Experts and stakeholders in climate action in Kenya seek a neat framework for the implementation of Financing a National locally led climate action program dubbed FLOCCA, in Kenya.
Stakeholders from across the country convened at the National Conference to provide space for the exchange of experiences, share perspectives learning, and scale up on practical lessons and challenges faced by communities, governments, and funders in promoting locally led climate action, with a specific focus on the Financing Locally Led Climate Action (FLOCCA) Programme in Kenya.
Participants explored challenges in ensuring the fund flow is well channeled as stipulated and
questioned on accountability and transparency are duly respected to ensure that the community has
access to the locally led climate action.
Susan Otieno, Executive Director, ActionAid shed light on the need for transparency and
accountability and insisted on the need for the inclusion of youth, women marginalized and
indigenous communities in the process of implementation of the FLLOCCA Program noting the
principle of human rights and equal participation.
Since it was launched in 2021, the program has successfully disbursed 979 MILLION KES under the
county Climate institutional support grants to 45 and44 counties respectively.
The program is present in all 47 counties. However, challenges are still evident as accountability is still fuzzy.
Mithika Mwenda, Executive Director, PACJA, there must be a neat protocol to be followed and ensure
communities have access to the funding which should enable them to address the impacts of climate
change. He stressed that no one should left behind in the participatory process of the programme.
The structure of the framework questioned by participants was also mentioned by the president of
the Republic of Kenya, Dr. William Ruto during the FLLOCA check handover at the start of the Africa
Climate Summit in Nairobi.
“The FLLOCA program design provides a bold and innovative, bottom-up decentralization of climate financing, as well as decision-making, thereby empowering the lowest units, which are the grassroots-
level communities in each of Kenya’s 1450 wards, to take charge of the processes of identification, planning, and implementation of climate action, based on the existing climate risk”, said HE William
” Though this framework is well developed, H.E. Wilbur Otichillo, the Chair of the Council of Governors Environment & Climate Change Committee and Governor of Vihiga County highlighted the
significance of inclusive climate change laws to ensure smooth implementation. He underscored the
role of counties in contributing to Locally-led Climate action instead of waiting for support from
foreign funders. “Climate change is global, but climate action must be local”, stressed HE Otichillo.
The FLLOCA program has seven components namely: policy, legal, and regulatory Framework for
climate change; capacity building, decentralized financing, community-led actions technology and
innovation, measuring climate results, and climate-related emerging Issues.