In this context, and with the objective to monitor and further reinforce government-led climate development interventions finance within the The Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL) framework in Gaza province, an EU HQ-based mission took place from May 16 to May 20, 2017 to evaluate the programmatic coherence and its associated efficiency and effectiveness in delivering climate-resilient development interventions. In this regard, special attention was addressed to ensure grounded local government ownership and accountability in planning, budgeting and financing climate-resilient infrastructure development.
Specifically, in the Massingir district in Gaza province, the first LoCAL capital grants to finance adaptation development infrastructure were initially piloted. Given the extreme and constantly changing climate conditions (i.e., droughts), water development infrastructure has been right on top of the local communities’ and government priorities in the planning exercise. For this, the district administration, in agreement with a local company, is in the process to finalize a $100,000 construction work which will provide water access to the communities’ district, benefitting a total number of 1,600 beneficiaries, out of which a total number of 802 women and 798 man. In addition, the water will be channeled to a local educational center where 124 students will have access to drinking water and, within the same infrastructure works, some of the water will be channeled to foster and secure local livelihoods by providing water access to livestock (approximately to 1,570 goats, sheep and swine), which shall contribute, in due course, to reinforced community-based income generating activities.
The ultimate objective of monitoring and evaluating the mid-term LoCAL programmatic implementation phase is addressed to identify potential programmatic bottlenecks and opportunities to further enhance local government systems and its associated decision-making processes to plan, budget and finance climate resilient development interventions.