In Kenya, the reality of this moment of global climate crises is particularly stark. Increased volatility and warming of the climate are causing severe drought and floods, agricultural crop failures leading to hunger and malnutrition, and loss of marine species on which communities and ecosystems depend. Despite Kenyan women being on the frontlines of these crises and thus ideally positioned to address them, their ability to participate in solution-building is stifled. Though a new Kenyan constitution passed in 2010 that provides a powerful framework for addressing gender equality, women in Kenya still have less access to education, social capital, and financial resources than their male counterparts to enact much-needed solutions to their country’s environmental challenges.

In recognition of the critical role that Kenyan women play in climate leadership, both nationally and internationally, and the acute support they need to grow their impact, we are launching the Kenya 2019 Women’s Earth Alliance Grassroots Accelerator.

Our Partner

WWANC

WWANC is a Kenyan NGO committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Kenya. With over 10 years of experience and deep local expertise, WWANC addresses critical issues affecting Kenyan women, youth, and children at the intersection of climate, environmental, health, women’s leadership, and economic well-being.

Rose Wamalwa

Rose Wamalwa is the Regional Lead for the 2019 Kenya Women's Earth Alliance Accelerator. She is the Founder and Director of WWANC and a committed champion of women’s climate leadership in Kenya and internationally.

AT A GLANCE

Kenyan agriculture is 98% rainfed and highly sensitive to changes in temperature and rainfall. Agriculture is the primary livelihood for 60% of Kenyans.*

In 2010 Kenya’s water availability per person was roughly half of the internationally acceptable annual threshold and is expected to fall to as low as one third by 2050.*

More than 80% of Kenya’s landmass is arid and semi-arid land. Droughts and floods cause annual economic losses estimated at 3% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and are expected to rise.*

This action-oriented Accelerator will convene a powerful group of women leaders who are out front – fiercely protecting our water, food, air, forests, land, sacred sites, indigenous lifeways, and future generations. By investing in women leaders to scale solutions for change, we are creating the conditions for an inclusive, safe, and thriving world.

 

 

Our Collective Impact:

Together we are committed to generating measurable and sustained improvements in our environment, economies, and communities by catalyzing women-led, grassroots solutions. The Accelerator will work with selected women climate leaders to:

  • Generate quantifiable impact in leaders’ projects that restore ecosystems, transform agriculture and food systems, build green economies, and protect people’s health, rights and safety
  • Grow public awareness and visibility for key environmental campaigns and causes via WEA’s international network
  • Bolster women’s environmental leadership nationally and internationally by strengthening women’s networks, spheres of influence, and access to resources

 

SELECTED LEADERS WILL ACCELERATE THE IMPACT OF THEIR EXISTING PROJECTS IN THESE INTERSECTIONAL AREAS AND BEYOND:

 

Through the Accelerator, Participants will gain: 

  • A comprehensive action plan to strengthen and scale their climate initiative that includes impact framework and metrics, strategy, timeline, and budget
  • A communications plan and media assets
  • A certificate in Women’s Climate Leadership
  • Alliance and relationship-building among a cohort of cutting-edge women leaders
  • Visibility within WEA and WWANC national and international networks
  • Ongoing mentorship and access to and input into both organizations’ resources, networks, and repository of best practices

 

The Accelerator includes: 

  • A week-long immersive experiential learning and knowledge-share program in Nairobi, Kenya with content offered by diverse experts on topics such as designing and measuring for impact, effective communication strategies, resource mobilization, coalition building, climate technologies, leadership, and self-care
  • Pre- and post-workshop group calls
  • Sector-specific working groups to dig deeper into climate technologies, networks, and communities of practice

 

Accelerator Participants are: 

  • Woman or woman-identified leaders at the forefront of a climate initiative that is creating deep and broad impact in their community, and, in some cases, nationwide
  • Active in non-profit leadership, grassroots advocacy, business, community organizing, or movement building
  • Actively engaged in and driving forward an initiative with a climate focus
  • Recognized by her peers as a leader in her issue area
  • In the process of scaling the impact of her work to create game-changing climate justice and impact
  • Skilled in building networks and forging diverse partnerships within her community
  • Committed to growing her capacity in order to advance her cause
  • Interested in engaging people across different cultural, faith, and belief traditions

 

In the face of environmental crises, the diverse solutions that women climate leaders deliver are critical to our survival. In response, the 2019 Kenya Women’s Earth Alliance Accelerator is designed for timely action and high impact.