Empowerment for Climate Leadership

Empowerment for Climate Leadership

The Empowerment for Climate Leadership shall give opportunities for young participants to learn both – European and Southern perspectives on climate protection, climate policy and sustainable development.

"Empowerment for Climate Leadership"
The international online training course and exchange project “Empowerment for Climate Leadership” started in August 2017 under the slogan “Climate Resilience and Sustainability Young Leaders Training Course 2017/2018”. It is implemented by CAN Tanzania and Germanwatch e.V.. The goal is to empower young activists from Tanzania, India and Germany and to create an international exchange on climate protection and sustainable development.
On this page you can learn and read more about the project and the experiences of the participants

The project idea
The Empowerment for Climate Leadership (ECL) project gives young professionals the opportunity to get to know different perspectives on climate protection, climate policy and sustainable development – from the global South as well as the Global North. The overarching goal of the project is to strengthen young civil society actors in education and advocacy on climate resilience and to contribute to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process at the local and national levels; eventually also at the international level.

The program: Online training course & exchange phases
Throughout the “Climate Resilience and Sustainability - Young Leaders Training Course 2017/2018”, 24 participants complete 12 online modules together with a twinning partner from another country. That way, the participants extend their knowledge of the Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement on the one hand as well as their perspectives on different ways of action for a global sustainable development on the other hand.  Topics include the climate change science, international climate processes and policy, national/regional strategies for sustainability, energy and water sector transitions, intercultural learning, networking and communication.

In November 2017, the 24 participants had the opportunity to meet each other for three weeks in Bonn during the UN climate conference (COP23). In June 2018, the participants from Tanzania, India and Germany will meet again in Tanzania, visit different sites where consequences of the climate change become apparent and discuss adaptation and mitigation strategies with local experts.

The online course in combination with the six weeks of personal exchange provide the opportunity for the participants to exchange on different private and political options for action for aa global sustainable development.

Who is taking part?
The whole project is accompanied by an international advisory board including WESSA South Africa, CEE INDIA and ESD expert.net Germany together with the main project partners CAN Tanzania and Germanwatch. 

The 24 young activists (aged 20 to 30) who are already involved with civil society or youth organisations are the main actors for creating an effective exchange. Together with our colleagues at CAN Tanzania we are happy to provide the content of the online modules and the organzational framework for the exchange in order to create a great intercultural and transformative experience for all.


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ECL group in front of the MS Training Centre close to Arusha

Report of the Empowerment for Climate Leadership Program in Tanzania, June 2018

“If you are a wise person, you are a learner and an educator!” With this idea, the 3 weeks of exchange within the “Empowerment for Climate Leadership program” (ECL) started in Tanzania, June 2018. 24 young climate activists from India, Tanzania and Germany met there to work and exchange on different ways of implementing the SDGs and Agenda 2030 on local, regional and national level. Here, you find a short recap of some events in the very inspiring first half of the exchange organized by CAN Tanzania...

28. June 2018 · zuletzt geändert: 19. June 2018

Exchange projects as a chance for transformation

Blog post by Marie Heitfeld, May 2018

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Exchange projects as a chance for transformation

In 2017, Germanwatch e.V. initiated an international online training course and exchange project on Climate Action for 20 young professionals from India, Tanzania and Germany – the “Empowerment for Climate Leadership”-program (ECL). With this program, the Germanwatch team for Education for Sustainable Development offers a new educational format and represents a pilot project under the umbrella of the African-German Youth Initiative (AGYI) of the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).