Category Archives: Short-term assignments

Kulima part of team presenting an initial cost estimate of South Africa’s National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy to a multi-stakeholder validation workshop

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Pretoria this week with colleagues from CowaterSogema to present their initial cost estimate for the implementation of South Africa's National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy to the a validation workshop of multiple stakeholders, including 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. After finalisation the initial cost estimate will have various purposes, including lobbying government to fund activities contained within it.

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.

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.

Kulima contributing to gender and climate change training in Botswana

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Gaborone this week, contributing to a day of training on gender and climate change. The workshop has been organised by the Botswana National Designated Authority, 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 project concept notes and proposals that are successful in receiving resources from the Green Climate Fund. Katharine will be outlining the Green Climate Fund's Gender Policy and Action Plan, and running interactive exercises to enable participants to identify opportunities to make climate change projects gender-responsive.

Kulima director running adaptation training with WWF in Nairobi

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Nairobi this week running training for WWF's Africa Adaptation Initiative. The training will bring together representatives of WWF offices and their civil society partners from across the continent, including Mozambique, Madagascar, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Cameroon, and DRC. In terms of content it will cover vulnerability risk assessments, mainstreaming climate change, identifying and selecting between adaptation options, and accessing adaptation finance. 

Kulima director participating in workshop on climate information for development

Cape TownDr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week for a workshop on communication, interpretation and use of climate information for development led by Professors Suraje Dessai (University of Leeds) and Coleen Vogel (University of the Witwatersrand). Katharine will act as a mentor alongside Drs Joe Daron, Admire Nyamwanza and Rachel James. The workshop brings together early career researchers from the UK and South Africa under the British Council Researcher Links programme, which aims to enable interaction, shared opportunities for learning, and the building of research links for future collaboration.

Kulima director in Stellenbosch for UNESCO MOST Sustainability School

Stellenbosch wine farmsDr Katharine Vincent is in Stellenbosch this week at the UNESCO Sustainability School. The school is part of UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations Programme, and is one of a number of such schools that has been held around the world. With the theme “Promoting Interdisciplinary research in project management, policy research and public policy development”, the school is bringing together researchers and government officials from across southern Africa at the Stellenbosch Sustainability Institute.  Katharine will be presenting on the importance of gender-responsiveness in sustainability for policy and practice.

Kulima paper on gender implications of the Paris Agreement to be presented in Marrakech

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Kulima has written an analysis paper and related briefing note on the gender implications of the Paris Agreement. The paper outlines how inclusion of gender issues has evolved through the UNFCCC international policy process, and then highlights “missed opportunities” for gender inclusion within the language of the major articles of the Paris Agreement text, and their implications. The paper has been produced for the African Working Group on Gender and Climate Change, with the support of IDRC. It was requested by the Women and Gender Programme on Climate Change, which falls under the auspices of the Committee of African Heads of State and Governments on Climate Change (CAHOSCC). The paper will form part of a presentation at a side event at COP 22 on 9th November, and subsequently to develop a strategic framework for action.

Kulima director attending Adaptation Futures conference in Rotterdam

adaptation futuresDr Katharine Vincent is in Rotterdam this week to participate in the Adaptation Futures conference. She will be presenting two papers.  One, entitled "Critical reflections on a co-production science-policy process: A case study from Malawi" will be in session SC 8.6 "Participatory processes and co-production of adaptation knowledge" on Tuesday 10th May from 1545-1730. This paper, co-authored with Professors Lindsay Stringer and Andy Dougill, as well as Tracy Cull and Diana Mataya, reports experiences to date with the FCFA pilot case study in Malawi and the current UMFULA project. The other, entitled "What can be done to effectively and efficiently recognize the adaptation efforts that have been undertaken by developing countries?" will be in session RT10 "Adaptation Forum" on Thursday 12th May from 1345-1530. It will outline potential methods to monitor adaptation efforts to inform the UNFCCC Adaptation Committee with respect to the Paris Agreement.

Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance releases report of meeting facilitated by Kulima

Mozambique workshopSave the Children UK, on behalf of the Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance (ACCRA), has released a report of a consortium partner workshop and stakeholder meeting held in October that were both facilited by Kulima. The consortium partner workshop brought together the NGOs involved in ACCRA in Mozambique to assess the progress that has been made with regard to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in the country, the current state of debates, and where and how the ACCRA members have been successful in contributing to progress. The stakeholder meeting fed back these results to a wider range of government and non-government partners. The purpose was to assess the future trajectory and what will need to be put in place to achieve the future visions for a climate-resilience Mozambique.