INFLUENCING THE AfDB TO SHIFT INVESTMENTS FROM FOSSIL FUELS TO SUSTAINABLE ENERGIES AND INCREASE ITS’ OUTLAY IN ENERGY ACCESS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

  1. INTRODUCTION

 

1.1 About FORUMCC

Forum on Climate Change (FORUMCC) is a non-governmental organization working in Tanzania and beyond. It has a membership base of committed civil society organizations (CSOs) working on climate change issues at three levels: local, national and international levels to ensure lasting solutions to the climate change and poverty in Tanzani ana beyond.

The Forum’s membership comprises of about 140 organizations and networks at local level. International NGOs and Individuals are considered as associate members.

The purpose of the Forum is to ensure effective and informed engagement of Civil Society Organizations in Tanzania on Climate Change issues for the benefit of the environment and people in poverty –women and youth who are mostly affected by the impacts of climate change. It strives to achieve climate proofed policies and practices using evidence based approach to accelerate adaption and mitigation actions to address climate change vulnerability and low carbon pathway.

FORUMCC keenly upholds Climate Change resilience as entry point to achieve sustainable development while promoting principals of accountability, transparency and citizen engagement including women and youth at all levels.

To ensure its effectiveness at regional and international levels; FORUMCC subscribed to various regional and global networks and Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) being the key ally.

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VOLUNTEER: TERMS OF REFERENCE

 

In this regards, Sub-grants have been extended to FORUMCC which is a country platform for PACJA and is a strategic platform for the achievement of PACJA’s 2016 – 2020 strategic plan.

 

  • ABOUT PACJA

Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) is a consortium of over a thousand organizations from 48 countries in Africa with a goal of promoting and advancing pro-poor, climate friendly and equity based responses to climate change at regional and international levels. PACJA has been instrumental in supporting its’ network of CSO’s through climate policy negotiations. Through its’ robust advocacy efforts, it has grown to be one of the most influential African civil society groups working on climate change policies.

PACJA’s new strategic plan for the period 2016-2020 reflects the growing mandate of the Alliance, which is seeking to conduct interventions across the environment sector to promote stronger people-centred, pro-poor perspectives on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement. It uses an approach that integrates advocacy, capacity building, awareness creation, research and partnerships. PACJA is currently implementing a variety of programs that cut across direct programming, policy and advocacy, sub-granting and capacity building that focus on the most vulnerable communities. The consortium also supports governments, media and sector-based networks through its’ national platforms. Among the key sectoral and thematic initiatives supported by PACJA is the African Coalition for Sustainable Energy and Access (ACSEA).

ACSEA is a coalition of organizations drawn from Civil Society (CSOs), academia, research institutions and private sector involved with Renewable Energy work across the continent. It plays a big role in championing for the transition to low carbon, climate resilient, green economic development pathways. It is committed to shaping the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) that aims towards the implementation of 10GW of new and additional Renewable Energy generation capacity by 2020 and at least 300GW by 2030. This is in line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 on Affordable and clean energy.

 

  1. PROJECT CONTEXT

In order to achieve the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy by 2030 is important. Access to energy represents one of Africa’s greatest obstacles to social and economic development. Current estimates project that the number of people in SSA without access to electricity may increase to 654 million by 2030, unless urgent actions are taken to reach them, especially in rural areas. Connecting these underserved and unserved populations, 90 per cent of whom live in rural areas, will be a necessary pre-condition for achieving universal energy access, and will further positively impact human development through interventions such as greater use of energy technologies for irrigation and water pumping, creating employment and enhancing conditions for study, modern health services and better education, amongst others.

With the adoption of the Paris Agreement and increased commitments to implement it by many countries in Africa, fossil fuel sources continue to attract investment, including from the AfDB. Currently the AfDB is financing fossil fuel projects including coal and natural gas in various countries across SSA, with more in the pipeline for financing, despite SSA being well-endowed with renewable energy resources such as solar PV, geothermal and wind, among others. To influence investment in renewables as well as decentralised energy systems, CSOs across the region have been engaging with both national governments and regional bodies, including the African Union and the African Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI), as well as international finance institutions (IFIs), including the AfDB and the World Bank Group (WBG) to influence increased financing for energy access in the region.

 

  • PROJECT DESIGN AND DESCRIPTION

Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) with support from Christian Aid is implementing a project titled “Influencing the AfDB to shift investments from fossil fuels to sustainable energies and increase its outlay in energy access in Sub-Saharan Africa”. The project is broken into 5 key result areas each complimenting each other so as to deliver a forceful impact in the interaction among all project stakeholders and target population.

  1. Overall project objective

To influence the AfDB to increase its investments in decentralised energy systems by the end of 2020, with an emphasis on clean and productive use in five African countries.

 

  1. Project outcomes
  • Outcome 1: A strong and competent regional platform for ACSEA that ably engages with energy access issues at the Pan-African level.
  • Outcome 2: 5 strong national ACSEA chapters engaging institutions including AfDB & governments on energy access.
  • Outcome 3: Reduced investments by the AfDB from fossil fuel energy sources in Africa.
  • Outcome 4: Increased proportion of resource allocation by the AfDB towards decentralized energy access reaching last-mile rural communities.
  • Outcome 5: Increased knowledge & appreciation by communities on the benefits of access to clean energy.

Table 1: Countries and Platforms

COUNTRY

PLATFORM

Tanzania

Tanzania Forum for Climate Change (Forum CC)

Ghana

Abantu for Development Ghana

Zambia

Zambia Climate Change Network (ZCCN)

Malawi

Malawi Civil Society Network on Climate Change

Botswana

Botswana Climate Change Network

  1. RECRUITMENT OF THE VOLUNTEERS

One (1) Volunteer will be recruited in Tanzania to run the agenda of the network at national level. He/She will be selected based on his/her qualifications. They will work at the local community and national level. The volunteers will be engaged within a duration of 5 months beginning August 2019 to December 2019.

  • ROLES OF THE VOLUNTEERS
  1. Holding community and national level sensitization forums on decentralized renewable energy systems.
  2. Taking part in radio forums that educate the community to shift from fossil fuels to decentralized renewable energy systems.
  • Training the communities on the simple technical know-how of decentralized renewable energy systems.
  1. Report writing after each activity.
  2. Playing the M&E role of the project.

 

   3.2   REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE VOLUNTEERS

  1. At least have a bachelor’s degree of an Energy related field.
  2. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  3. Proficient in Microsoft office, especially word and excel.
  4. Must be a detail oriented, organized and have an ability to prioritize workload.
  5. Knowledge of their local language.

 

  • PROPOSED TIMELINES

The entire work is expected to take place from August 2019 and finalized by December 2019.

No.

ACTIVITY

TIMELINE

1

Recruitment of national ACSEA volunteers

August 2019

2

Facilitating community level sensitization meetings

August to December 2019

3

Research to build evidence for advocacy

August to November 2019

4

Facilitating national nodes to engage with and influence CSP reviews

October to December 2019

 


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