Category Archives: Short-term assignments

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.

Kulima director supporting gender training for CDKN in Cape Town

Cape Town city centreDr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week to support gender training for the Climate and Development Knowledge Network staff based at SouthSouthNorth. The training is being run by Dr Virginie le Masson from the Overseas Development Institute as part of an overall initiative to improve gender integration in CDKN programming. The focus is on raising awareness of gender and how it affects climate-compatible development (and thus should be intergrated within project design and development); as well as improving gender-sensitivity within the organisation itself, and its policies and procedures. 

Kulima director in Malawi to assess political economy of decision-making

aerial LilongweDr Katharine Vincent is in Malawi this week to assess the political economy of decision-making. This forms one component of a broader study that is investigating the potential to develop national resilience in Malawi, and is being led by LTS International. The other components are considering medium term growth plans, alternative energy, the economics of adaptation, agricultural growth, and social protection.

Kulima director participates in IPCC Expert Meeting on Climate Change, Food and Agriculture

kids in the fieldsDr Katharine Vincent is in Dublin this week to participate in the IPCC Expert Meeting on Climate Change, Food and Agriculture. She will be making a presentation on "Food production and food security" during a plenary session which gives an overview of food security. The expert meeting is being convened as a result of a decision by the IPCC bureau at its 40th session to consider existing information on the topic, and to recommend possible further action, including the options of producing a Technical Paper or Special Report, or to address the matter in the forthcoming assessment cycle. Katharine was also one of 13 members of the meeting's planning committee.

Kulima supporting WWF in analysis of climate change responses

two bridgesDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are supporting WWF in the analysis of climate change responses from grassroots communities in four African countries: Gabon, Madagascar, Tanzania and Uganda.  The primary research, comprising interviews and focus groups, was undertaken by various of the seven international conservation NGOs that make up the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG), supported by USAID.  Their interest is to determine the extent to which autonomous adaptation exists and what can be learnt from these responses for other communities.  A qualitative research protocol is also being developed in order to faciliate additional data collection and research on these themes.

(Photo: A flood-damaged and new bridge in Uganda, source – Nikhil Advani)

Kulima director in Leeds for ESRC seminar on climate change adaptation

Leeds seminarDr Katharine Vincent is currently in Leeds where she is participating in a seminar on climate change adaptation at the University of Leeds. The seminar forms part of an ESRC-funded series on "Interdisciplinary exchanges: Natural resource management in the 21st century" which is led by Dr Chasca Twyman from the University of Sheffield, and also includes the universities of Leeds and Newcastle. Katharine will be sharing her experiences of local adaptation from various countries in southern Africa, including South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia.