When funds are delivered, women do not get ongoing support and advice to ensure they are ableto manage the funds and the project effectively, leading to funding being lost or not given again.
Funding calls are often administered in cities which women who live out of town don’t have the fi-nancial means to get to.
Many parts of local government and the public do not understand climate change, so when womenlook for support, they are often faced with resistance or disinterest.
from the Women’s Energy and Climate Change Forum explains that a key barrierto access is that the processes are unclear and inconsistent:
“It is my third year trying to get funds. I went to Pretoria to apply for funding. They say they have money but when I go they say they already gave it away and I must now come next year.But last year R28 million wasn’t utilised in the Department of Agriculture (so how can they say all the funds are used? Then the following year they say I need a strategic partner. Then they say I need a business plan.”
from Thalgo Agricultural Cooperative explains that a key challenge is accessingfinance for their project:
“Afco wants to give us their building to do rooftop gardening but we are struggling to get finance for shield nets and compost.”
Recommendations to make climate finance work for women
1. Ensure that women are engaged in climate policy making and planning in order to address theirneeds
Enable women to be involved in the implementation of the National Climate Change ResponsePolicy particularly the development of the adaptation plan.
Enable women to participate in local level planning such as community planning for adaptation ormitigation projects.
2. Enable easy and, free access to information so that women are able to participate meaningfullyin processes and to access climate finance
Simplify forms and processes.
Make information available in three to four different South African languages.
Advertise information and calls for proposals in community-friendly media such as local press orcommunity radio.
3. Promote a gender balance in decision making forums so that women’s voices are represented
Include, at a minimum, an equal number of men and women on steering committees and governingboards of Funds such as the Board of the National Green Fund and Steering Committee of the Na-tional Implementing Entity.
4. Enable capacity building of women to improve their access to climate finance
Provide opportunities for community level information sharing and support to access funds.
Provide training of practical skills such as how to write proposals.
Provide local and provincial government capacity building given most climate policy implementationwill take place at this level.
Build capacity across government departments- to understand climate change and the impacts onwomen.