Esperanza Karaho

Esperanza is a PlanAdapt Fellow based in Nairobi, Kenya.

She is an Environmental Planning & Management expert with 11 years of professional experience influencing policy and practice in Climate Change Governance, Resilience Planning, Climate Financing mechanisms, WASH, and Environmental Social Safeguards. She has worked with non-governmental organization, governments (both national and sub-national) and the private sector in Kenya and Zambia; among them Adaptation Consortium, WWF, IIED, HIVOS, Vitens Evides, and WSUP.

Her professional experience includes project management and technical support. Some of the programs Esperanza has engaged in include: Deepening Climate Finance Mechanism, to develop scalable framework for data-guided local climate financing, and development of a CCCF curriculum in Kenya; Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) programme, to assess governance and the technical functionality of the CCCF investments in Kenya; and most recently, in Voice for Just Climate Action program (VCA) to capacity build community on inclusivity and resilience planning, and develop climate finance mechanisms in Zambia.

She is currently working at Adaptation Consortium in Kenya, supporting the establishment of climate change governance structures and capacity building the staff and institutions on resilience planning, to facilitate the flow of climate finance to the community to fund locally-led actions.

Esperanza’s interests are in knowledge brokering, natural resource management, climate financing mechanisms and resilience planning.

Esperanza holds a Master of Arts in Environmental Planning and Management (University of Nairobi, Kenya) and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies (University of Nairobi, Kenya). She is a registered associate expert in Environmental Impacts Assessment and Environmental Audit, with the Environment Institute of Kenya.

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