What does CLACC do?
CLACC aims to strengthen the capacity of organisations working with civil society in environment and development while integrating climate change issues in the planning and implementation of projects.
CLACC supports LDCs to adapt to climate change. Because their degree of vulnerability is high, the programmes in LDCs require long-term capacity strengthening within government as well as civil society.
In its first phase (2004/2005) the CLACC project worked to strengthen the capacity of four regional partners in South Asia (BCAS) East Africa (ACTS), West Africa (ENDA) and Southern Africa (ZERO). CLACC focused on these regions because they include the communities that will be disproportionately and negatively affected by climate change.
CLACC now focuses on 12 vulnerable countries in the LDC group (nine in Africa and three in South Asia ). It continues to enhance the capacity of organisations based in civil society who are working with the most vulnerable groups.
For several years (2007 - 2010), HELIO was responsible for monitoring and evaluation of the CLACC programme. For each one of the 15 CLACC's member countries, there was a HELIO observer whose role it is to monitor how that country's CLACC fellow is performing and how adaptation was being considered within the country. Summaries of the annual evaluations are listed below.
Originally, HELIO had in-country monitors in the 15 participating countries but with various changes and cutbacks, HELIO’s role as evolved to be one of providing guidance and letting CLACC carry out its own monitoring. Most recently, HELIO prepared a questionnaire that was used to guide CLACC fellows to reflect on the benefits of attending COP 17. The attached document provides the results of that effort.
CLACC continues under the Southern Voices Programme. The advocacy work under this is pretty exciting in some countries (as usual CLACC has some amazing stories …) and although it has been difficult to find funding, CLACC has always found ways to get support for the civil society networks that each CLACC fellow has been working with or has helped establish in their own countries. To read more about CLACC programme and its activities in the regions, click here.