Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves: Submit Project Concepts for Humanitarian Clean Cooking Fund (HCCF)

Applications are open for “The Humanitarian Clean Cooking Fund (HCCF)”, which is a new grant fund established by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (Alliance) with support from the Norwegian Agency for International Development.

The HCCF’s primary objective is to increase access to cleaner fuels and more efficient cooking technologies among crisis-affected people through the scale-up of successful cooking interventions in humanitarian settings.

HCCF also aims to foster innovations in program design and increase investment in alternative fuels and cooking technologies, which will improve health, save lives, reduce costs, and promote safety among humanitarian populations. Deadline: 21 July 2017

UKAID Call for Proposals: Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) Round 3 - Tanzania

The Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) is seeking applications for its pilot and scale-up projects with an aim to identify and support innovative and market‐driven solutions that have the potential to create social impact in Education, Health and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) across Tanzania.

HDIF is a UKAID challenge fund programme managed by a Palladium Group‐ led consortium in Tanzania. HDIF works in close partnership with the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) to transform the innovation ecosystem by providing technical assistance and promoting active knowledge management and sharing. Deadline: 8 September 2017

7 Things You Need to Know AboutCclimate Risk Insurance

Photo by UN/Logan Abassi

1. Climate risk insurance is a practical and political solution

Climate risk insurance can help protect individuals, small businesses or entire countries from permanent damage caused by the impact of extreme weather events. In the short-term it can reduce the effect of natural disasters and, in the longer term, can contribute to preventive disaster risk reduction.

But climate risk insurance does not only have economic advantages. It is also a political tool that allows countries which are affected by climate change to become more independent; rather than waiting for months, or even longer for international aid to arrive, they are able to manage disaster risk themselves.


Early last month I wrote blog about My COP22 in Babayu Village, Dodoma, it was the time COP22 was about to start in Marrakech Morocco. I decided to miss Marrakech for good reason that I wanted to leave remarkable footprint to lives of people in Babayu for the memory of COP22 and Nov 19.

As seen on picture, water from Dundo Spring
I devoted my attention, time and power to peoples of Babayu where access to safe and clean water was a daytime dream, the dream that I and my gifted colleagues we agreed to make it true in November 2016. The village was established in 1970 and in 1973 was the last year for Babayers to get safe and clean water from tapes, since then they have been fetching their colored water from springs particularly one known as ‘Dundo’.


By Tajiel Urioh,

Is 65 kilometers from Dodoma Town Tanzania where I will have my COP22, The COP that will basically focus on Sustainable Development Goals, especially in all areas of 5Ps (People, Prosperity, Planet, Peace and Partnership). I will not be in Marrakesh, Morocco but I walk on implementation of some of best practices known on addressing and responding to climate variability and changes in Chemba District, Dodoma.

Again, this is November, my birthday month of which I want to leave a green and hope footprint to my people regarding solutions to climate variability and change related challenges.

With fund from UNDP Tanzania, I and my team we dedicate our November to transform lives of more than 500 households in Babayu, Chemba District by making a 1973 promise of water true in November 2016 during COP22. The people of Babayu get their water from a natural source, and local sand dams on dried seasonal water streams. The quality of that water is not good but also such sources are drying fast and population is growing so fast.
According to Elders from Babayu told me that in May 1973, Mwl JK Nyerere during opening of Village Dispensary He made a promise to this community that he clean and safe water will be available but delivery of such promise was not accomplished as per Babayers expectations. With spirit of changing lives of others, I’m leading a team that we are working on supplying clean and safe water to this community after drilling a deep borehole that will be powered by Solar Energy. 

Landmark Climate Change Agreement to Enter into Force

Over 55 Parties covering More Than 55 per cent of Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Ratify the Paris Climate Change Agreement

The UN’s top climate official today praised nations across the globe for acting swiftly to bring the landmark Paris Climate Change Agreement into force.

“This is a truly historic moment for people everywhere. The two key thresholds needed for the Paris Climate Change Agreement to become legal reality have now been met,” said Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

“The speed at which countries have made the Paris’s Agreement’s entry into force possible is unprecedented in recent experience of international agreements and is a powerful confirmation of the importance nations attach to combating climate change and realizing the multitude of opportunities inherent in the Paris Agreement,” she said.

In a statement issued before the threshold for ratification of the Paris Agreement was crossed, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: "Strong international support for the Paris Agreement entering into force is testament to the urgency for action, and reflects the consensus of governments that robust global cooperation is essential to meet the climate challenge."

Momentum for action under the Paris Agreement builds with Climate Change events in New York

New York City is a hotbed of climate action this week, with the UN hosting events to enhance the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The eighth annual Climate Week NYC is also being convened from 19-25 September, providing a collaborative space for climate events to support the Paris Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals.
On the 21 st September, 31 countries deposited their instruments of ratification at the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's special event to accelerate the entry into force of the historic Paris Agreement. 60 countries have now ratified the Agreement, which requires 55 countries representing 55% of greenhouse gas emissions to enter into force.

European Climate Diplomacy 2016 in Tanzania

To celebrate the European Climate Diplomacy Day, the Embassies of France and Germany, and the EU delegation organized a panel discussion on post-Cop 21 developments and their impacts on Tanzania, followed by a movie screening of “Tomorrow”, hosted by the Goethe Institut.

The Panel
 The panelists were : Hon. January Makamba, Minister for the Environment, Ms Adolphine Kateka, environmental economist working with the University of Dar es Salaam., M. Dennis Mwendwa, Director for the Oil, Natural Gas and Environmental Alliance (ONGEA) and Tajiel Urioh, Climate and Environmental Activist.

European Climate Diplomacy Day: EU and Tanzania Reinforce Partnership for Effective Climate Action

Wednesday, 14 September, 2016; Dar es Salaam: Yesterday, on the occasion of the European Climate Diplomacy Week (12-18 September), the Delegation of the European Union, the Embassy of France and the Embassy of Germany hosted a public screening of the award-winning documentary Demain/Tomorrow (Kesho), at the Goethe-Institut. The Minister of State, Vice President’s Office, Union and Environment, Hon. January Makamba, took part in the event together with the French Ambassador, H.E Mrs Malika Berak, the German Chargé d’Affaires, Mr John Reyels and the EU Chargé d’Affaires, Ms Luana Reale.

This was the premiere in Africa of Demain/Tomorrow, by Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent, winner of the César award of Best Documentary Film in 2016. This globetrotting documentary focuses on the people who are promoting new initiatives and innovative approaches in areas such as agriculture, energy, habitat, economy, education, democracy. A high-level panel, including Hon. Minister Makamba, Tajiel Urioh, Climate and Environmental Activist, Dennis Mwendwa, from the Oil, Natural Gas and Environmental Alliance (ONGEA), and Dr. Adolphine Kateka from the Centre for Climate Change, University of Dar es Salaam, discussed on areas prompted by the French Head of Cooperation, Mr Phillip Boncour, who moderated the discussions, and questions raised by the audience.
The Panel

European Climate Diplomacy Week: Public Movie Screening and Discussion with Minister Makamba

The German Embassy and the Goethe-Institut together with the EU Delegation and the French Embassy invited to a panel discussion with the Minister for the Environment as well as experts from academia, civil society and media. Afterwards the audience saw the Africa premiere of “Demain” , César award of Best Documentary Film 2016.

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