Adaptation Futures - Session on Small grants, big impacts
The Green Climate Fund aims to support transformational pathways to climate-resilient development, intends to reach those most vulnerable, and commits to a gender-sensitive approach. This session presents an important way of putting these commitments into practice: by engaging small grants funds. These funds can provide the much needed channel between large international institutions and local communities adapting to climate change, and assure financing reaches women and men to contribute to transformative climate action. But how to make this shift in how financing is delivered? The audience will be actively engaged in the discussion to come to concrete suggestions to strengthen local access and gender responsiveness of climate finance.
- Ms. Theo Sowa, African Women's Development Fund
- Ms. Joëlla van Rijn, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Mr. Daan Robben, Both ENDS
- Mr. Fumihiko Tominaga, Green Climate Fund, South Korea
- Mr. Zaheer Fakir, Green Climate Fund Board Member (tbc)
About the panellists
Theo Sowa is an independent advisor and consultant, specialising in international social development. She is currently the CEO of the African Women's Development Fund, mobilising financial, human and material resources to support African women and the work of the African women's movement to advance women's rights and gender equality in Africa.
Joëlla van Rijn is a climate change expert and diplomat at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In her actual assignment she focuses on international finance for climate in developing countries. She is involved in the setup of the new Dutch Climate Fund and other financial instruments to mobilize private investment in light of the Paris Agreement.
Daan Robben is a climate finance policy advisor at Both ENDS, with a specific focus on Green Climate Fund. Both ENDS promotes local access, gender equality and the inclusion of southern CSOs in GCF decision-making processes. He follows GCF processes closely and as of this year joined the civil society active observer team.
Fumihiko Tominaga is Adaptation Planning Associate at the Green Climate Fund, responsible for managing the portfolio of the GCF adaptation planning proposals and for processing, reviewing, and providing feedback and guidance for each proposal.
Zaheer Fakir is Chief Policy Adviser International Relations and Governance at the Department of Environmental Affairs in South-Africa, and Member of the Board of Directors at the Green Climate Fund. He served as a negotiator on climate finance and is active in the Boards of the Adaptation Fund, Global Environment Facility and Climate Investment Funds.
Annelieke Douma is senior programme officer and coordinator of the Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action within Dutch non-governmental organization Both ENDS, focusing on water management, gender equality, and climate adaptation and finance. She monitors the Green Climate Fund and supports Southern CSOs to engage in climate finance decision-making processes.
Local organisations and groups must be given access to climate finance from the Green Climate Fund. They know exactly what is happening in their local context and what is required for climate adaptation.
Small grants funds offer an effective, alternative way to channel big money from large donors and funds to local groups and organisations that are striving for a sustainable and just society everywhere around the world.
GAGGA rallies the collective power of the women's rights and environmental justice movements to realize a world where women can and do access their rights to water, food security, and a clean, healthy and safe environment.
News / 10 November 2017
Both ENDS' Niels Hazekamp and Daan Robben are joining the Climate CoP in Bonn to actively follow the negotiations, with a special focus on certain topics such as subsidies and support for fossil fuels, climate finance, climate adaptation, and gender. Both ENDS also co-organises a side event together with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).
Publication / 4 November 2016
Event / 14 April 2018
On the 14th of April, Both ENDS wil host a workshop called 'Small Grants, Big Impacts' on the annual Africa day in Amsterdam. The workshop aims to demonstrate that so called 'small grants funds' effectively deliver (devopment and climate) money where it matters, to people that need it the most. Large development banks, funds, donors and governments could use small grants funds as alternative financing mechanisms to make sure their money benefits people and their environment now and it the far future.
Event / 14 June 2018
Join us for the fourth session of this five-part series on women's rights and climate finance, aimed at building knowledge and power to ensure finance flows benefit local women's groups, respond to community needs and respect human rights. The webinar will be conducted in English with simultaneous translation in Spanish and French.
News / 14 December 2018
During the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) of the UNFCCC taking place in Katowice, Both ENDS partner Raju Pandit Chettri – director of Prakriti Resources Centre in Nepal - was one of the selected Southern leaders to meet with the Dutch Minister of Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade, Sigrid Kaag. We asked Raju about his expectations, messages, Kaag's responses and his experiences of the meeting.
External link / 1 August 2018
This paper by Prakriti Resources Center (Nepal) sheds light on the gender and climate change nexus, gender mainstreaming as a tool to address gender inequality, gender and climate change policy landscape both at international and national level, gaps and way forward.
Publication / 18 June 2018
In various countries in the Sahel, vast tracts of land have been restored by the local population by nurturing what spontaneously springs from the soil and protecting the sprouts from cattle and hazards.
Event / 30 November 2015
During the COP21 in Paris, Both ENDS will be cooperating and presenting with partners on a number of events. If you plan on going, please consider visiting one or more of these sessions:
Event / 7 March 2018
Join us for the third session of this five-part series on women's rights and climate finance, aimed at building knowledge and power to ensure finance flows benefit local women's groups, respond to community needs and respect human rights.
Together with civil society organisations from all over the world, the Fair Green and Global (FGG) Alliance aims for socially just, inclusive and environmentally sustainable societies in the Netherlands and the Global South.
Event / 7 November 2016
From 7 to 18 november, the Climate Change COP22 will take place in Marrakech, Morrocco. This '22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)' as it is called officially, is the annual meeting of the 195 countries which have signed and ratified the convention.
News / 7 October 2018
We are very proud that our director Daniëlle Hirsch has been included again in the ‘Sustainable 100’ (an annual ranking list published by Dutch newspaper Trouw), and has gone up more than 40 spots compared to last year! Danielle was included in the list because of the many things she does with her organisation as a whole, but she got the higher ranking for the way she combines her criticism of the destructive role of the Netherlands as a trading nation and large cause of CO2 emissions in the world (often supported by the Dutch government), with a constructive attitude when it comes to finding alternatives and solutions.
Publication / 11 October 2017
Blog / 22 March 2018
By Sander Hehanussa
"How many layers of clothing are you wearing? One? No, that's not enough. You should wear your ski pants over your jeans, and change your shoes for snowboots." And there you are, on day 1 of your trip to Mongolia. I had already heard that Mongolia is very cold at the end of November, and with -22 degrees that seemed to be all true.
News / 15 October 2018
Last September, approximately 30 women and men from community based organizations of Honduras and El Salvador learned the tool of analog forestry which uses natural forests as guides to create ecologically stable and socio-economically productive landscapes.
News / 28 September 2018
We congratulate Joan Carling, member of the permanent commission on indigenous peoples of the UN, for having received the Lifetime Achievement Award as 'Champion of the Earth' by the UN Environment! This is the UN's highest environmental honor, given to six of the world's most outstanding environmental change makers once a year.