Support for strengthening women’s climate leadership in Uganda (037)

Enhancing Women’s Participation and Leadership in Climate Action in Karamoja, Uganda


Enhancing Women’s Participation and Leadership in Climate Action in Karamoja, Uganda

The Karamoja region is one of Uganda’s least developed regions and is highly vulnerable to climate change variability and resource-based conflict. It experiences frequent shocks, e.g. drought, flash floods, livestock and crop diseases and pests, water shortages pointing to the need to address resilience and adaptation. Climate change is exacerbating challenges faced by structurally vulnerable groups in Karamoja including women and youth through socio-cultural norms and structural barriers that limit access to resources, education, and decision-making and increase threats to their livelihoods, health, and security.

Grassroots Alliance for Rural Development (GARD) is a not-for profit organization established in 2019 in Uganda. GARD has worked with many partners including local government, SASA, the UN (FAO), UNDP and others to contribute to changing lives by creating opportunities to reduce poverty and inequalities through local capacity development and building community resilience for sustainability.

Goal: The technical assistance will contribute to addressing climate resilience and adaptation in Karamoja Region in line with Uganda’s Nationally determined Contribution (NDC) priorities and focus on resilience and adaptation,  gender mainstreaming, awareness-raising, and enhancing women’s decision-making at all levels and reducing net greenhouse gas emissions. The deployment will contribute to addressing the barriers to women and girls’ participation in climate-related decision-making and strengthening their climate leadership in the context of building resilience and strengthening adaptive capacity.  

CAA Technical Assistance Objectives

Through the support of Oxfam Consults technical assistance will enhance GARD’s gender and capacity to strengthen and expand climate leadership programming that directly benefits women from vulnerable groups and include a broader gender-transformative approach using the engagement of men, boys, local leaders, etc. and ii.) support GARD to identify funding opportunities and develop a strong proposal for funding on strengthening women’s climate leadership in the context of climate resilience and adaptive capacity. Specifically, the technical assistance will:

  • Undertake a participatory capacity needs assessment with GARD
  • Design and implement a capacity strengthening plan with GARD.
  • Design (or adapt existing), deliver, and facilitate a climate leadership training to women.
  • Organize and facilitate a write-shop with GARD (and, if relevant) other stakeholders/potential partners, to identify funding sources and other resources; and design a proposal for an initiative to scale women’s climate leadership programming.

Technical Experts