Monthly Archives: June 2015

Kulima director in Southampton with the DECCMA northern team

Ganges deltaDr Katharine Vincent is at the University of Southampton this week to work with colleagues in the northern team of the DECCMA project. DEltas, vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration as an Adaptation 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; the Mahanadi; and the Volta. Kulima's involvement is to ensure gender is integrated throughout the project (from proposal development to analysis). The meeting will focus on activities for the upcoming whole consortium meeting in Ghana.

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Kulima director in Norwich to present DECCMA’s approach to gender

Women in IndiaDr Katharine Vincent is in Norwich this week to present DECCMA's approach to gender at a training course on "Researching Gender: Concepts and Methods" at the University of East Anglia. The training course runs regularly but has been customised for the various projects taking place within the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia programme. The DEltas, vulnerability and Climate Change; Migration as an Adaptation (DECCMA) project is working in three deltas: the Ganges-Meghna-Brahmaputra; the Mahanadi; and the Volta. The project recently published a working paper, written by Kulima, on DECCMA's Approach to the Incorporation of Gender.

Kulima director in Malawi to investigate adaptation planning and climate finance absorption capacity

river bank stabilisationDr Katharine Vincent is in Malawi this week to investigate the status of adaptation planning and climate finance absorption capacity as part of a project for the AU Specialist Agency, African Risk CapacityThe project, funded by Climate and Development Knowledge Network and undertaken in partnership with the Frankfurt School (UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance), is part of ARC's scoping for a new insurance product – the Extreme Climate Facility (XCF). XCF is intended to complement other climate finance mechanisms by funding adaptation and disaster risk reduction in participating countries. The project is assessing the state of adaptation planning and climate finance absoprtion capacity in seven African countries, including Malawi.

Kulima director in Lusaka for conclusion of climate risk planning assignment

NamupandeDr Katharine Vincent is in Lusaka this week to finalise the assignment on climate risk planning with the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience in Zambia. The purpose of this assignment has been to build capacity for climate risk planning within the 14 pilot districts of the Barotse sub-basin. As such, a training course was designed and run with Climate Risk Adaptation Facilitators and District Planning Officers in order to faciltiate gender-sensitive climate risk assessments in communities, and the identification and prioritisation of adaptation activities. Climate change awareness raising and sensitisation meetings were subsequently held in eight districts to raise awareness of the risk assessment process and mainstreaming of findings in development planning.