By Godwin Eki – EMTV News, Port Moresby
The United States Agency for International Development, through their Ready project, handed over an Organizational Assessment report to the Climate Change and Development Authority in Port Moresby yesterday (20 November, 2018).
CCDA is Papua New Guinea’s apex organization for coordinating Government’s climate resilience efforts and the country’s National Designated Authority for the Green Climate Fund.
The assessment conducted jointly by the CCDA and USAID identifies strengths and weaknesses in CCDA’s policies and procedures in areas that will enable it to effectively perform its functions as the National Designated Authority.
The joint organizational assessment is providing CCDA with the baseline information of their capacity to take on the roles and functions of the National Designated Authority.
This benefits them in planning and reconfiguring their organizational structure, how they conduct their business, and how they interact with stakeholders at every level. It will also improve their governance, programs and project approach, and their work efficiency and effectiveness.
Leavai says, many at times, financial backing is always the case when it comes to climate change.
USAID Ready Program has been actively working with the CCDA since 2016, to prepare an application for a K2 million Green Climate Fund Readiness and Preparatory Support Proposal, which the Green Climate Fund approved in December 2017.
He says staff education on climate change issues and rescue procedures are also important and community engagements are necessary.
Earlier this year USAID, in association with CCDA, supported the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat to organize and conduct a Melanesian Sub-Regional Private Sector Workshop.