Vote for civil society observers to the Climate Investment Funds

The vote for civil society observers to the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) is now OPEN.

Civil societies can vote fo organization that will be there representing clean and efficient fossil fueled and renewable climate change solutions.

To cast your ballot, follow this link:

After you fill out a brief registration form, a separate link to the ballot will be emailed directly to you. Follow that link and log in using the same email address you used to register.

To be eligible to vote, you must be a member of a non-profit civil society organization (CSO) or network involved in issues of climate change. CSOs are invited to vote for candidates from their geographic region (Africa, Asia, Developed Countries, and Latin America).

Voting will remain open until Tuesday, January 24, 11:59 pm GMT.

Please contact cifobservers if you have questions on the voting process.

For more information on the civil society observer selection process, please visit

Guide for energy entrepreneurs who want to link their businesses to carbon finance

GVEP International, in partnership with the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy, has published a guide for energy entrepreneurs who want to link their businesses to carbon finance. The guide, which is part of a series also covering Investment Finance and End-User Finance, aims to provide recommendations on their first steps to assess their businesses’ potential and guide them through the complexities of the ever-evolving carbon market.

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USAID NGO Grant Support: Request for Applications from NGOs

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a Request for Applications for the Development Grants Program providing support in the three sectors of microenterprise, water and climate changeadaptation. Applications can be submitted by indigenous, local NGOs from different countries or private and voluntary organizations in the US.

The Development Grants Program aims to create new partnerships between USAID and NGOs which have limited or have not been able to access prior funding directly from the USAID. Through this program, the Agency seeks to expand its network of NGOs and build their capacity.

The objectives of the DGP as presented in this Request for Applications are:

1. Broadened participation in USAID programs of local NGOs and U.S. PVOs with experience and expertise relevant to priority USAID and partner country development objectives;

2. Expanded numbers of local NGOs and U.S. PVOs with planning, management and service delivery systems adequate to implement USAID-funded activities; and

3. Measurable contributions by LNGOs and U.S. PVOs to the achievement of the development objectives for participating USAID Missions’ country programs, in particular as they pertain to Agency priorities and initiatives.

A list of eligible countries along with the specific funding sectors is given in the link below. To apply to this program, concept notes have to be submitted initially outlining the proposed project in the areas of microenterprise, water and climate change adaptation. Detailed proposals will be requested after the review of concept notes.

The closing date for the submission of concept notes is 25 April 2011.

For more information, visit and search by funding opportunity number for “M-OAA-GRO-EGAS-DGP-11-0001.”

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Sustainable Energy Bulletin for June 2010 is out

Tuesday May 11th, Hon. Gay Mitchell and Hon. Nirj Deva who are members of the European Parliament in collaboration with Europe External Policy Advisors (EEPA) and Hivos hosted a successful hearing on energy and development issues. The main objective
of this hearing was to lobby for the increase of the funding of renewable energy projects by the European Commission.
Hivos and TaTEDO participated in this event, please read more here

Hydropower Expert Job Vacancy

Suitable candidates are hereby invited to apply for the post of Hydropower Expert who will serve the Greening the Tea Industry in East Africa (GTIEA) Project, located in Mombasa, Kenya.

Project Background

The GTIEA Project is a Global Environment Facility supported project being co-implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), and executed by the East African Tea Trade Association (EATTA).

The Project aims to increase investments in small hydropower projects in tea industries in East Africa and thereby reduce cost of electricity, increase supply reliability and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Key Responsibilities

  • Under the guidance of the PMO Director, assist in the overall co-ordination, management and oversight of the project.
  • Provide technical assistance to project developers to ensure successful project implementation in consultation with other experts.
  • Conduct training and capacity building activities for project developers, including on-site training, select study tours, etc.
  • Formulate mechanisms for monitoring and evaluation of effectiveness of capacity building activities.

The details on the scope of work are available on the website.

Minimum Qualifications & Experience

  • University degree in engineering, preferably Masters degree
  • 10 years experience in planning, design, construction supervision and contract management of hydropower projects, preferably small hydropower projects.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and with wide stakeholders in the private/public sectors, NGOs, community based organisations and donors.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

Expected salary of USD 5,000 — 5,500 only per month consolidated depending on qualifications and experience.

Non-Kenyans are tax exempted.

The term of the job shall be to July 2011, with the possibility of extension.

Applicants should send a cover letter stating dearly their suitability for the position substantiated by past experience and a completed application form (available on the website), to reach the undersigned not later than 25th June, 2010 at the following contact address:

PMO Director,

East African Tea Trade Association — (GTIEA) Project,

P.O. Box 85174— 80100, Mombasa — Kenya

Tel.: +254-41-231941617 Fax: +254-41-2319417

Email: and/or


Only short-listed applicants shall be notified

UN climate change negotiations end with no answer to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

The UN climate change negotiations which ended yesterday in Bangkok have largely failed to deliver any substantive progress to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In a statement issued yesterday in Dar es Salaam, Saleemul Huq, senior fellow in the climate change group at the International Institute for Environment and Development, said the negotiations have also failed to transfer technology and finance from rich to poorer nations for adaptation and mitigation, leading to serious questions about the political commitment of the industrialized nations.

Huq, who is also a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said;

"Last month, President Obama, Prime Minister Gordon Brown and other leaders of industrialised nations all lined up to say how committed they were in tackling climate change and reaching an effective agreement on how to do this when UN negotiations end in Copenhagen in December."

"This gave the world high expectations for the international negotiation session that has run for the past two weeks in Bangkok," he added

"But it seems like the negotiators from industrialised nations either didn’t follow their leaders’ speeches or haven’t been receiving any new instructions because in virtually every aspect of the talks, there has been minimal progress of any substance," he said.

The G77/China group of 132 developing nations said that the EU is trying to "divide and conquer" developing nations and detract attention from their own broken promises.

There was virtually no progress on new targets for developed nations that are party to the Kyoto Protocol to cut their emissions, despite them being legally bound to agree new targets, he said.

The G77/China accuses the United States and the European Union of trying to kill the Kyoto Protocol, the only legal agreement that commits nations to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases. The EU as a party to the protocol is legally bound to agree new targets for a post-2012 period.

In the negotiations focusing on ways to tackle climate change by reducing deforestation, the European Union has removed a provision that would protect against the conversion of natural forests to plantations, threatening impact for biodiversity and forest-dependent people.

"One area of hope is that countries are now reaching agreement that adaptation is essential to protect people and economies in the developing nations," said Huq.

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change binds rich countries such as the United States and European Union member states to provide funding for developing nations to adapt and mitigate climate change.