New viewpoint published on the role of sovereign insurance in disaster risk management

Climate and Development has just published a viewpoint article entited "Sovereign insurance to incentivize the shift from disaster response to adaptation to climate change – African Risk Capacity's Extreme Climate Facility". The article, led by Kulima director Dr Katharine Vincent, arose out of project between Kulima and the Frankfurt School (UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance) that took place between 2015-16. The project developed criteria for evaluation of adaptation investment plans to be submitted by countries participating in a new sovereign climate insurance product under African Risk Capacity, the Extreme Climate Facility (XCF). The viewpoint argues that there is a role for leveraging private finance through insurance as part of the range of risk management strategies required to adapt to climate change.

Kulima director invited to take part in ASSAR project MOOC planning workshop

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week, participating in a workshop hosted by a project in the CARIAA programme, Adaptation to Climate Change in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASSAR). As a legacy of its learnings on ensuring research impact and research informing policy and practice, ASSAR Researh-into-Use partner, Oxfam, is leading the development of a Massive Open Online Course. Katharine will share insights from the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project.  

Kulima director participating in UMFULA writeshop on institutional responses to climate change

Dr Katharine Vincent is participating in a writeshop this week with her colleague on the UMFULA project (Future Climate For Africa programme), Dr Joanna Pardoe from the Grantham Research Institute for Climate and Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As part of the research into the use of climate information in decision-making, the UMFULA team has been investigating the institutional architecture around climate change in Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia. Additionally they have administered a survey to public sector staff in the three countries to investigate motivations and perceived agency to act on climate change issues. The writeshop will bring together some of these findings in two academic papers.

Kulima director participating in DECCMA whole consortium meeting in Dhaka

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Dhaka this week to participate in the whole consortium meeting of the DEltas, vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project. DECCMA is one project within the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia programme. It focuses on the extent to which, and circumstances under which, migration is, and may be, used as an adaptation in three deltas: the Ganges-Meghna-Brahmaputra and the Indian Bengal delta, the Mahanadi, and the Volta. Kulima's involvement is to ensure gender is integrated throughout the project, and to play a role in ensuring that research findings are effectively communicated beyond an academic audience. The meeting will bring together all consortium partners to assess progress and share information on emerging findings, and plan for the publication of data analysis to date. There will also be a stakeholder event to discuss findings with the General Economics Division of the Bangladesh Planning Commission, who handle the country's Delta Plan.

Kulima director in Dubai for meeting of the CARIAA research-into-use group

Dr Katharine Vincent is continuing the week in Dubai with a meeting of the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia programme research-into-use group. The meeting is attended by research impact and communications experts from the four CARIAA programmes that are investigating adaptation in different hotspots: HI-AWARE (snowpack river basins), ASSAR(semi-arid regions), PRISE (semi-arid economies) and DECCMA (deltas). The purpose is to develop impact-focused outputs that synthesis findings of the CARIAA programme on key themes. Katharine will be coordinating an output summarising migration findings from across Africa and Asia.

Kulima director participating in meeting of the CARIAA Gender and Equity Working Group

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Dubai this week to participate in a meeting of the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia programme Gender and Equity Working Group. The meeting brings together researchers from the four CARIAA programmes that are investigating adaptation in different hotspots: HI-AWARE (snowpack river basins), ASSAR(semi-arid regions), PRISE (semi-arid economies) and DECCMA (deltas). The purpose is to apply the Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) methodology to a variety of case studies from across Africa and Asia to determine what enables women's adaptive capacity. This will result in a synthesis paper, due in late 2018.

Happy holidays from Kulima Integrated Development Solutions


Katharine Vincent and Kulima associates would like to wish all their partners and colleagues Happy Holidays. The office of Kulima Integrated Development Solutions will remain open over the festive season, with the exception of public holidays. We look forward to working with you again in 2018.

Kulima investigating the development of Malawi’s National Resilience Strategy

Katharine Vincent, Diana Mataya and Dorothy Tembo-Nhlema are working with colleagues from the University of Leeds and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources to investigate the development of Malawi's National Resilience Strategy. The UMFULA project is looking at how decisions are made in order to identify how climate information may be used in the development of climate-resilient plans. The National Resilience Strategy in Malawi is a high level initiative that aims to bring together disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and social protection to reduce the negative impacts of extreme events, such as droughts and floods. A forthcoming paper will assess the political economy of the strategy, and the ways in which it can bring together disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. 

New paper on climate change and the water-energy-food nexus in Tanzania

paperThe journal Climate Policy has now published online a paper "Climate change and the water–energy–food nexus: insights from policy and practice in Tanzania". The paper, led by Joanna Pardoe from the London School of Economics and Political Science, with Declan Conway, Emilinah Namaganda, Katharine Vincent, Andy Dougill and Japhet Kashaigili, is an output of the Future Climate For Africa UMFULA project. The paper investigates how climate change is addressed in policy, how it is being mainstreamed into water, energy and agriculture sector policies, and the extent to which cross-sectoral links enable coordinated action. Whilst the agricultural and water sectors are increasingly integrating climate change, practical coordination remains relatively unsuccessful. Addressing the institutional barriers to coordination is important for coherent climate-resilient and sustainable development.


How can climate information build a resilient Malawi? Report published of a panel discussion on 2nd November

panel discussionOn 2nd November 2017, after the UMFULA annual meeting, a panel discussion co-hosted with the Civil Society Network on Climate Change and LUANAR was held in Lilongwe with the title "How can climate information build a resilient Malawi?"  UMFULA PI, Declan Conway (London School of Economics and Political Science), Director of the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services, Jolamu Nkhokwe and Deputy Director of the Environmental Affairs Department, Shamiso Najera, gave brief presentations. Responses were given by the panellists – Andy Dougill (University of Leeds), Elina Kululanga (Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services), Julius Ng'oma (Civil Society Network on Climate Change) and Sothini Nyirenda (UNDP) – before the floor was opened to questions from the 60 partcipants. A report of the proceeedings is now available.