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An Environment Project

CAPACITY BUILDING TRAINING WORKSHOP ON ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE FOR YOUTH LEADERS

An Environment Project by Sann Jali | Location: Lilongwe, Malawi
Project slogan

together for a just world

Problem addressed

The Foundation Youth Empowerment (FYE) was formed in 2010 in recognition that Malawians especially young people, who constitutes a larger population, are likely to be significantly affected by climate change and that FYE is well placed to support localized responses. FYE aims to reduce the vulnerability of poor young people in Malawi from the impacts of climate change through developing and supporting environmentally and economically sustainable and socially just responses to climate change. FYE coordination, advocacy and capacity building across four priority themes, Policy, Adaptation, Mitigation, and Awareness and Behaviour Change, all contribute to the effectiveness of the responses.

Capacity building has been identified as a core objective for the Foundation Youth Empowerment. Currently the capacity (knowledge, skills, and experience) of FYE in relation to climate change is low. The FYE is committed to ensuring that youth NGOs, clubs, CBOs in Malawi have access to relevant information, training, events and funding opportunities, and to providing meaningful and relevant support to individual NGOs, clubs for their climate change activities. However, it is recognized that in order for future capacity building resources and events to be effective they must be targeted to meet the specific needs of the local youth leaders and youth NGO community, including the gaps in knowledge and skills. A capacity building needs assessment meeting was held in January 2012 during FYE annual general assembly with the participation of approximately 100 representatives from youth NGOs, CBOs, and individuals to identify the needs and gaps as well as opportunities for capacity building of youth NGOs leaders in general. The meeting was the first of its kind to be undertaken by FYE and represents a new and innovative way of working together amongst youth NGOs, clubs, CBOs and individuals in Malawi. The needs assessment meeting identified seven areas that need capacity building regarding to climate change. These were: information sharing; accessing funds from donors, government and private sector; training to increase climate change knowledge; training in comprehensive project design; onsite experience of project activities; comprehensive policy advice and increased research and analysis capacity. It also identified existing expertise and potential training and learning services among youth NGOs.

In addition, the meeting identified the skills, knowledge and tools that members require in order to develop and implement successful adaptation and mitigation projects and contribute effectively to the broader debate and response to climate change in Malawi. Based on the meeting findings, the FYE secretariat has developed a proposal for a comprehensive and targeted capacity building program that addresses the needs identified. This proposal has also incorporated comments from other members during the monthly FYE meetings.

Description

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The proposed capacity building program is unique in terms of its focus on the crosscutting issue of climate change, diversity of participants, and relevance top the current needs of the target groups. This proposal details the different components; specific activities; methodology; expected results; and proposed timeframe of the capacity building program.

THE PURPOSE of the proposed Capacity Building Program is:
‘To raise awareness and build capacity of youth leaders focusing on NGOs and their partners, women organizations, to effectively respond to and integrate climate change adaptation and mitigation into relevant existing and future programs to contribute to long term sustainable development of the country and Malawian young people’

TIME FRAME: The project will be implemented over the three year period starting from the time when funds will be made available. The project is composed of three main components addressing capacity needs across climate change adaptation and mitigation:
(i) general awareness raising and communication (ii) training (iii) sharing and learning on practical experience. Each component has several planned interventions.

Objectives

NEEDS ASSESSMENT

The Foundation Youth Empowerment (FYE) was formed in 2010 in recognition that Malawians especially young people, who constitutes a larger population, are likely to be significantly affected by climate change and that FYE is well placed to support localized responses. FYE aims to reduce the vulnerability of poor young people in Malawi from the impacts of climate change through developing and supporting environmentally and economically sustainable and socially just responses to climate change. FYE coordination, advocacy and capacity building across four priority themes, Policy, Adaptation, Mitigation, and Awareness and Behaviour Change, all contribute to the effectiveness of the responses.

Capacity building has been identified as a core objective for the Foundation Youth Empowerment. Currently the capacity (knowledge, skills, and experience) of FYE in relation to climate change is low. The FYE is committed to ensuring that youth NGOs, clubs, CBOs in Malawi have access to relevant information, training, events and funding opportunities, and to providing meaningful and relevant support to individual NGOs, clubs for their climate change activities. However, it is recognized that in order for future capacity building resources and events to be effective they must be targeted to meet the specific needs of the local youth leaders and youth NGO community, including the gaps in knowledge and skills. A capacity building needs assessment meeting was held in January 2012 during FYE annual general assembly with the participation of approximately 100 representatives from youth NGOs, CBOs, and individuals to identify the needs and gaps as well as opportunities for capacity building of youth NGOs leaders in general. The meeting was the first of its kind to be undertaken by FYE and represents a new and innovative way of working together amongst youth NGOs, clubs, CBOs and individuals in Malawi. The needs assessment meeting identified seven areas that need capacity building regarding to climate change. These were: information sharing; accessing funds from donors, government and private sector; training to increase climate change knowledge; training in comprehensive project design; onsite experience of project activities; comprehensive policy advice and increased research and analysis capacity. It also identified existing expertise and potential training and learning services among youth NGOs.

In addition, the meeting identified the skills, knowledge and tools that members require in order to develop and implement successful adaptation and mitigation projects and contribute effectively to the broader debate and response to climate change in Malawi. Based on the meeting findings, the FYE secretariat has developed a proposal for a comprehensive and targeted capacity building program that addresses the needs identified. This proposal has also incorporated comments from other members during the monthly FYE meetings.

Milestones

COMPONENT 1: COMMUNICATION AND COORDINATION
Expected Result 1:
Increased youth access to information, communication and coordination on climate change
Key Indicators:
• Increased access to accurate and appropriate information on climate change among youth NGOs, CBOs, individual members and in general youth.
• Collection and consolidation of consistent and high quality training and IEC
materials from across youth initiatives.
• Usage of shared materials, information and database on website (training curricula, publications and resources, IEC material, trainer lists, etc.)

Activity:
Promote awareness of climate change issue and programme activities
Develop and print a brochure to introduce the objectives and goals of the Capacity Building Program, along with the opportunities for training it provides to local beneficiaries. This brochure will also provide background knowledge on climate change and the risk it poses to Malawi. This document will be disseminated to youth leaders through the Climate Change Training workshops and lecture sessions targeting schools, colleges, and clubs among others. Collect and share Information, Education and Communications (IEC) / Behavior
Change Communications (BCC) materials, training materials: The Information Officer will be responsible for the consolidation of a database of IEC/BCC materials relating to climate change (both in hard and soft copy). These materials will include information on programs/projects with climate change activities, reports, training materials (including trainers’ lists), researches, monitoring indicators, and publications. The consolidated list will then be widely shared online with network members and youth in general so as to help them explore synergies and avoid overlaps when designing new IEC/BCC materials on climate change. The IEC/BCC list will be uploaded on the website of FYE and accessible by all youth.
Through cooperation with the Awareness and Behavior Change thematic group of the FYE, the Capacity Building Program will actively work with the media e.g. radio stations, televisions newspaper etc to disseminate the contents of these documents and to promote climate change related issues and events, strengthening knowledge among the general public. This could be once a week for 15 minutes where issues of climate can be discussed.

COMPONENT 2: TRAINING ON ADAPTATION AND MITIGATION
Expected Result 2:
Increased knowledge and skills on Climate Change adaptation, mitigation and capacity to integrate Climate Change into existing programs and implement deliverable carbon projects
Key indicators:
• 100 youth leaders from various youth groups, clubs, youth NGOs, youth Networks, schools, women groups, religious groups trained in ToT are active in providing training in the topics related to climate change adaptation and mitigation.
• At least 500 people from at least 50 youth NGOs, Clubs, district networks and their partners are trained in topics related to climate change adaptation and mitigation.
• A substantial increase in the understanding of training participants on key
adaptation and mitigation issues, including community-based adaptation, carbon markets and REDD. To assess the effectiveness of the training,
facilitators will use a survey tool to test participants’ understanding of these issues before and after training sessions. To assess potential impact of training activities, facilitators will also gather data on the confidence and ability of participants to apply the information they have learned in the work of their organizations.

Activities:

TOT training of youth leaders for selected NGO, Club, group and district network
Training of trainers (ToT) is important to build up training capacity for the project in the future and to ensure the sustainability after the project ends. The idea is to set up a group of trainers who will be able to provide training for the other people. These will also be the key persons in designing climate change projects and integrating climate change issues in future programs in their respective organizations. ToT trainees are active persons coming from youth NGOs and are potential for training. Generally, they should be able to understand English in order to acquire further information and knowledge on climate change after the trainings. ToT trainings will consist of three separate sessions. In the first session, ToT trainees will be strengthened with techniques and skills needed to facilitate a training event, and others. After that, there will be two main sessions on technical issues: one on climate change mitigation and the other on climate change adaptation.
COMPONENT 3: SHARING AND LEARNING
Expected Result 3:
Enhanced sharing and learning on practical experience and good models of climate change mitigation and adaptation
Key Indicators:
• Climate Change Practitioners and policy makers are exposed to, recognize, and apply good practices and successful models on Climate Change mitigation and adaptation.
• At least 10 youth NGOs, CBO’s and district networks share experiences and lessons learnt on adaptation and mitigation models with other program participants and government decision makers, increasing knowledge of best practices.
• At least three regional learning and sharing event on Climate Change issues conducted during the project period.
• At least one national learning and sharing event on climate change issues conducted during the project period.
• At least two domestic cross-visits are organized.
• At least one summary booklet, consisting of applied case studies of climate change adaptation and mitigation programs, is produced and disseminated.
Activities:
Organize and facilitate a series of ‘experiences and lesson learnt’ workshops on selected topics: These are opportunities for FYE members to prepare to share specific aspects of Climate Change they are experienced in, such as the delivery of environmental conservation activities, REDD, mainstreaming guidelines and tools. These workshops may be connected with the training events provided under component 2, and will form a key component of on-going sharing and learning activities, culminating in the national experience sharing workshop. National, regional, district and community youth leaders will be invited to attend and participate in these workshops as appropriate, thus creating opportunities for advocacy and coordination between government and youth led organizations.

Identify sites where there are on-going Climate Change adaptation or mitigation projects and conduct study tours
The needs assessment workshop concluded that study tours to visit successful project implementation areas are important for youth climate change NGO practitioners, youth leaders to gain practical, hands-on experience of climate change adaptation and mitigation. The study tours will expose participants to new approaches, practices and encourage the exchange of knowledge, skills and lessons learnt to better perform their work afterwards and facilitate the replication of successful models.
Under this capacity building program, it is expected that two in-country study tours will be undertaken (including seminar and models visit) for youth leaders, FYE staff members, government officials, media and other climate change practitioners. During study tours there will be a chance for discussion and reflection with various Climate Change stakeholders such as scientists, local authorities and communities, and exchange between participants in diversified forms: orientation meeting, art show, demonstration by partners/ beneficiaries, meeting in selected communities, districts. These tours will also provide a chance to impress upon government officials the effectiveness of community-based adaptation and mitigation models.
Study tours require good preparation, including identifying relevant sites that fit with existing needs. A TOR is needed to clarify the study tour objective, participants, what information can be collected. A study report and follow-up plan of each participant at the end of the trip will be required.

Research and documentation of best practices and case studies
There is a critical need to promote those climate change adaptation and integration activities that can be replicated and effectively communicated among development practitioners and their partners. Through activities under 3.1, best practices and case studies on good methods and models will be collected and , documented for learning and sharing based on a set of criteria including: innovative, distinctive, sustainable and replicable. These practices could relate to stand-alone climate change mitigation/adaptation activities, to mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, which make lasting contribution to livelihood security and poverty reduction. The host organizations will collect and document these case studies, making them available in newsletters, the website, and in the form of a summary booklet, to be printed and distributed nationally.

Resources
We have: ofice, furniture, computers
We need: a, motor, bicycle
Other Needs
capacity building for members

Project Timeline

30/04/2014 - 24/12/2014

Status: Completed

Budget

1 €

Contact

Sann Jali
Director

Email
samsonjali@yahoo.com

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