Training Climate Leaders for Results

16 Mar 2013

image“We saw some very scary figures on climate change and its potential impact in the first training session,” said Mr. Fekadu Debissa, a micro-planning officer from Oromia Planning and Development Bureau who strongly reflected, “It made me think that we really need to do something.”

“Ethiopia has never been a country to shy away from challenges and we see that warrior spirit in its approach to the climate change agenda” UNDP Ethiopia Deputy Country Director Bettina Woll told graduates of a six month Leadership for Results Programme on 16th March 2013 during a ceremony in Adama town.

 

65 staff members drawn various regional bureaus of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED) took part in a training programme that comprised three workshops, and in between workshops, individual coaching sessions by national and international experts. This transformational programme seeks to develop leadership skills in several civil servants and ensure a powerful and effective response to the various immediate and long-term challenges posed by climate change in Ethiopia.

 

Ethiopia’s Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) strategy is putting in place measures to build resilience and reduce vulnerability. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is proud to have been associated with this initiative right from the start,” explained Ms. Bettina Woll, the deputy country director of UNDP, at the closing of the Leadership for Result Programme.

 

The Leadership for Results Programme is planned and implemented jointly by Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED) and UNDP helps to motivate and empower civil servants to ensure the integration of the CRGE initiative into the numerous sectoral plans at regional and district levels.

 

Ethiopia is one of the global green front runners and with its ambitious Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) initiative the country promotes a low carbon development and aspires to build a strong, climate resilient economy.

 

Through the training programme participants were provided versatile leadership skills, strong motivation to look into some of the CRGE priorities and clear insights on how to connect them to the work done at regional and district level. Participants also walked away with a drive to implement climate smart solutions and the ability to write climate smart project proposals and access climate financing.

 

“I believe that the participants were really inspired by the methodology of this programme. It combined theory and practical applications very well” remarked Admassu Nebebe, MoFED’s Director of the UN Agencies and Regional Economic Organizations, underlining that “UNDP is instrumental in providing support to the government regarding the CRGE initiative.” 

 

Mr. Admassu emphasized that, “The breakthrough projects have a clear linkage to the participants’ daily work. So I believe that everyone here now knows how to move from a crisis mode to developing solutions. As the learnings of the programme have already been internalized and they can easily be shared further with the regional leadership, colleagues and peers. This will ensure continuation of experience sharing and up-scaling of best practices.”

The participants also agree on the importance of sharing their new skills and knowledge with peers.  Mr. Fekadu Debissa said that planning was already underway for a climate awareness creation session for the regional cabinet including the regional president and his advisors in Oromia Regional State. This is expected to ensure that the regional plans in anchored in the national CRGE agenda and that necessary resource is allocated. He further explained, “We already received an approval and the necessary financing to organize this session and are just trying to fix the facilitation for it. We strongly believe that this type of awareness creation session can serve as a base for all our future activities.”

 

Ms. Abeba Getahun, from the Bahir Dar Energy and Mines Bureau in Amhara Regional State said that climate change presents deep uncertainty and requires new approaches and new, robust and adaptive solutions.

 

“As part of this training we have designed breakthrough projects that are climate smart. I have worked together with my colleagues on designing a cook stove project which aims to provide communities an opportunity to access a new source of income.

 

Ms. Abeba Getahun, from the Bahir Dar Energy and Mines Bureau in Amhara Regional State said that climate change presents deep uncertainty and requires new approaches and new, robust and adaptive solutions.

 

The cook stoves will be produced at community level and then disseminating for a reasonable price. If project is implemented successfully, the impact will be notable! We can decrease biomass consumption by 50%. Deforestation and carbon emitted to the environment will also be significantly reduced. Moreover, mothers and their children will no longer suffer from smoke and the heat when cooking. Meaning that the project will also help to improve their health,” she explains.

 

The next steps in the Leadership for Results Programme include building up on the skills gained by the first batch of graduates through a training- of-trainers workshops as well as identifying regional bureaus that could lead the CRGE mainstreaming.