Category Archives: Training

Kulima director attending Future Climate For Africa conference in Cape Town

Cape TownDr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week, participating in the Future Climate For Africa (FCFA) conference. The conference will bring together representatives of the five projects under FCFA: IMPALA, AMMA-2050, Hy-CRISTAL, FRACTAL and UMFULA. On behalf of UMFULA Katharine will be facilitating a session on co-production with Anna Steynor from FRACTAL. She will also be presenting a poster "From a clean slate to multiple options: eliciting climate information in Malawi". The conference is followed by a workshop for early career researchers, in which Katharine will be leading a session on "Communicating Climate Research Findings".

Kulima director in Zambia to finalise mainstreaming of climate resilience into Integrated Development Plans

Sioma climate profileDr Katharine Vincent is in Zambia supporting district teams in mainstreaming climate resilience into Integrated Development Plans. As part of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience, seven districts in Western Province, together with national and provincial planning staff from the Ministries of Local Government and National Development Planning, have been trained on the process of mainstreaming climate resilience into the planning process. Technical support has also been provided to Mongu, Limulunga, Sesheke, Mwandi, Mulobezi, Senanga and Sioma districts in mainstreaming climate resilience into their Integrated Development Plans. This follows on from earlier workshops to mainstream climate resilience into District and Ward Development Plans, and training on the process of Gender-sensitive Climate Risk Assessment.

Kulima director in Zambia to train on mainstreaming climate resilience into Integrated Development Plans

training workshop in MonguDr Katharine Vincent is in Mongu in Zambia this week to run a training course on mainstreaming climate resilience into Integrated Development Plans. Integrated Development Plans are spatial planning documents lasting 10 years which are developed by all districts. As part of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience seven districts in Western Province, together with national and provincial planning staff from the Ministry of Local Government and Housing and the Ministry of Development Planning, are being trained on the process of mainstreaming climate resilience into the planning process. This follows on from earlier workshops to mainstream climate resilience into District and Ward Development Plans, and training on the process of Gender-sensitive Climate Risk Assessment.

Kulima director running climate resilience mainstreaming workshops in Zambia

mainstreaming workshopDr Katharine Vincent is in Zambia at the moment to run a series of climate resilience mainstreaming workshops. 14 districts in the Western and Southern provinces, forming part of the Barotse sub-basin of the Zambezi river, are mainstreaming their District and Ward Development Plans for climate resilience. Once this is complete, they will be able to apply for adaptation grants from the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience to support implementation of their activities. Demonstration workshops have been run for Kaoma, Nalolo and Sioma districts; and Simakumba, Muoyo and Mbeta wards.

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 director in Zambia to start process of mainstreaming development plans

groupworkDr Katharine Vincent is in Lusaka this week to work with the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience in the process of mainstreaming climate resilience into development plans. In 2015, working with a local consultant, she trained Climate Resilience and Adaptation Facilitators in the process of undertaking gender-sensitive climate risk assessments in communities. This assignment looks to create a supportive institutional and planning framework for climate resilience. Guidelines for mainstreaming climate resilience into development plans will be produced, and the process of mainstreaming selected District Development Plans and Integrated Development Plans in the Barotse floodplain will be undertaken in 2017.

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 participating in DECCMA whole consortium meeting in Ghana

Accra coastDr Katharine Vincent is in Accra this week to participate in the whole consortium meeting of DEltas, vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration as an Adaptation (DECCMA) project. DECCMA 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-Brahmaputre; the Mahanadi; and the Volta. Kulima's involvement is to ensure gender is integrated throughout the project. The meeting will bring together all consortium partners to assess progress and share information on emerging findings, as well as offer targeted training for next steps.

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 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.