Monday, 30 January 2012

2012 Climate Advocacy Small Grants Fund

Drawing Linkages between Population, Reproductive Health, Gender and

Climate Change Adaptation

Population Action International (PAI), a Washington, D.C. based non-profit organization that advocates for women and families to have access to contraception in order to improve their health, reduce poverty and protect their environment, is soliciting proposals for our 2012 Climate Advocacy Small Grants Program: Drawing Linkages between Population, Reproductive Health, Gender and Climate Change Adaptation. Only organizations based in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, the Philippines, and Tanzania are eligible to apply.

Several grants of up to $20,000 USD will assist civil society organizations in identifying opportunities to promote the integration of reproductive health and gender considerations into national strategies and plans to address climate change. These one-year grants will support organizations in their efforts to document entry points for advocacy at the national and regional levels; strengthen cross-sectoral research, communication and collaboration; and build national-level support for the integration of reproductive health, gender, and climate change in national policies.

The deadline for proposals is no later than Monday, February 6, 2012 at 6 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST).  For further information and to receive application materials, please contact Roger-Mark De Souza at

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Appel a propositions de projets


Bénin - Côte d'Ivoire - Ghana - Guinée - Liberia - Niger - Nigéria - Sénégal - Sierra Leone

Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) fait parti du réseau mondial des Fondations Open Society (OSF). Elle accorde des subventions et fait du plaidoyer dans le but de soutenir la création en Afrique de l’Ouest de sociétés ouvertes caractérisées par une démocratie qui fonctionne, une bonne gouvernance, l’état de droit, les libertés fondamentales et une vaste participation à la vie civile. OSIWA, basée à Dakar, Sénégal, a des bureaux nationaux à Abuja, Monrovia, Freetown et Conakry.

Ce présent appel à propositions cherche à:

1. Promouvoir des institutions, processus et structures de gouvernance forts et transparents, comptables de leurs actes et n'accordant aucune place à l'impunité;

2. Renforcer les capacités des organisations de la société civile et accroitre la participation des citoyens au processus de prise de décision ;

3. Promouvoir les droits fondamentaux et la protection des groupes de citoyens exposés à la discrimination.

Les programmes nationaux seront mis en oeuvre dans les pays suivants: Bénin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinée, Liberia, Niger, Nigéria, Sénégal et Sierra Leone.

Le plan stratégique d’OSIWA disponible sur servira de guide dans la formulation de votre requête.


OSIWA octroie principalement des subventions à des organisations locales basées dans les neuf pays ouest-africains où elle intervient. Dans de rares cas, elle apporte un soutien à des organisations internationales basées en Afrique de l’Ouest fortement impliquées dans le transfert de connaissances à des groupes locaux avec lesquels elles sont en partenariat. Elle accorde des subventions à des institutions gouvernementales et à des organisations régionales et sous-régionales qui oeuvrent dans ses domaines d’intervention prioritaires. Toute organisation sollicitant un financement d’OSIWA doit soumettre un formulaire de demande dûment rempli, un budget et un cadre de suivi évaluation. Les formulaires de demande sont disponibles sur

Soumission et délais:

Les demandes dûment remplies doivent être envoyées directement à l’adresse: Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir. . Veuillez noter que les propositions répondant au présent appel peuvent être soumises à deux dates limites différentes. Les propositions reçues après la première date limite seront considérées comme relevant de la deuxième phase.

Premier appel

Date limite pour la soumission de la demande: 27 Février 2012

Décision finale: au plus tard le 30 Avril 2012

Deuxième appel

Relance de l’appel à propositions: 2 Mai 2012

Date limite pour la soumission de la demande: 2 juillet 2012

Décision finale: au plus tard le 31 Octobre 2012

Mise à jour le Mardi, 24 Janvier 2012 18:34


OSI West Africa Call for Proposals



Benin - Côte d'Ivoire - Ghana - Guinea - Liberia - Niger - Nigeria - Senegal - Sierra Leone

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is a grant making and advocacy foundation that is part of the global Open Society Foundations Network. OSIWA works to support the creation of open societies in West Africa marked by functioning democracy, good governance, the rule of law, basic freedoms, and widespread civic participation. Its headquarters is in Dakar and it has offices in Abuja, Monrovia, Freetown and Conakry.

OSIWA calls for proposals that seek to:

1.     Foster building of strong governance institutions, processes and structures that are transparent, accountable and intolerant of impunity;

2.     Build the capacity of civil society organizations and increase citizen participation in decision-making processes and

3.     Promote the protection of fundamental rights and citizenship groups exposed to discrimination.

The programs will be implemented in one or more of these countries: Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone.

The detailed strategy to guide the application process is available at


OSIWA primarily awards grants to local organizations based in the nine countries in West Africa in which OSIWA works. In rare and limited circumstances, it provides support to West Africa based international organizations with a strong commitment to transfer knowledge to local groups they partner with. It provides grants to government institutions as well as regional and sub regional organizations working in its core priorities areas. OSIWA requires all organizations seeking funding to submit a completed application form, budget, work plan and a monitoring and evaluation framework.

The application documents are available at

Submission and deadlines

Completed applications should be sent directly to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please note that the call for proposal targets two deadlines for submission. Proposals received after the first deadline will be considered during the second call.

First Call

Application deadline: February 27th, 2012

Latest date for final decision: April 30, 2012

Second Call

Call re-launched: May 2nd, 2012

Application deadline: July 2nd, 2012

Latest date for final decision: October 31, 2012

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 January 2012 17:41


Proceedings of INECE's 9th Conference Now Available Online

Proceedings of INECE's 9th Conference Now Available Online

The International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement
(INECE) is pleased to announce the online publication of the Proceedings of its 9th International Conference on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement <>

The 9th Conference was held on the theme of “Enforcement
Cooperation: Strengthening Environmental Governance” in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, from 20-24 June 2011.

The Proceedings provide a robust overview of the breadth of issues discussed at the Conference. Among other things, they present summaries of the plenary sessions, the many workshop discussions, and include 61 papers submitted by members of the INECE community that support the broad themes of the Conference.

The Proceedings provide country case examples and studies of good practices that explore some of the most critical issues facing environmental compliance and enforcement professionals today, including

cooperating with authorities across borders.
assuring compliance with climate-related requirements.
intelligence-led enforcement.
training new and existing staff.
the role of compliance monitoring.
environmental impact assessment.
tools to encourage citizen participation.
outcome indicators of environmental compliance assurance.
developing effective enforcement networks.

As the international community prepares to meet in June in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the United Nations Earth Summit, the need for assuring compliance with national laws and policies is increasingly recognized as central to meeting our international environmental commitments, responding to climate change, strengthening environmental governance, and improving global competitiveness. These Proceedings advance the message that robust national environmental compliance and enforcement systems for environmental and energy laws are critical parts of an effective overall governance strategy to meet green economy, poverty eradication, and sustainable development objectives.

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New IIED publication

Dear Colleagues,

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is proud to announce its latest publication:

Key issues in Uganda's energy sector
Robert Tumwesigye

Uganda has abundant energy resources, especially renewable resources, yet there is widespread energy poverty throughout the country. The country’s energy sector faces considerable challenges including high costs for renewable energy technologies, rising international oil prices and an increased demand for power. This report explores key issues in each of the sub-sectors, the potential for renewable energies, and gives an overview of the legal and institutional frameworks for the sector.

Practical Action launch Poor people's energy outlook 2012

Poor people's energy outlook 2012
Practical Action, supported by GIZ and UNDP, has launched the Poor people's energy outlook 2012 as a catalyst for a movement for change on energy access, and a source of information to support it. This movement for change has as its focus the United Nation's goal of universal energy access by 2030.
This year, the Poor people's energy outlook shines a spotlight on energy access and its impact on the ability of the world's poorest people to earn a decent living and work their way out of poverty.
Download the report, check out the two interactive infographics, and learn more about what is needed to achieve Energy for All by 2030 at

Saturday, 28 January 2012

U.N. sustainable development summit shifts from climate change

Ghana's cleaner production centre to serve west Africa
In a move that is seen as an effort to address environmental issues
following the Durban Climate Change talks late last year, Ghana has
taken its commitment towards environmental management and
sustainability further.
U.N. sustainable development summit shifts from climate change
(Reuters) - Representatives from around the world gather in Rio in
June to try to hammer out goals for sustainable development at a U.N.
conference designed to avoid being tripped up by the intractable issue
of climate change.
But there is concern in the lead-up to the conference, known as Rio+20
or the Earth Summit, that it risks ending up as all talk and little

Thursday, 5 January 2012



The African region offers significant potential for human, social and economic development but is facing enormous challenges. Rapid population growth, rising levels of poverty and inappropriate development practices are the main factors influencing the state of the environment in Africa. Other factors that have lead to continued environmental degradation include the impact of drought and other natural disasters, disease, ineffective development policies, unfavourable terms of international trade and the debt burden.

2. In adopting the United Nations Millennium Declaration in New York in September 2000,the heads of State representing the international community, specifically agreed to “take special measures to address the challenges of poverty eradication and sustainable development in Africa, including debt cancellation, improved market access, enhanced Official Development Assistance and increased flows of Foreign Direct Investment, as well as transfers of technology.”

Africa fertilizer summit: Five years after

Africa fertilizer summit: Five years after

More than 80 percent of Nigeria's 150 million population  face the challenge of feeding themselves daily. Reason is that the nation's agricultural sector is dying, and food is becoming more and more expensive.

Government and businesses are importing many food items at a time of dwindling national income and personal savings. The reality that stares most Nigerians in the face is: food crises, hunger and starvation! It ought not to be so!

Exactly five years ago (June 9 -13, 2006), heads of states of African countries, politicians, farmers, donor agencies, scientists and agriculture experts from various parts of the world, gathered in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, at the first-ever Africa Fertilizer Summit to brainstorm on the challenges of food crisis in the continent and how fertilizer could come to the rescue. It sought ways of engendering food security in an era of global harsh economic realities and emerging democratisation processes in Africa.

Five years after the summit, Nigeria faces greater danger of food insecurity. Considering the saying that "a hungry people are an angry people", the federal government of Nigeria needs to take the issue very seriously, especially now that President Goodluck Jonathan has promised transformation. He needs to realise that the agricultural sector, along with power and education, holds the key to meaningful transformation of the country.

The President is already doing something in that regard. Last week, he endorsed the establishment of a world-class $1 billion fertilizer plant at Eleme Petrochemicals Company (EPCL), in Port Harcourt, Rivers State by Indorama Corporation, the Indonesian firm that invested $400 million in 2006 to acquire, resuscitate and run EPCL. The President also said that Nigeria would stop fertilizer imports in 2015. This is heart-warming news!

Various statistics reeled out at the 2006 Abuja fertilizer summit were frightening: that more than 75% of Africa's soil has rapidly lost its nutrients for growing crops; that 80% of families in Sub-Saharan Africa are at the risk of mass poverty and hunger as a result of soil degradation and poor crop yield; and that most governments in the region spend approximately 34% of its annual budgets on food imports. The weakened soil was identified as a major cause of poverty in the region where families often have to spend three-quarters of their income on food.

"The evidence leaves no doubt that the very resources on which African farmers and their families depend for welfare and survival is being undermined by soil degradation", a report by Julio Henao and Carlos Baanante of the International Centre for Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development said. The summit came to the conclusion that fertilizer is the key to feeding the African population that could reach 1.8 billion by 2050.

Nigeria, along with Guinea, Congo, Angola, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda, was identified as one country that has the highest rates of soil depletion and needs greater political action and mass mobilisation of its population to avert the clear and present danger of massive food crisis by 2015.

Currently, Nigeria's forests and farmlands are being devastated by a number of factors including bush burning, oil exploration, over-use and desertification. Fertilizer is therefore one product that Nigerian farmers and, indeed the agric sector generally, need to feed the nation's exploding population.

Fertilizer is an organic substance that replenishes the soil nutrients. There are various types of fertilizers including ammonia, urea, NPK, potassium, nitrogen, etc. For now, the Nigerian government imports more than 95 percent of the fertilizer needs of the farmers. Apart from the high cost of importing fertilizer, the challenge of its effective distribution to farmers across the country is enormous. Most of the time the fertilizers get to the farmers at a cost they cannot afford or at a time they no longer need it (late deliveries).

This explains Mr. President's wisdom in endorsing the local production of fertilizer by Indorama. According to the Managing Director of Indorama-EPCL, Manish Mundra, the fertilizer plant, which will be sited in the EPCL Complex in Port Harcourt, will deliver one million metric tonnes of ammonia and urea fertilizers annually. Apart from meeting the needs of Nigerian farmers, Mr. Mundra said the surplus would be exported to earn foreign exchange for the country.

Efforts made in the past by the federal government to produce fertilizer ran into a big ditch. The National Fertilizer Company of Nigeria (NAFCON) in Onne, Rivers State was privatised in 2006. It is yet to find its feet again. Its production since then has been in fits and starts. The federal government-owned Superphosphate Fertilizer Company in Kaduna was also privatised as a result of poor management in 2006. Yet, it has not done well, according to investigations.

With the pedigree of Indorama at Eleme Petrochemicals, industry experts believe that the fertilizer project would be a success. Indorama has said that President Jonathan would soon lay the foundation stone of the project for which funds, land, power and gas supplies have already been confirmed by the company. Nigeria needs fertilizers to redeem our impoverished farmlands and forestall a looming food crisis in the country.

Monday, 2 January 2012


La Conférence des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques s'est
tenue à Durban, en Afrique du Sud, du 28 novembre au 11 décembre 2011.
La conférence a englobé une série d'événements parmi lesquels la dix-
septième session de la Conférence des parties (CdP 17) à la Convention
cadre des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques (CCNUCC) et la
septième réunion de la Conférence des parties siégeant en tant que
Réunion des parties (RdP).
À l'appui de ces deux principaux organes, quatre autres organes se
sont réunis: la reprise de la 14e session du Groupe de travail spécial
sur l'action concertée à long terme au titre de la Convention (AWG-
LCA); la reprise de la 16e session du Groupe de travail spécial sur
les nouveaux engagements des parties visées à l'Annexe I au titre du
Protocole de Kyoto (AWG-KP) et les 35e sessions de l'Organe
subsidiaire de mise en œuvre (SBI) et de l'Organe subsidiaire de
conseil scientifique et technologique (SBSTA).
La Conférence a attiré plus de 12 480 participants, dont plus de 4 500
représentants des gouvernements, 5 800 délégués représentant les
organes et les agences de l'ONU, les organisations
intergouvernementales et les organisations de la société civile, et
plus de 1 200 membres des médias.
Les rencontres ont abouti à l'adoption de 19 décisions de la CdP et de
17 décisions de la RdP, et à l'approbation d'un certain nombre de
conclusions par les organes subsidiaires. Ces résultats couvrent un
vaste éventail de sujets, notamment, l'établissement d'une deuxième
période d'engagement au titre du Protocole de Kyoto, une décision sur
l'action concertée à long terme en vertu de la Convention, le
lancement d'un nouveau processus vers une solution concertée ayant
force de loi applicable à toutes les parties à la Convention, et mise
en fonction du Fonds vert pour le climat.



The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa,
was held from 28 November - 11 December 2011. The conference involved
a series of events, including the seventeenth session of the
Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on
Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the seventh meeting of the Conference of
the Parties serving as the Meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol
(CMP 7).
In support of these two main bodies, four other bodies convened: the
resumed 14th session of the Ad hoc Working Group on Long-term
Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA); the resumed 16th
session of the Ad hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I
Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP); and the 35th sessions of
the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body
for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA).
The Conference drew over 12,480 participants, including over 5400
government officials, 5800 representatives of UN bodies and agencies,
intergovernmental organizations and civil society organizations, and
more than 1200 members of the media.
The meetings resulted in the adoption of 19 COP decisions and 17 CMP
decisions and the approval of a number of conclusions by the
subsidiary bodies. These outcomes cover a wide range of topics,
notably the establishment of a second commitment period under the
Kyoto Protocol, a decision on long-term cooperative action under the
Convention, the launch of a new process towards an agreed outcome with
legal force applicable to all parties to the Convention, and the
operationalization of the Green Climate Fund.
After the frustrations at the Copenhagen conference and the struggle
to rescue the multilateral climate regime in Cancun, negotiators in
Durban turned a corner and not only resuscitated the Kyoto Protocol
but, in doing so, adopted a decision that will lead to negotiations on
a more inclusive 21st century climate regime. There was a strong sense
that elements of the Durban package, guided by a need to fulfill long
overdue commitments that go back to the Bali Roadmap, restored
sufficient momentum for a new negotiation process, one that will
continue to witness a series of differentiated interests across and
within the traditional lines of division between developed and
developing countries. Many welcomed the adoption decisions including
on the Green Climate Fund, and the Durban Platform, as well as the
process to launch an agreement with legal force, while others
continued to insist on the urgent need to significantly scale up the
level of ambition to address the gap between existing mitigation
pledges and the needed emission reductions recommended by science.
This report summarizes the discussions, decisions and conclusions
based on the agendas of the COP, CMP and the subsidiary bodies.

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