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Southern Voices on Climate Change
Capacity Building Programme

INFORSE continued to participate in the "Southern Voices" Programme to increase the capacity of NGOs to work on climate policies.
The Program's Phase 2 (2012-2014) was the continuation of the Phase 1 (2011-2012).

INFORSE Africa was involved with the regional coordinators. In Western Africa the activities were coordinated by Djiminingue Nanaste, ENDA, Senegal and by Ibrahim Togola, Mali Folkecenter. In East Africa the activities were coordinated by Timothy Byakola, Climate Development Initiative (CDI), Uganda.

INFORSE used the programme to:

  • Increase the networking among NGOs that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency for access to energy. This is important for the necessary introduction of sustainable and affordable access to energy for all. The networking shall help increasing the knowledge as well as the advocacy capacity of the NGOs to promote the sustainable energy solutions. If you want to be involved in the INFORSE contact list and/or network, please see here.
  • Collect and coordinate NGO positions on climate mitigation and how African people and countries can participate while reducing poverty and improve their development.
    - 4-18 June 2013: " Environmental Pact" by the Civil Society in Mali Launched in a Forum oranised by the Ministry. It was drafted Mali-Folkecenter in collaboration with the Malian Civil Society Network on Climate Change since 2012.
    - 17-21 April 2013: "Declaration of Conakry" from the Réseau Climat Développement Annual Meeting, Conakry, Guinea. 20 participants from 17 countries, including INFORSE members like ENDA and Mali Folkecenter.
  • Organise regional meetings of INFORSE members.
    May 2014: Regional NGO Meeting and INFORSE-West Africa Regional Meeting in Togo.
    April 2013: Regional NGO Meeting INFORSE-West Africa Regional Meeting in Conakry, Guinea.
    October 2013: Regional Meeting in East Africa on NGO capacity building in Kenya.
  • Organise national activities in selected countries.
    - 6 February 2013: Workshop on Sustainable Biofuels in Mali organised by Mali Folkecenter.
    - 20-21 February, 2013: Capacity building and Inception meeting of the project on Vulnerability Assessment and Integration of Climate Change into Local Development Plans of two districts in Dakar and Fatick in Senegal.
  • Collect cases with good practices in promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency for increased energy access, both cases on policy initiatives and cases on actual better access to energy. The cases will be used for inspiration of NGOs as well as for advocating better conditions for the increased use sustainable energy to increase access to energy.
    See Publications Energy Access and Climate Protection Cases (Updated in December 2014) and Energy Access Cases (2012).

    INFORSE Publication Energy Access and Climate- December, 2014
    Update of Publication:
    "Combining Energy Access and Climate Protection"

    - 4 June 2014, Bonn, Germany
    Launch of Publication at Bonn, UN Climate COP Pre-Conference
    - How energy can be provided with sustainable energy, reducing emissions and increasing well being", Cases in Asia and Africa. Compiled by the INFORSE members.

  • -18 November 2013

    Launch of Draft Publication at the UNFCCC COP19

    Download from: Publication (The full text as pdf is available).

For more Contacts see: INFORSE Coordinators and Focal Points.

The Programme was made by a consortium of five Danish NGOs, Climate Action Network and IIED. It is coordinated by CARE Denmark and funded by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA). INFORSE activities also include INFORSE-Africa, INFORSE-South Asia, INFORSE-Europe, and the Danish INFORSE member "Sustainable Energy".

30 October, 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark
Seminar: Learning from Southern Voices: How to make advocacy on climate change more effective.

Launch Publication: Climate Change Advocacy Tool
Toolkit 1: Start Here! Introducing Advocacy and the Climate Change Advocacy Toolkits
Toolkit 2: Planning Advocacy
Toolkit 3: Framing the Debate: Messages and Communication
Toolkit 4: Strengthening Advocacy Networks
Toolkit 5: Influencing Decision Makers
Toolkit 6: Engaging the Public
Toolkit 7: Engaging the Media
Toolkit 8: Supporting Local Voices
Toolkit 9: Policy Implementation & Finance

Read more:
- Program: Seminar, October 30, 2014
- Download Publication from: Climate Change Advocacy Toolkit

21 May, 2012, Bonn, Germany
New report by the Southern Voices programme, involving INFORSE, Climate Action Network, CLACC and other networks.
The Report "Southern Voices on Climate Policy Choices" Reveals Key Role for Civil Society in Policymaking in a Changing Climate

Press Release: pdf file (21 kB)

Download the Report from the Project's web site: - Publication.

Read More on the Project:
"Southern Voices on Climate Change" Capacity Building Program in 2011-14 at
Southern Voices:

Activities since 2014:
The Southern Voices project in 2011-14, included networks working on both adaptation and mitigation activities. The NGO advocacy cooperation activities continued. In 2014, 2 new NGO Advocacy Cooperation projects started, one on adaptation and one on mitigation, and in 2015 another mitigation project started in South Asia. These are:

"Southern Voices on Adaptation
" Project in 2014-2016.
The Project is coordinated by CARE Denmark:

"Promoting Pro-Poor Low-Carbon Development Strategies" Project in 2014-2016.
The Project supports 13 national and 4 regional climate networks.

The Project is coordinated by the INFORSE member organisation SustainableEnergy (VedvarendeEnergi), Denmark.

"Evidence Based, Low Carbon, Pro-Poor Advocacy on Sustainable Eco-Village Development" Project in 2015-2017.
in South Asia. It is a cooperation with 6 INFORSE members in South Asia and CANSA.
The project is coordinated by DIB in Denmark, which is also INFORSE member.

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