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The National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND) on 25th January, 2018 launched a climate readiness project titled “supporting the implementation of Kenya’s National Green Economy Strategy through the development of low carbon projects and Resource Mobilization.” The project is supported by the African Development Bank under the African Climate Change Fund (ACCF). The project will focus on building Capacity of Ministry of Environment’s Resource Mobilization Committee (RMC) to develop bankable projects and develop investment ready projects and proposals for resource mobilization. It will also support development of 9 projects and facilitate resource mobilization for the same.


Key stakeholders during the launch of NETFUND climate readiness project at Intercontinental Hotel

Key stakeholders present during the launch included Africa Development Bank, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Food and Agriculture Organization, CIAT, Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Wildlife Service, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Biovision Africa Trust, International Center for Tropical Agriculture, National Treasury, The Nature Conservancy, Kenya Industrial Research Development Institute, United Nations Development Programme, Strathmore Energy Research Centre and United Nations Industrial Development Organization.

 
Delegates listening during the launch of NETFUND climate readiness project at Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi

The Principal Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Charles Sunkuli said that funding will be availed to support the project to bridge the funding deficit in the environment sector and reduce the carbon emissions by 25.4% of the abatement potential within the forestry sector. He further pointed out that the project will have a direct impact on agriculture as it is among the major four items identified by His Excellency the President, Uhuru Kenyatta as part of key development agenda in his last political term. “Partnership is commendable and is a way of leveraging on more funding opportunities involving environmental sustainability” Sunkuli said.

Secretary Administration, State Department of Environment & Forestry William Kiprono

Coordinator, Climate Change Directorate (MoEF), Engineer Omedi Jura, noted that the Climate Change Act of 2016 was a timely law that was passed at a time when Kenya is experiencing the adverse effects of global warming. “ We are working closely with institutions of learning especially the secondary schools which play a key role in developing innovations related to environmental sustainability and inform research in solving environmental issues” Jura said.

Engineer Omedi Jura addressing key stakeholders during the climate readiness project launch by NETFUND and ACCF

NETFUND Research Officer, Mike Okok, reiterated that there is a need to develop innovative and transformative programmes or projects to realize the aspirations of the Green Economy Strategy Implementation Plan (GESIP), National Adaptation Plan 2015-2030 and the Climate Change since dependence on national budgets alone is not adequate. Okok emphasized that the projects outputs will be to; enhance capacity of Resource Mobilization Committee, actualizing 9 projects in the areas of Climate Smart Agriculture, green innovations and Forestry. He further said that the project will be financed by the African Climate Change Fund (ACCF) to the tune of USD 550,603 and Government of Kenya amounting to USD 81,090.45 through the African Development Bank (AfDB). 

Michael Okok, NETFUND

The Kenyan government has developed robust policies and legislative frameworks which will contribute towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris Agreement. This is in line with vision of ACCF which seeks to support African countries to incorporate climate change in their growth strategies and policies by means of upstream diagnostics and providing robust technical support.

 

Our Mission

Empowering kenyans to sustainably manage the environment through promotion and support of green growth.

What We do

Incubation Phases

All incubation applications go through the awarding process. The incubation programme is delivered in phases.

The National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND) is a state corporation under the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities. NETFUND was established within the provisions of the Environmental Management and Coordination Act (EMCA) 1999 to facilitate research intended to further the requirements of environmental management, capacity building, environmental awards, environmental publications, scholarships and grants.

NETFUND is governed by a Board of Trustees (BoT) which is the highest decision making organ of the Fund. The BoT members are appointed by the Cabinet Secretary in charge of Environment.

The BoT is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the fund, organizational policy frameworks, oversight of the Fund’s assets and undertaking any other activities within the mandate of the organization. The day-to-day running of the organization is vested in the Chief Executive Officer who is supported by a dedicated and skilled team.

Strategic Direction

To support the development of 100 Green companies by 2025.

NETFUND Vision

A society empowered and motivated to sustainably manage the environment.

NETFUND Mission

Empowering Kenyans to sustainably manage the environment through promotion and support of green growth 

Core Values:

  • Passion: Belief in the difference our work makes that compels us to provide exceptional services.
  • Respect: Our esteem for our stakeholders makes us receptive and responsive to their needs and divergent opinions.
  • Stewardship: We manage all resources entrusted to us in a manner that creates the best value.

What we Believe:

• We believe that no one wants to destroy the environment willfully.
• We believe we can pursue development in a sustainable way while respecting the environment.
• We believe that everyone deserves an equal opportunity for business growth despite their economic status.

It is this belief system that informs our focus on Sustainable Livelihoods and Greening the Economy. We achieve this by stimulating solutions for and by the bottom of the pyramid in order to tackle environmental degradation, climate change and poverty while enhancing inclusive economic growth.

NETFUND Board of Trustees

 

 

Ms. Naumy Jeptanui, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees. 

Ms. Jeptanui is also a member of the Communication, Resource Mobilization and Technical Committee of the Board. 
Ms. Jeptanui is a result driven individual with more than 28 years of progressive experience in Kenya’s education sector. Currently, Ms. Jeptanui is a part time lecturer in the Department of Education Management, Policy & Curriculum Studies at Kenyatta University. Ms. Jeptanui holds a M. Ed in Planning & Economics of Education from Kenyatta University and currently pursuing a PhD in Planning & Economics of Education in the same University.

 

 

Dr. Ptoton Mnangat Brian,Trustee
 Dr. Mnangat has held various positions in academia. Currently, Dr. Mnangat is a member of the faculty in the Department of Physical sciences at Muranga University College (a constituent college of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology).
Dr. Mnangat holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Oxford (UK).

 

 

Mr. Ntwiga Wilberforce Muriungi, Trustee.
Mr. Ntwiga is also the Chairperson of the Finance, Human Resource and Administration Committee.
In the course of his career, Mr. Ntwiga has built synergy between County Governments, Ministries and relevant stakeholders in promoting agricultural value chains. He has progressive experience in project planning, implementation and monitoring & evaluation having worked with various corporations. 
Mr. Ntwiga holds a Master of Science in Agricultural and Rural Development from Kenya Methodist University.

 

Prof. Losenge Turoop, Trustee.
Prof. Losenge is also the Chair of the Communication, Resource Mobilization and Technical Committee of the Board. 
Prof. Losenge is a renowned Phytopathologist in Kenya. Widely published, Prof. Losenge is currently the Associate Dean in the Faculty of Agriculture at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. He is also the Chair to a successful resource mobilization committee at the university. 
Prof. Losenge holds a PhD in Phytopathology from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya.

 

NETFUND Senior Management

“I am excited to watch these green initiatives bridge the gap from product to great companies that are built to last”, Ms. Catherine Ndegwa, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary to the Board of Trustees. 
Catherine is the founding Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND. Under her leadership, the Fund has grown from one employee to a work force of over 30 staff occupying one and a half floors at Geomaps Centre in Upper Hill, Nairobi. 
At NETFUND, Catherine is responsible for strategy development and deployment, development and execution of policies and other governance procedures, creating a conducive culture, building the team, maintaining NETFUND strategic relationships as well as ensuring the overall success of NETFUND and its programs.

Under her leadership, the Fund has morphed into an independent environment organization with considerable funding from Swedish Development Agency, USAID, UNDP, IGAD, WWF among others. Since starting NETFUND, Catherine has seen the execution of several programs amongst them the flagship program, the NETFUND Green Innovations Award.

Previously, Catherine worked with the SOS Children’s Villages- Kenya as the Fundraising and Communication Manager. In the course of her career, Catherine has also lectured at the United States International University (USIU) and Daystar University.

Catherine is an alumna of the Kenya High School and holds a BA from Kenyatta University, MA in Communication from Daystar University and Executive MBA from Strathmore Business School

 

“Our financial prudence has amplified our impact at the grassroots”, Mr. Samson Toniok- Director, Finance.

Samson is the Director, Finance at the National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND).

At NETFUND, Samson is responsible for developing and implementing financial controls, financial reporting, IFRS, IPSAS, budgeting, payroll accounting, taxation, project accounting and financial management.

Since joining NETFUND, Samson has reorganized the budget formulation process; increasing the recurrent GoK funding by 156%. He also oversaw the automation of financial operations whilst strengthening compliance and internal controls. Under his watch, GoK and donor funds have been managed prudently.

Previously, Samson worked with Kenya Reinsurance Corporation. Samson holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting option) from the University of Nairobi and currently pursuing a Master of Science in Finance at the University of Nairobi. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-K), Investment and Securities Analyst (ISA) as well as a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK).

 

“At NETFUND, we pride ourselves in implementing projects that improve the livelihoods of our beneficiaries whilst sustainably managing the environment”, Ms Joy Juma – Director, Technical Services Department.
Joy is the Director, Technical Services Department at the National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND).

At NETFUND, Joy is responsible for planning, designing and coordinating the implementation of sustainable environmental management programs and monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of NETFUND’s interventions.

Since joining NETFUND, Joy has enhanced the design of the NETFUND Green Innovations Award, a flagship NETFUND program by the development of the Incubation Policy and Business Plan. Joy has played a key role in providing leadership in the development of NETFUND’s first incubates. Additionally, Joy has built the skills and abilities in the NETFUND project team to develop systems and structures for program design, development and implementation. Joy represents NETFUND in the global environment agenda.

Previously, Joy served as a Programme Manager with Flora and Fauna International. She holds an M.Phil in Conservation Leadership from the University of Cambridge, UK and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Kenyatta University.

 

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