Climate Change and Poverty Diagnosis Program 2010
Associated Organization: Abibimman FoundationGhana begin to experience the effects of climate change.On those already living in poverty in places like the Tema slums
Themes: Agriculture, fisheries and food security, Poverty and vulnerability
Regions: West Africa
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Climate Change and Poverty Diagnosis Program 2010
As countries in the global south like Ghana begin to experience the effects of climate change, the United Nations has begun establishing a climate fund to help countries mitigate and adapt to these effects. The US, EU and Japan have offered to jointly contribute $10 billion annually between 2010 and 2012. Abibimman Foundation is concerned about the effects of climate change on those already living in poverty in places like the Tema slums, and will be lobbying the Ghanaian government on important issues that should receive some attention of this fund.
Ghana needs to develop a national climate change policy to meet these challenges, as well as a national youth policy. People around the country are beginning to feel the effects of climate change like hotter temperatures, heavier flooding, and less predictable rains. These stresses are serious factors in the migration of so many people from other regions seeking better livelihoods in Tema.
Although there are a number of industries and infrastructure throughout Tema, many people are moving into slum communities with poor living conditions in the metropolitan area. An unacceptably high number of people live in poverty, often forced to live in slums without basic necessities like adequate water and sanitation. Unemployment of youth is a serious challenge for slum communities. The 2004 UNDP Human Development Report for Tema showed that the 14.5% unemployment rate for Tema Municipality was much higher than the national average. Even those with jobs in fishing or other industries often struggle to make ends meet.
Over the past year, Abibimman Foundation has expanded from promoting the MDGs and leading anti-poverty campaigns, by running two events focused on poverty and climate change in Ghana. With the support of GCAP, WWF and other organizations, Abibimman led a series of Climate Justice Hearings in October 2009, traveling around the country learning about and publicizing the effects of climate change in different communities. In December 2009, Abibimman led an International Human Rights Day event with the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to highlight the challenges of those living in slums in Tema, and how climate change is adding further difficulties to those trying to attain their basic rights.
Abibimman believes it will be easier to lobby the government's climate mitigation and adaptation policies with more in-depth knowledge of the real challenges being experienced around the country. We believe the situations faced by citizens living in slums in Tema are similar to those in other urban slums in Ghana, and our connections in the community make it an ideal place to conduct a participatory assessment. Through the Climate Change and Poverty Diagnosis, we hope to learn more about the challenges being faced by citizens living in urban slums, and how their service providers can help them adapt to climate changes and ensure their rights are met. A participatory approach should help ensure that our results more accurately reflect community members' situations and experiences, reduce the chances of Abibimman imposing its own perceptions of their situation, and build community members' own capacity to lobby for their rights.
We will be working with communities in two areas of the Tema metropolis: Community 3 Site B and Tema New Town. The Community 3 area is an illegal slum, and the entire area is at risk of demolition, because the TDC has sold the land to a Korean developer. Tema New Town is a more established area along the coast, with many working in the fishing industry. However, residents face many similar challenges to those in Community 3, in terms of basic needs, livelihoods, and shelter. We hope to build connections between groups in the two communities to work together on common issues through joint meetings, planning and action.
- Learn more about poverty and the specific impacts of climate change on people's lives in Tema New Town, how it is affecting other issues in their community, what capacity they have to adapt to these changes, and what their development priorities are. This will allow Abibimman to speak in step with their experiences and priorities when doing lobbying work such as advocacy around the UN climate adaptation fund.
- Build capacity of youth in community to advocate on their own behalf with elected and traditional leaders. Abibimman will support community members to speak on their own behalf, by providing human rights seminars, opportunities to engage with their authorities, and preparation for these meetings. We also aim to give community members, especially youth, ownership of the project by including them in all aspects of project design, facilitation, monitoring and evaluation.
Short-term and medium-term community objectives
- Give members from many community groups the opportunity to learn about and discuss their rights and entitlements. Youth groups will be the main focus, and we hope to involve about 20 to 30 groups, partly through an MDG and rights workshop with CHRAJ.
- Give them the opportunity to participate in a diagnosis of poverty and climate change impacts in their community, and their challenges and priorities, and discuss these together with local authorities.
- Provide opportunities for communication and collaboration between youth groups in Tema New Town and between citizens in Tema New Town and those in Community 3.
Increase the frequency and depth of community and youth engagement with local leaders, and increase communication and collaboration between citizens in the municipality
- Increase the capacity of community members to speak up and advocate for their own rights and entitlements with local authorities and service providers, especially in poverty and climate change-related issues.
- Provide platforms for communities to influence important national and local policies, like Ghana's climate change adaptation policy, and strengthen Abibimman's advocacy work by learning from the diagnosis process.
Abibimman's program objectives
- Provide opportunities for community members, especially youth, to participate in a sensitization workshop with CHRAJ to learn more about and discuss the MDGs and their rights as Ghanaians. They will also provide frequent opportunities for leaders from the two communities to meet and collaborate, to build links and allow them to work together on common issues.
- Make an in-depth, credible study for our advocacy programs, reflecting Abibimman Foundation and the community's assessment of poverty and climate change impacts affecting them, locally or elsewhere.
- Help organize the forum to present the results of the diagnosis and allow the community members to engage with local leaders.
Over the course of several weeks, Abibimman and youth facilitators from Tema New Town will conduct a participatory poverty and climate change diagnosis in their community. Our methods will be decided together, but may include roleplaying, community score-cards, walks through the community, resource mapping, focus group discussions, history charting, and other tools. Assessments will also be made from opinions and comments expressed at youth group meetings that Abibimman representatives will be attending.
The two major capacity-building activities will be the MDG and Rights sensitization workshop with CHRAJ, which will be held together with representatives from youth and community groups from both areas, and the forum where the results of the diagnosis will be presented to and discussed with other stakeholders.
Monitoring & Evaluation
In addition, Abibimman Foundation and the communities will be conducting a monitoring & evaluation process to assess the process and final results, and help explain what worked, what didn't, and what should be tried in future programs.
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