Kulima undertaking consultations with RECs to mainstream gender into DRR strategies

In the last two weeks, Dr Katharine Vincent has visited two of Africa's Regional Economic Commissions – the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Gaborone and the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja. The consultations took place as part of a World Bank-funded project led by Cowater Sogema to design Gender Strategies and Action Plans for disaster risk reduction in each region to ensure that ex-ante risk reduction and ex-post response and rehabilitation measures are gender-responsive. The purpose of the consultations was to undertake stakeholder mapping and design a consultation process and workplan to deliver the Gender Strategies and Action Plan.

Kulima participating in workshop on evolving regional climate information for decision-making

Dr Katharine Vincent is joining UMFULA PI Professor Declan Conway this week at a workshop in the UK to discuss advancing the development of regional climate information for decision-making. The workshop is convened by the Universities of Cape Town and Reading, together with the Walker Institute and DFID. The small group of particpants will seek to frame new research approaches that address the physical science and societal application in order to help inform
DFID and other relevant agency planning. Katharine and Declan will share insights and experiences based on UMFULA's work in improving the use of medium-term climate information in planning an decision-making in Malawi and Tanzania.

Kulima participating in annual review meeting for the UMFULA project

Dr Katharine Vincent is joining colleagues from the Uncertainty Reduction in Models for Understanding Development Applications (UMFULA) project today for the annual review of progress with funders DFID and NERC. The meeting is taking place with the lead institution, the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As it nears the end of its lifespan, UMFULA has undertaken novel research into decision-making processes and the institutional structures that government climate change policy in southern Africa, and supported decision-making under uncertainty in the water-energy-food nexus in Malawi and Tanzania.

Kulima part of team presenting an initial cost estimate of South Africa’s National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

Last week Dr Katharine Vincent and colleagues from CowaterSogema presented their initial cost estimate for the implementation of South Africa's National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy to the Department of Environmental Affairs. The aim of the costing exercise is to highlight the business case for investment in adaptation in South Africa, for use both within national government and to seek alternative sources of adaptation finance. The strategy has a 10 year lifespan as is due to be formally adopted in 2019. The team applied mixed methods (top down/parametric, bottom-up, analagous and expert-informed) to cost the strategic interventions. The next step is for the draft to be presented to a stakeholder workshop prior to finalisation.

Kulima participated in the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction to launch a project on mainstreaming gender into DRM plans

Dr Katharine Vincent was in Geneva last week, participating in the 4th World Reconstruction Conference as part of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. The event marked an opportunity to launch a new project that Katharine is undertaking with Cowater Sogema and the World Bank to support Regional Economic Commissions in Africa to mainstream gender into their disaster risk reduction. Over the coming months, Katharine will lead a team of female gender, disaster and resilience specialists to support the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to develop Gender Strategies and Action Plans that ensure disaster risk reduction activities are gender-responsive.

Kulima running training in Botswana on gender mainstreaming in climate change projects

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Gaborone this week, running a training course on gender mainstreaming in climate change projects for Forest Conservation Botswana. The workshop has been organised with the support of the Southern Africa Climate Finance Partnership (a programme supported by DFID and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation), and aims to build capacity to develop gender-responsive project concept notes and proposals that are successful in receiving resources from the Green Climate Fund. Katharine will be providing an introduction to gender and climate change, and then outlining the process of designing gender-responsive projects, including the gender assessment and gender action plan.

Kulima participating in CDKN Knowledge Accelerator lab with DECCMA Ghana team

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week, participating in a CDKN Knowledge Accelerator lab with the DECCMA Ghana team. The Knowledge Accelerator lab forms part of an initiative of CDKN to move "from knowledge to action" in selected African countries. Building on findings from 4.5 years of research on climate change, migration and adaptation in the Volta delta, the DECCMA Ghana team, led by the University of Ghana, submitted a project concept under the call on empowering women and transforming gender relations in the Volta delta, Ghana. The lab will provide the opportunity to further develop the concept into a proposal that supports a transition to gender-responsive adaptation in the delta. Katharine is a member of the multi-stakeholder team, which comprises researchers, policy-makers and practitioners.

Kulima running gender session at the Southern African Climate Finance Partnership regional learning forum

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Maun this week at the second regional learning forum of the Southern African Climate Finance Partnership (SACFP). Funded by the UK's Department For International Development and Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, SACFP is supporting Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe to develop country-owned and managed climate finance portfolios that can be financed through the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and other climate finance avenues. The Regional Learning Forum is an opportunity to share experiences and Katharine will run a session on developing gender-responsive proposals that meet the criteria in the GCF's Gender Policy. This follows on from earlier training in Botswana on gender and climate change.

New paper with inputs from Kulima “A framework to analyse the implications of coastal transformation on inclusive development”

A new paper "A framework to analyse the implications of coastal transformation on inclusive development" has just been made available online in the journal Environmental Science and Policy. The paper, led by Natalie Suckall with co-authors Emma L. Tompkins and Kulima director Dr Katharine Vincent, is an an output of the IDRC and DFID-funded Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project. The paper applies an analytical framework based on ideas of inclusive development (defined as Access to resources; Allocation of both resources and the impacts associated with climate change; and, individual Subjective Wellbeing) to three different types of coastal transformation (protect, accommodate, retreat). It highlights that coastal transformations have different effects on different people; and that winners and losers are determined by whose agenda is taken into account in planning the transformation. This insight reinforces the need for further research on the impacts of coastal transformation, as without due care, policies designed to generate transformation can generate significant losers.

Kulima participating in costing of South Africa’s National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

Dr Katharine Vincent is working as part of a team led by CowaterSogema to cost South Africa's National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (which also acts as the National Adaptation Plan under the UNFCCC). The aim of the costing exercise is to highlight the business case for investment in adaptation in South Africa, for use both within national government and to seek alternative sources of adaptation finance. The strategy has a 10 year lifespan as is due to be formally adopted in 2019. The team are applying mixed methods to cost the strategic interventions, which will then be presented to a stakeholder workshop prior to finalisation.