It is a documented fact that women have huge experiences as early adopters of many new agricultural techniques and they are usually first responders in time of crises with residual knowledge and skills for entrepreneurship relevant for green energy and decision-makers at the domestic front.
Over the years, women have developed considerable positive and impactful adaptation and mitigation strategies at addressing climate change. They offer valuable insights, experiences and solutions relevant for effective management of climate change-related risks and challenges.
However, a lot of the innovative climate solutions that have been developed by women over time have not been properly explored, harnessed and deployed into bankable projects to mobilize climate finance from multiple sources.
To this end, Centre for 21st Century Issues with support from BOTHENDS is working to change this ugly narrative, to ensure that women not only have access to climate finance but also that climate finance benefit women at the grassroots.
The women-led local climate solutions initiative is therefore aimed at identifying and documenting women experiences as well as resources towards engaging climate change concerns for optimal inclusion into Nigeria’s climate finance strategy.
This call is open to women-led climate solutions start-ups or existing projects or ideas across all states in Nigeria that seek to promote the following objectives:
- Identification and mapping of women-led climate solutions for inclusion in the women climate finance strategy.
- Developing a pool of bankable climate projects to attract climate finance for women-led climate solutions
- Showcasing women-led climate actions for inclusion in Nigeria’s climate finance strategy
- Publication of a robust document of women-led local climate solutions for Nigeria
This call focuses on capturing solutions addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation which aligned with the priority sectors of Nigeria’s National Determined contributions (NDCs) namely:
- Waste Management and
- Water and sanitation
Criteria for selection
Project proposal must meet the following criteria:
- The project must be a women-led organization/ideas/initiatives and or startups
- The project objectives should be well articulated and aligns with Nigeria’s NDC and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Women-led climate solutions envisioned or targeted must be locally driven and with prospects for addressing adaptation and or mitigation.
- Project activities must be facilitated by Nigerian and implemented in Nigeria.
- Project deliverables must be specific, impactful and assessable.
- The project should be relevant enough to complement and consolidate efforts by women and men aimed at adapting and mitigating impacts of climate change as well as contributing to reducing gender inequality.
- Anticipated outcomes and outputs of project must demonstrate significant prospects for sustainability.
Framework of implementation
Implementation of this initiative which is expected to reach large audience of women is made up of two components:
- Online call for proposals using different social media platforms to promote the call to communities online and
- Focused Group Discussions conducted at the grassroots to capture solutions from local women with no ready access to social media platforms across the 6 geopolitical zones in Nigeria.
The call process
A flier containing detailed information will be disseminated on social media platforms for three weeks from the date of publication. The selected focal persons across the 6 geopolitical zones are expected to conduct FGDs in their respective communities within the time frame of two-weeks (2 weeks from the date of mobilization).
Each focal person will be required to submit detailed activity reports with pictures and identified local solutions (minimum of 20) within their communities.
This call is open for submissions of project from the date of publication till October 4, 2021. The entire exercise is expected to last a period of one month within which all documents relating to implementation of activities submitted.
The initiative is facilitated by the Centre for 21st Century Issues (C21st) with support from BothEnds, Netherlands.
For further enquiries, feel free to contact the Program Manager in charge, Aisha Titilola Kazeem-Arnold: 08023385589; email: firstname.lastname@example.org