance in Kenya

Climate change response planning is becoming increasingly significant to county-level governance in Kenya. Unseasonal temperature variations and erratic climate events are leading to local economic crises and are increasing the costs of infrastructure delivery. County-level delivery of services, planning and budgeting is directly affected, making access to finance ever more critical.

These practical challenges were part of the backdrop that fuelled dialogue at a well-attended Domestic Technical Consultation conducted in Nairobi, Kenya on 23 and 24 January 2020.

The participants at the Domestic Technical Consultation held in Nairobi, Kenya

Representatives from district counties of Mandera, Lamu, Nyamira, Laikipia, and West Pokot tackled a central climate change governance topic: County Integrated Development Plans must inform all spending at county-level. Any funds appropriated outside the county’s planning framework are in contravention of the law. Therefore, the Country Integrated Development Plans have a pivotal role to play in financing climate actions that deliver the Nationally Determined Contributions.

An institutional mapping report Aligning County Integrated Development Plans to the National Climate Change Action Plan provides an overview of some of the challenges encountered at the country level. These were scoped before the consultation meetings took place. The consultations provided a platform to explore this information and to interrogate meaningful, practical solutions which will have high relevance for national planning. Participants shared challenges and brainstormed solutions.

Fobian Masheti explains the linkages of West Pokot County’s integrated development plan.

The IKI Mobilising Investment for NDC Implementation (or IKI MI) programme will present the outcomes from the technical consultation meetings in February 2020.

Watch this space for more information and for the announcement of the webinar to follow.

More about the IKI MI Learning Theme 3:

As countries transition from climate policy planning to implementation, the practical challenges around resourcing and capacity are exposed. Very often, poor integration of climate change governance lies at the heart of these challenges. Climate policy is not always integrated between departments and spheres of government, or not practically aligned to private sector realities. 

Learning theme 3 focuses on Integrated Governance and explores these topics, scoping practical solutions to challenges.