I- First panel – climate finance for cities : a funders’ perspective
The first panel will be composed of funders and financiers which will present the options they offer to cities to fund their climate change action.
Panel discussion- one hour (including questions- 10 min)
The panel will be composed of :
- Felice Zaccheo, DG DEVCO
- Stefan Atchia, AfDB
- Anne Odic, AFD (TBC)
- Kobie Brand- ICLEI Africa
- Shirin Reuvers – CDP (TBC)
Facilitator: Durmish Guri, CEMR
Discussion with the room – 30 min
After the presentations, an interactive discussion with the room will be organised to address the following points:
- Understanding cities’ needs Which specific source of funding would cities need to finance their climate change planning and action?
- Access to existing climate finance mechanisms and funds To what extent have African cities been engaging with national and international funding institutions? What are the opportunities and challenges perceived by African cities to access these funds? How could cities be better prepared to access these funds? How funders could better adapt their conditions to cities’ needs?
II- Panel two : tackling climate finance at the city level
The second panel will be comprised of representatives of African and non-African municipalities, who have developed successful financial mechanisms or succeeded in accessing funding for their climate action. The objective is to showcase solutions developed by cities as well as to facilitate knowledge-sharing on best practices developed by cities in the field of climate finance.
Presentations : one hour (including 15 min questions)
- Raphael Edou, Cotonou, Benin
- Sebhatu Haileselassie, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- Doris Ombara, Kisumu, Kenya
- Facilitator: ICLEI Africa
Discussion with the room
- Exploring conditions and opportunities to replicate these good practices in other African countries. What were the enablers and barriers to these initiatives? What would be the advice of the panelists for cities willing to develop similar models?
- What role could international organisations, funders, banking institutions play to support these initiatives at the local level?