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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.

SEED launches report of its South Africa symposium with inputs from Kulima

SEEDSymposium-KeyVisual_The SEED Initiative – Supporting Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Development – has launched the report of its 2014 South Africa Symposium, which was rapporteured by Kulima. The symposium took place in Pretoria in March 2014 and had the theme "Advancing the Green Economy: creating jobs and opportunities for innovative green enterprises". The conference addressed success factors of the growth of social and environmental entrepreneurship and also provided a discussion space for 6 priority areas for supporting the growth of social and environmental enterprises in South Africa: namely access to finance, capacity building, legal  issues, market information and access, the regulatory environment, and technology and innovation. A short video is also available which covers some of the solutions.

Kulima director participating in expert workshop on transdisciplinarity

UNESCODr Katharine Vincent is in Paris this week to participate in an expert workshop on transdisciplinarity convened by the International Social Science CouncilSTART Secretariat, International Council for Science and South Africa's National Research Foundation, hosted at UNESCO's global headquarters. Bringing together various people with different experiences in transdisciplinarity, the purpose of the workshop is to design a training programme on the approach for consideration by the Belmont Forum.

Kulima director in Zambia to integrate climate change and gender into economic policy research

Zambia bikesDr Katharine Vincent is currently in Lusaka, working with the DFID-funded Zambia Economic Advocacy Programme to identify opportunities to consider climate change and gender implications of planned economic policy research.  Zambia Economic Advocacy Programme is working with a number of Zambian economic policy research institutes to fund research that can inform economic policy, and advocacy for economic policy changes within the country.  Identifying think tanks and advocates for the research findings, including in the climate change and gender spheres, is another important component of the project. 

Kulima director attends IPCC SREX regional outreach meeting in South Africa

SREXMs Tracy Cull is currently in Centurion, South Africa, for a regional outreach meeting on the IPCC's Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.  The workshop is organised by the IPCC, Government of Norway and South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs and will be attended by policy-makers and practitioners from eastern and southern Africa.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss key findings of the report and their implication for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the region.