The populations of the low-lying atolls of Kiribati are threatened by climate change induced displacement.
How are we helping
Supporting the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations to shape policy so that it reflects the migration and climate change needs and priorities of local i-Kiribati communities.
About the project
It is well understood that climate change represents the most serious challenge to the future of Pacific Island countries, threatening the displacement of entire populations. Low-lying atolls such as Kiribati are among the countries most vulnerable to its adverse impacts.
The concept of ‘Migration with Dignity’ is at the heart of the i-Kiribati government’s long-term approach to climate-change relocation, who recognise that it is of critical importance to ensure that those that will be displaced or forced to migrate are able to do so safely and with dignity.
The Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO) will work closely with one of its members, the Kiribati Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (KANGO), in order to collaborate and dialogue with the i-Kiribati government and the Pacific Islands Forum to help shape policies that reflect the needs, priorities, and voices of local i-Kiribati communities on migration and climate change. This will involve community consultations to identify priorities, research into current policies and practices, capacity building of i-Kiribati civil society organisations to conduct advocacy training for local communities, the production of policy briefs and national policy dialogues between stakeholders.
As a result of the project, community-based organisations will be better informed on the needs and priorities of local communities; better equipped to conduct evidence-based advocacy; and better able to engage and influence policy. Most importantly, i-Kiribati communities will be in a better position to make more informed decisions on the issues of relocation whether internally or out of the country.
The Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO) is a regional coordinating body and network of umbrella NGO bodies in 24 Pacific Island countries and territories. PIANGO was established in 1991 in order to help initiate collective action by members, and give voice to their concerns working in partnership with others. PIANGO’s key focus areas are: 1. Strengthening CSO sector and enabling environment; 2. CSO accountability for development effectiveness; 3. Evidence based policy advocacy; 4. Pacific Development Leadership; and 5. CSO organisational strengthening. PIANGO plays an important role in helping to build the capacities of CSOs in the Pacific and in strengthening its partner networks.
Kiribati Association Non Governmental Organisation (KANGO) is the umbrella organisation of NGOs in Kiribati and is PIANGO’s national member in Kiribati. It serves as the main coordination body for CSOs and is recognized by government. Its key activities include representation on government bodies; and running training and awareness raising for its members. In November 2017, it convened a civil society roundtable dialogue with its 20 members, to initiate discussions on climate-induced displacement and migration in Kiribati. KANGO will be the implementing partner in Kiribati for the project. It will collaborate with other CSOs, and will be responsible for facilitating consultations and policy dialogues with the Kiribati government and local i-Kiribati communities.
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