Obed Koringo is the new facilitator covering the SVA-partner networks in Malawi, Ghana and Kenya. Obed is placed in Nairobi with the host organisation the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) – a coalition of civil society organisations in the African Continent.
Obed has previously been working for PACJA and has a long experience in climate change advocacy at national and international level and supporting civil society organisations and partners across networks. His latest job was as Programme Officer with the Kenya Climate Change Working Group (KCCWG) focusing on policy issues, coordinating climate change advocacy and adaptation projects. Obed has participated in the development of Kenya’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) as part of a taskforce, and promoted the adoption of the Climate Change Bill by the parliament in Kenya, among other national processes.
Obed is currently undertaking a Masters of Science degree in Project Management from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Nairobi. He holds a bachelors degree in Environmental Science from Kenyatta University. He has done research on underlying causes of deforestation for PACJA and has a vast knowledge on environment and climate change issues.
The regional facilitator in Latin America
Placed in Nicaragua, Alejandro Alemán Treminio will work as facilitator hosted by the Alexander von Humboldt Centre in Managua; Centro Humboldt is hosting the Latin American Sustainability Watch – network. Alejandro has previously been working for the Humboldt Centre as a Lobby and Advocacy Officer, and he has a long experience working with advocacy, coordination with governmental entities across Central America and supervision of projects related to climate change, adaptation, disaster risk reduction, REDD+ and the UNFCCC process. Alejandro is leaving a job with CARE - International in Central America.
Alejandro holds a Master in Political Economics with focus on International Economics and Sustainable Development.
What kind of work does the facilitator do?
As facilitators, Obed and Alejandro will work with their college Vositha Wijenayake, covering partner networks in Asia. Regional facilitators support partner-networks in promoting the Joint Principles for Adaptation in their advocacy for pro-poor adaptation.
Their key functions are:
- To support capacity building of partner networks:
The facilitators have a key role in guiding and assisting partner networks in developing advocacy strategies to achieve specific goals defined by the networks. This assistance also include helping the network to identify capacity-building needs, training but also track progress and review their future action plans.
- To help engage partner networks: cross-learning and knowledge management:
The facilitators support the exchange of experiences between the SVA-networks and cross-learning also between regions - for instance through global calls and workshops. The objective is to implement the JPA on a community level and also to document results from JPA advocacy activities, which will be shared among partners and used for further advocacy work.
- To represent and promote the Joint Principles of Adaptation in their region:
The facilitators will help to promote the JPA and experience of partner networks between regions and on an international level and have the responsibility to reach out to civil society actors and other relevant stakeholders in their regions.
Good-bye to Herbert and Tania
The regional facilitator positions were left vacant after goodbyes to Herbert Kwalukomo who was was Southern Voices facilitator in Africa since 2012, and Tania Guillén Bolaños regional facilitator for Latin America since 2014. Herbert wished to concentrate full-time on his work as Programme Director with Centre for Environmental Policies and Advocacy (CEPA), and Tania wished to pursue a Masters study at the Humboldt University in Germany.