As a final event in Kenya, V-LED is convening stakeholders from local communities and civil society, county and national governing officials and the private sector to discuss multi-level climate governance and ways forward. This day-long ‘Lessons Learned’ event on Nov 8 in Kwale County, will reflect on four years of project operations and prompt participants to identify good practices and objectives to continue pursuing.
The Lessons Learned event follows a workshop on Nov 7 that matched climate resilient community development projects with prospective donors. Participants also heard encouraging news from Kwale County’s Chief Officer of Monitoring and Controlling: the County Government is committed to moving forward a Climate Change Policy with participatory methods to include members of the Kwale County Natural Resources Network and V-LED consortium partner, the Institute for Law and Environmental Governance (ILEG).
Over the past four years, V-LED has stimulated horizontal exchanges for climate action at the sub-national level, facilitated coherent actions between different governing levels and supported relevant capacity building activities. In particular, the project has conducted vertical dialogues and horizontal exchanges for an effective response to climate change. Along the way, V-LED researchers collected and analysed data to assess the policy architecture of multi-level climate governance and governance in practice.
The analysis identifies good practices, barriers to upscaling local climate action, and entry points for government, funders, citizens and development organisations. The publication, titled Multi-level Governance in Kenya: Activating mechanisms for climate action, is the first of four V-LED country studies, and will be launched at the Lessons Learned workshop.
While this marks the conclusion of V-LED in Kenya, the consortium partners, adelphi and ILEG, remain committed to the work of supporting local climate action and effective governance in Kwale County and throughout Kenya.