The NGO Women Environmental Programme (Wep-Burkina) held a capacity-building workshop on climate finance and the process of negotiating funding for women’s organizations in Burkina Faso on Saturday 18 March 2023 in Ouagadougou.
The opening ceremony was chaired by Habibou Ouédraogo, from the Ministry in charge of Gender, in the presence of the coordinator of the NGO Wep-Burkina, Marie-Pierre Zoungrana.
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Coming from the thirteen regions of Burkina, about thirty women from women’s organizations took part in this workshop on climate finance
Presiding over the opening ceremony, Habibou Ouédraogo, from the Directorate of Women’s Empowerment, told the participants that climate finance and the process of negotiating financing are very important issues that deserve to be taken seriously, especially for those involved in the field. According to her, international negotiations on climate change under the supervision of the United Nations began in 1992 and have reached several important milestones with the adoption of several international texts and protocols.
And by ratifying the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and by investing in the establishment and operationalization of climate funds, including the Green Climate Fund, Burkina Faso has committed itself with the international community to face the challenge of climate change. This is why, at the national level, explained Habibou Ouédraogo, international commitments have been contextualized by major political, institutional, and legal reforms.
Among these reforms, she cited the adoption of the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), the creation of the Executive Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund in Burkina Faso, and the appointment of a National Authority designated to the fund. But like other developing countries, she regrets, Burkina Faso faces difficulties related to the accessibility of these funds and also a lack of capacity to benefit from these funds and support its efforts in adaptation and mitigation of the effects of climate change.
The objective of the workshop held by Wep-Burkina is to contribute to a better knowledge of the processes and climate funds
“Accessing climate funds is a huge challenge for the country and requires good knowledge from all stakeholders, including civil society. And it is with concrete actions such as this workshop that we will succeed in reversing the trends, moving towards the mobilization of resources for inclusive and low-carbon socio-economic development, both at the national and local levels,” continued Habibou Ouédraogo.
The coordinator of the NGO Wep-Burkina, Marie-Pierre Zoungrana, recalled that the objective of this workshop is to contribute to a better knowledge of the processes and climate funds, particularly the Green Climate Fund, by women civil society actors. And her wish is that this workshop will allow them to acquire new knowledge for the mobilization of funding allocated to the fight against climate change.
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