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The Women Environmenr and Climate Action Network (WECAN) Training Centre

THE WOMEN ENVIRONMERT AND CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK (WECAN) CENTRE
“Investing in African Women’s Leadership for Climate Solutions”
The WECAN Centre is
• a Programme
• a Curriculum
• an Instruction &
• Delivery Network
The WECAN Centre is a joint initiative that equips grassroots African women leaders with technology training, business skills, networking support, and seed funding to launch income-generating climate change adaptation and mitigation projects across Africa.
The WECAN Centre is designed to move women and communities out of poverty by supporting women’s livelihoods with sustainable climate change adaptation and mitigation technologies and skills. The Centre equips African grassroots women leaders with climate change adaptation and mitigation technology training, business skills, networking support, and seed funding to launch viable community based adaptation and mitigation projects across Africa.
The Centre partners work to provide African women the opportunity to gain the skills, technologies, best practices, and support networks they need to launch income-generating sustainable climate change adaptation and mitigation projects in their communities.
The Centre is a collaborative venture among international organizations, each bringing a unique set of expertise. Their combined experiences, partnerships, and insights enhance each other’s ability to achieve broader impact.
THE PROGRAMME
The Mission of the WECAN Centre:
The Mission of the WECAN Centre is to build sustainable communities, relationships and self reliance to support grassroots women in technology transfer for climate change adaptation and mitigation measures across Africa.
The Goal of the WECAN Centre:
The Goal of the WECAN Centre is to facilitate and promote the awareness, appreciation, knowledge and stewardship of grassroots women in technology transfer for climate change adaptation and mitigation measures across Africa.

The WECAN Centre Core Beliefs:
Empowerment of Women Makes Local Work More Effective
Climate Change (CC) is a very serious threat to sustainable livelihoods and development and will endanger the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of African Countries. Combating climate change is directly linked to poverty eradication. Therefore, it is very important that a comprehensive 2012 post agreement is reached. Influencing climate change would require full commitment and action by both men and women
The most important measures to mitigate climate change will involve increasing the use of renewable energy, reforestation and halting of deforestation. Adapting to climate change will affect agriculture, food security and water management in both urban and rural communities of Africa. Regenerative ecological agriculture can also provide a good mitigation tool in Africa countries and other developing countries, women are traditionally responsible for performing these functions; in Africa it is estimate that 80 % of the food production is managed by women.
THE CURRICULUM:
The WECAN Centre Curriculum and Activity Guide is a collection of over 50 innovative, interdisciplinary activities that are hands-on, easy to use, promote sustainable development and resilient communities.
Designed with a commitment to state, provincial and national educational standards, WECAN Centre activities cover diverse topics and disciplines. The Guide addresses the following content areas. (One sample activity is summarized.
Project Description:
The WECAN Centre program consists of three main phases: Design, Training, and Implementation.

During the Design Phase, the WECAN Centre team:

Selects 30 Grassroots women participants in teams of two to participate in a 10 day workshop /conference
Customizes a training curriculum based on the specific adaptation or mitigation measures in the community represented
Engages selected participants in an information-gathering and preparation process through facilitated conference calls, web-based tools, and pre-training assignments
During the Training Phase, participants:

Attend a 10 day workshop/ conference to learn proven and appropriate climate change adaptation and mitigation technologies and business skills to address the climate related challenges in their communities
Receive training from highly-skilled African women trainers who specialize in the training topics
Gain the ability to
1) Design and implement a water service project from start to finish;
2) Create right livelihoods and teach others to do the same; and
3) Develop long-lasting support networks with other women climate change advocates under the Women Environment and Climate Action Network (WECAN)
Draft a project proposal and receive seed capital to launch a climate change adaptation or mitigation project in their communities.
During the Implementation Phase, the WECAN Centre team provides support to participants including:

On-the-ground site visits and refresher trainings
• Virtual web-based mechanisms for continued peer support
• Access to additional funding and private foundations
• Pairing with International Climate Action Peers (ICAPS specializing in issues of environment and climate change , policy and development
The Centre supports all participants to apply their training and draw upon their support network to launch climate change adaptation or mitigation projects that have the potential to be income-generating.
The Centre offers tangible support in the following ways:
• Refresher Courses in technology transfer, business development, action planning and leadership building
• Provides access to web-based technology
• Facilitates access to International Micro-lending Institutions
• Raises women’s visibility
• Trains and supports participants in using online communication forums where they workshop each other’s project proposals and exchange information and resources into the long-term.

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