Capacity Development to Support Planning and Decision Making for Climate Change Response in Kenya

  • Sheila Shefo MbiruEmail author
Part of the Climate Change Management book series (CCM)


Kenya’s Climate Change Act 2016, obligates national and sub-national governments to mainstream climate change responses into development planning, decision-making and implementation. To enhance the capacity of the public service to comprehensively address climate change challenges, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and relevant stakeholders developed a training program on “Climate Change Policy, Planning and Budgeting at National and County Level”. The program targets middle level managers and technical government officers involved in policy formulation, planning, budgeting and implementation of programs in sectors vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The paper presents the design and development process of the training program which was an iterative, multi-stakeholder consultative process. This includes the development of the curriculum and training manual and describes the inaugural training program where twenty seven national and sub-national government officers were successfully trained. The training program enhanced the capacities of national and sub-national government officers to understand climate change, its impacts and response actions and will enable them support planning and decision making for climate change response actions. This will form a significant contribution towards implementation of the Climate Change Act (2016) and Kenya’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). Experiences and lessons learnt will inform efforts to develop similar targeted climate change training program and contribute to capacity building efforts to improve climate change response.


Climate change Capacity development Training Kenya 



The financial support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) through the Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development (LECRD) Project and all the organisations and subject matter experts, too many to mention, are highly acknowledged for the successful design, development and implementation of the Climate Change Policy, Planning and Budgeting at National and County Level training program.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development (LECRD) Project, Project Officer—Knowledge Management and Capacity DevelopmentNairobiKenya

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