DaCCA program which is being supported by Sustainable Energy(SE),Denmark through DANIDA fund, has been empowering the vulnerable communities with relevant skills which has been helping them push for devolution and natural resources governance in Kisumu and Homabay counties .The programme is based on a Theory of Change(ToC),which seeks to have an increasingly qualified CSO sector that works closely with the most vulnerable groups (right-holders)and duty bearers on climate change adaptation interventions .
The program is hugely advocacy in nature and takes advantage of the possibilities appearing in the new constitution (2010)introducing devolved governance at both political and administrative levels .Besides ,it is also being implemented within the realms of the climate change act of 2016, which provides a good opportunity for county governments to engage and develop their own climate change policies which will in turn increase climate change investments in the 2 counties.
The immediate objective of DaCCA program is: vulnerable populations in Kisumu and Homabay counties at risk of natural hazard caused by climate change are increasingly supported by policies and programs sponsored through the devolution fund
Vulnerable community members in Ahero and Wang’Chieng wards in Nyando and Rachuonyo sub counties respectively. The programme specifically targets small scale farmers that are vulnerable to climate change related hazards like drought, floods especially in Nyando sub county, emergence of pests and diseases and weather variability.
The project aims at developing community based climate change adaption models that can be used as evidence in this project.
It also aims at enhancing the targeted communities’ knowledge and capacity on human rights, the rights based approach to development and the devolved government system in Kenya so that they can be able to lobby and advocate for devolved fund to address climate change related challenges.
In view of the above, the project endeavors to work with relevant government departments like the Ministry of Agriculture, livestock and fisheries, the forestry department, the Metrological Department and National Environmental and Management Authority and other CSOs that are addressing climate change related issues.
Most of activities that have been shaping the advocacy activities of the DaCCA program, have been capacity building groups on legislative procedures, policy formulation, advocacy devolution and good governance ,climate change adaptation and mitigation , and creation of awareness on the civic responsibilities of the Kenyan citizens as enshrined in the Kenyan constitution for the programs targeted communities
- Increased resilience to climate change through use of and practice of appropriate climate change adaption information, technologies and linkage that lead to improved income and nutritional security
- Increased community resilience through establishment of strong community institutions and structures
- Increased partnership, collaboration and networking for climate change adaption by the targeted communities, relevant stakeholders and the local county governments
- Increased capacity in leadership, governance, advocacy amongst the target groups and stakeholders
- Increased on number of the communities coping mechanisms on climate change
- Increased engagement and claiming of rights by targeted communities from the duty bearers
- Increased allocation of budgets from the devolved funds to support community climate change adaption projects