Strengthening the capacity of communities and civil society organizations to address global environmental challenges through conducting GEFSGP Stakeholder workshops at regional and national level.
Development Reality Institute (DRI) is proposing to embark on a project to enhance and strengthen the capacity of communities and civil society organizations to address global environmental challenges in collaboration with the GEF SGP Country office. The project will identify priority and key stakeholders for a series of workshops, trainings and exchange visits to be organized at regional and national level to exchange knowledge and provide training to GEFSGP partners. The initial stage of the project entails the development of a knowledge and capacity needs assessment among the GEF SGP partners, Communities, CSOs, the private sector and the Government.

The stakeholder’s workshops, trainings and exchange visits will be organized in GEF SGP operation areas where there are currently running and or completed GEF SGP Projects in the following areas Harare, Manicaland , Matebeleland – Masvingo and Midlands – and Mashonaland . These workshops will be designed in a manner that saves and maximizes the utilization of the minimum resources while maintaining a manageable group by convening between 45 to 50 participants for each workshop, training or exchange visit.


Table 1:Summary List of activities to be implemented


Project Area Activities Outputs Total beneficiaries
Men Women Youths Total

1a)Midlands and Masvingo Exchange visit - Exchange visit report
- Participants list
- Video documentaries and Photos
- Volunteer and Expert list 15 20
15 50
Stakeholder/Training Workshop - Training workshop report
- Participants list
- Learning material 15
20 15 50
1b)Manicaland Exchange visit - Exchange visit report
- Participants list
- Video documentaries and Photos
- Volunteer and Expert list 15 20 15 50
Stakeholder/Training Workshop - Training workshop report
- Participants list
- Learning material 20 20 10 50
1c)Matebeleland - Bulawayo


Exchange visit - Exchange visit report
- Participants list
- Video documentaries and Photos
- Volunteer and Expert list 20 20 10 50
Stakeholder/Training Workshop - Training workshop report
- Participants list
- Learning material 20 20 10 50
1d) Mashonaland Exchange visit - Exchange visit report
- Participants list
- Video documentaries and Photos
- Volunteer and Expert list 17 23 10 50
Stakeholder/Training Workshop - Training workshop report
- Participants list
- Learning material 23 17 10 50
2) All areas Knowledge and Capacity Needs assessment survey - Capacity needs assessment survey report
3) Documentation of projects and production of fact sheets
Towe – Honde Valley
Step Trust – Honde Valley
Makoni – Rusape
Madziwa – Shamva
Nyanga cluster –(Bonde, Sedze, Mambemba, Nyatondo)
Flora – Goromonzi
COSMO – Harare
Aquaculture – Bindura
LCBL – Domboshava
Documentation of results and indicators for GEF SGP projects in 9 areas
- 9 reports on results and indicators
- A comprehensive Results and Indicators Report
4) Production of learning materials to be used during the Stakeholder workshops Production of learning and training materials Training materials in all subject areas 150 150 80 380
5) Organise and facilitate at least 2 proposal development workshops in Harare and Bulawayo Facilitate proposal development workshops Stakeholders aware of SGP procedures concerning proposal development 30 30 15 75
6) Organize specialized cluster trainings on GEF SGP thematic areas that include biodiversity, climate change, land degradation and chemicals. Projects will attend the specific cluster training that relates to the specific GEFSGP thematic area they are working on. The venues will be organized in consultation with GEFSGP office. Presentations will be made by technical experts for the different GEF SGP thematic areas To get lists of GEFSGP projects under each thematic area from GEFSGP office Projects trained as clusters for each thematic area 149 projects
7) Conduct GIS training for SGP staff and GIS mapping for all GEFSGP funded projects SGP staff to be trained and GIS mapping to be conducted for all 149 projects funded SGP staff able to conduct GIS mapping and GIS mapping conducted for all the 149 projects funded 149 projects


1.2 Organizational Background and Capacity to implement the project

Development Reality Institute (DRI) is a capacity oriented organization registered as a Trustee under the Zimbabwean law in 2009 with registration M149/2009. The organization is governed by a 9 member board of trustees which has reputable, experienced and dedicated men and women. The organization’s annual budget for 2012 is $250 000 and is fundraised through donor funding and grants. DRI has a staff compliment of 9 employees including the Coordinator, Programmes Manager , Climate Change specialist, MDGs specialist, Knowledge Management officer, Admin &Finance Manager, Administration officer and Organizational Development Specialist, Advocacy Officer as indicated by the organogram attached.

DRI pioneered a catalytic and innovative capacity building programme for youths to address the greatest challenge of climate change and environmental mismanagement in Africa. The innovative capacity program harnesses the power of ICTs and new media through a Climate Change Virtual School programme, knowledge management, cool clubs, video conferencing and the documentaries. The project combines the powerful tools of new media, the internet and webcasting. This powerful combination guarantees that the project can be sustained. The virtual learning centre has reached more than 2000 participants in 30 countries since inception in 2010 and receiving six international awards for innovation and creativity including the UN supported World Summit Award and Global Development Network - Japanese Award for the Most innovative development project. It targets the most vulnerable group in Africa, the youth by using a medium they understand. This dynamic and interactive platform is simplified for learners to easily understand the scientific concepts while having fun.
1.3 Project Objectives and Expected Results

Problem statement
GEF SGP prioritizes grant making to poor and vulnerable communities as well as sectors such as those of women, indigenous peoples, and youth. As such, most of these grantees lack the requisite capacity to effectively implement their programmes for achievement of the desired results. To this end, the capacity building grant seeks to build and enhance capacities for SGP grantees and partners not only in project implementation, but also inensuring that they actively engage in influencing policy and make a positive contribution to the implementation of UN Environmental Conventions that the government is signatory to.

The exact dimension of the gap needs to be established through a knowledge and capacity needs assessment in the intervention areas. The main areas with capacity gaps are understanding environmental issues and conventions, project design, Proposal writing, Project management and implementation, Participatory Monitoring and evaluation and reporting, Budgeting and financial management, Communications and knowledge management and capacity to engage into consultative policy processes.

Overall project Goal

? Enhancing and strengthening the capacity of communities, CBOs and civil society organizations to address global environmental challenges.


Specific objectives

1. To carry out a knowledge and capacity needs assessment survey
2. To organize and facilitate the training of GEFSGP partners, communities, CBOs , CSOs and other stakeholders at regional and national levels
3. To document results and indicators for 9 GEFSGP projects in the country
4. To Produce appropriate learning and training materials for a number of topics i.e. understanding environmental issues and conventions, project design, Proposal writing, Project management and implementation, Participatory Monitoring and evaluation and reporting, Budgeting and financial management, Communications and knowledge management and capacity to engage into consultative policy processes.
5. To monitor and evaluate environmental impacts and trends especially at community project level by engaging a specialist who will help in training the projects to carry out inventories and compile fact sheets that reflect the quantifiable indicators under each thematic area


Rationale/Justification of the project

According to the GEFSGP Country Strategy, SGP Zimbabwe considers capacity building as a key-programming requirement and this project fits and addresses GEFSGP focal area of capacity development. The purpose of GEFSGP’s Capacity Development Grants is to “enhance and strengthen capacity of communities and civil society organizations to address global environmental challenges” which is in line with the overall goal of this project. The success of all environmental endeavors by the communities, CBOs, CSOs, the private sector and the government lies in the knowledge and capacity to design implement and monitor their initiatives hence this is an important area to be addressed. This capacity needs to be backed up by sound policies in which these stakeholders need to able to participate in the consultative processes during policy formulation.

Countrywide we have a number of stakeholders who have good environmental initiatives but lack support financially and technically. This project will create a platform where a wide range of stakeholders are going to learn about the focal areas of GEFSGP and how they can develop project proposal to get funding for their projects. It will enable the participants to strengthen their understanding on Environmental Conventions (i.e. the Rio Conventions such as the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD; UN Convention to Combat Desertification, UNCCD; UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC; Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, POPs; as well as other related global environmental and sustainable development agreements that the country is party to).

SGP has also been working over the years but had not developed a pool of trainers and resource persons who help in providing support to SGP projects. This is an area that is going to be addressed through this grant that after the workshop, there will be a pool of trainers and a volunteer network of technical experts that can be called upon for support, assistance and technical backstopping of SGP projects.

There has also been a realization among SGP grantees that they can record well on the descriptive and qualitative aspects of the work they are doing, but there is still a gap on recording on technical pointers. For instance, under the biodiversity thematic area they are required to measure the hectares that have been conserved and to indicate the botanical names of species that have been protected, under climate change they need to measure and indicate tonnes of carbon dioxide avoided by implementing low carbon technologies and tonnes of carbon dioxide avoided through improved land use and climate proofing practices. Under chemicals thematic area they need to measure tonnes of solid waste prevented from burning by alternative disposal or kilograms harmful chemicals avoided from utilization by engaging in sustainable farming practices like organic farming. All these areas require technical skill and capacity and this grant seeks to link up SGP grantees with institutions like the Universities and SIRDC that can offer training in this areas and also provide technical support in making the scientific measurements.


The workshops will also provide an opportunity for participation of key government and or local authority persons, particularly those that are involved in providing required permits and clearances, who can explain how best these could be acquired, with the added aim of initiating team building with these persons and the community and civil society organisations.

Activities relating to objective 1
1.1 Carry out a knowledge and capacity needs assessment survey
1.2 Administering questionnaires
1.3 Conducting face to face Field interviews and phone calls

Activities relating to objective 2
2.1 Organizing stakeholder/Training workshops for stakeholders and partners
2.2 Organizing proposal development workshops
2.3 Organize exchange visits to promote peer learning among SGP grantees
2.4 Organizing Field visits to GEFSGP Projects
2.5 Develop an Electronic stakeholders, volunteers and expert database for Information sharing and Networking

Activities relating to objective 3
3.1 Identifying , engaging and commissioning a technical experts to train and assist communities to document results and Indicators
3.2 Reviewing of draft reports by the technical experts
3.3 Submitting the Final report

Activities relating to objective 4
4.1 Production of learning materials in the different thematic areas and advocacy manual
4.2 Production of an Environment and Climate change Handbook
4.3 Production of a Proposal Development and Project Management Module

Activities relating to objective 5
5.1 Produce lists of GEFSGP projects under each thematic area (biodiversity, climate change, land degradation, chemicals and international waters)
5.2 Identify experts for each thematic area to conduct the workshops
5.3 Organise and facilitate the training workshops

Outputs
2.1 Training of GEFSGP stakeholder and partners
Indicator: Stakeholder training reports
2.2 Training and coaching on proposal development
Indicator: Draft and final proposals ready for submission to GEF
2.3 At least 4 exchange visits organized
Indicator: exchange visits reports, video documentaries and photos
2.4 Organize at least 1 field visit for GEFSGP partners that include government, donors, NGOs, CBOs private sector and NSC
Indicators: Field visit reports and photos
2.5 Establishment of an Electronic Database
Indicators: Soft and Hard Copies of the Database
3.1technical experts identified and commissioned
Indicator: Signed contract and work plan for the technical experts
3.2 Draft reports by the technical experts
Indicator:Number of reports produced
3.3Submission of a Comprehensive and final reports by technical experts
Indicator: Comprehensive and Final report
4.1 learning materials produced
Indicator: Print outs of learning materials
4.2 learning material on Environment and Climate Change produced
Indicator: Print outs of the Handbook
4.3 learning material on Proposal Development and Project Management
Indicator: Print outs of the Module
5 workshops held covering each thematic area

Outcome (1 year after completed activity)
- Knowledge of the existing gap of knowledge and capacity among stakeholders and GEFSGP partners
- Improved intervention strategies on training and capacity building
-Improved understanding of GEFSGP focal areas by stakeholders
-Improved understanding of environmental conventions/issues and climate change by the stakeholders
-Increased number of communities, CBOs and CSOs submitting proposals to GEF and working with them
-Improved participation of stakeholders in the consultative environmental Processes
-Improved implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation of projects by GEFSGP Partners
-Improved fundraising strategies by CBOs and CSOs
-Improved learning, communication and information sharing among all stakeholders
-Results and Indicators comprehensive report for GEFSGP Projects
-Improved results monitoring and evaluation for GEFSGP projects
-Improved capacity for stakeholders to participate in the consultative processes on policies
-Improved knowledge of environmental conventions/issues and climate by the stakeholders
-Improved proposal development, fundraising and project management by GEF Partners and Stakeholders
- The specific needs for projects which are relevant to their thematic areas addressed









 

Project Snapshot

Grantee: Development Reality Institute
Country: Zimbabwe
Area Of Work: CapDev
Operational Phase: Phase 5
Grant Amount: US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind: US$ 25,000.00
Project Number: ZIM/SGP/OP5/Y3/STAR/CB/13/15
Start Date: 12/2013
End Date: 4/2015
Status: Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Significant Participation of Indigenous Peoples
Local communities will participate in this project.
Notable Community Participation
The community is going to be involved in this project because its targeting on training communities who are already working with GEFSGP and those who have not yet started. This is to capacitate them with skills to manage their environment and equip them with skills and knowledge on GEF Conventions and eligible activities, capacity to implement and monitor and fundraise in their local areas. The major participants of this project will be communities, CBOs, CSOs and GEFSGP partners as the main actors.
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