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Southern Voices on Climate Change
Capacity Building Programme

INFORSE continued to participate in the "Southern Voices" Programme to increase the capacity of NGOs to work on climate policies.
The Program's Phase 2 (2012-2014) was the continuation of the Phase 1 (2011-2012).

INFORSE South Asia was involved with the Coordinator, Raymond Myles, INSEDA, and INFORSE member organisations in the region.

INFORSE used the programme to:

  • Increase the networking among NGOs that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency for access to energy. This is important for the necessary introduction of sustainable and affordable access to energy for all. The networking shall help increasing the knowledge as well as the advocacy capacity of the NGOs to promote the sustainable energy solutions. If you want to be involved in the INFORSE contact list and/or network, please see here.
  • Collect and coordinate NGO positions on climate mitigation and how people and countries can participate while reducing poverty and improve their development. Positions and background material were developed to promote improved cooking stoves, solar dryers, sustainable villages, NGOs involvement.
  • Organise regional meetings of INFORSE members. There was a regional meeting in Sri Lanka in 2013.

    SV meeting INFORSE Sri Lanka 2013
    SV meeting INFORSE India 2013
  • Organise national activities in selected countries.
    There were national meetings in Sri Lanka organised by IDEA, in Bangladesh organised by Grameen Shakti, in Nepal organised by CRT, and in India organised by INSEDA, WAFD and AIWC.

    SV meeeting INFORSE Nepal 2014TSV meeting India INFORSE 2014

    In Bangladesh there was a video made to hear the "southern voices" of happy solar home users (PV) providing electricity to lamps, television and poultry shed.
    The video includes 2 interviews made with solar home system users.
    The video was made Grameen Shakti in the framework of the project.
    There is English subtitle.

  • Collect cases with good practices in promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency for increased energy access, both cases on policy initiatives and cases on actual better access to energy. The cases will be used for inspiration of NGOs as well as for advocating better conditions for the increased use sustainable energy to increase access to energy. See the publication Energy Access and Climate Protection Cases (December 2014 Update), and Energy Access Cases (2012).

    INFORSE Publication Energy Access and Climate
    - December, 2014
    Update of Publication:
    "Combining Energy Access and Climate Protection"

    - 4 June 2014, Bonn, Germany
    Launch of Publication at Bonn, UN Climate COP Pre-Conference
    - How energy can be provided with sustainable energy, reducing emissions and increasing well being", Cases in Asia and Africa. Compiled by the INFORSE members.

  • -18 November 2013

    Launch of Draft Publication at the UNFCCC COP19

    Download from: Publication (The full text as pdf is available).

For contacts to the Project, contact INFORSE Regional Coordinators and Focal Points, and INFORSE-South Asia.

The Programme is made by a consortium of five Danish NGOs, Climate Action Network and IIED. It is coordinated by CARE Denmark and funded by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA). INFORSE activities also include INFORSE-South Asia, INFORSE-Africa, INFORSE-Europe, and the Danish INFORSE member "Sustainable Energy".

30 October, 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark
Seminar: Learning from Southern Voices: How to make advocacy on climate change more effective.

Launch Publication: Climate Change Advocacy Tool
Toolkit 1: Start Here! Introducing Advocacy and the Climate Change Advocacy Toolkits
Toolkit 2: Planning Advocacy
Toolkit 3: Framing the Debate: Messages and Communication
Toolkit 4: Strengthening Advocacy Networks
Toolkit 5: Influencing Decision Makers
Toolkit 6: Engaging the Public
Toolkit 7: Engaging the Media
Toolkit 8: Supporting Local Voices
Toolkit 9: Policy Implementation & Finance

Read more:
- Program: Seminar, October 30, 2014
- Download Publication from: Climate Change Advocacy Toolkit

21 May, 2012, Bonn Germany
New report by the Southern Voices programme, involving INFORSE, Climate Action Network, CLACC and other networks:

Report Reveals Key Role for Civil Society in Policymaking in a Changing Climate
Press Release: pdf file (21 kB)

Download the Report from the Project's web site:

Read More on the Project:
"Southern Voices on Climate Change" Capacity Building Program in 2011-14 at
Southern Voices:
Partners of the project:

Activities since 2014:
The Southern Voices project in 2011-14, included networks working on both adaptation and mitigation activities. The NGO advocacy cooperation activities continued. In 2014, 2 new NGO Advocacy Cooperation projects started, one on adaptation and one on mitigation, and in 2015 another mitigation project started in South Asia. These are:

"Southern Voices on Adaptation
" Project in 2014-2016.
The Project is coordinated by CARE Denmark:

"Promoting Pro-Poor Low-Carbon Development Strategies" Project in 2014-2016.
The Project supports 13 national and 4 regional climate networks.

The Project is coordinated by the INFORSE member organisation SustainableEnergy (VedvarendeEnergi), Denmark.

"Evidence Based, Low Carbon, Pro-Poor Advocacy on Sustainable Eco-Village Development" Project in 2015-2017.
in South Asia. It is a cooperation with 6 INFORSE members in South Asia and CANSA.
The project is coordinated by DIB in Denmark, which is also INFORSE member.


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