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Kulima contributing to African Risk Capacity new climate insurance product design

burnt maizeDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull, together with the Frankfurt School (UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance), are developing criteria for evaluation of adaptation investment plans that will be submitted by countries participating in a new sovereign climate insurance product. The Extreme Climate Facility (XCF) is being developed by African Risk Capacity to support national level adaptation and disaster risk planning based on a payout trigger that will likely be variation of a 5 year average relative to long-term mean climate conditions. The Climate and Development Knowledge Network have been supporting the project, which has assessed the current state of adaptation planning in seven African countries, including Malawi, Kenya, Rwanda and Zambia. The purpose has been to develop robust, yet realistic, financial and project management criteria, and sound adaptation principles against which submitted investment plans will be evaluated. 

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.

Second Climate Change Adaptation in Africa Learning Forum in Dakar

Dr Katharine Vincent has just returned from the second learning forum of the Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (CCAA) Programme.  The CCAA programme is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and has been in operation since 2006.  It supports a portfolio of 43 research projects across the continent carried out by African institutions, focusing on the use of participatory action research to simultaneously support adaptation to climate change and strengthen the capacity of African scientists and decision-makers to develop and implement sustainable solutions to respond to climate change.

As the evidence generated from the various projects is growing, CCAA is organising a series of learning fora, with the intention of allowing project teams to reflect on the emerging contributions of their research findings towards various topical debates within adaptation.  The second learning forum, held in Dakar, Senegal, focused on the contribution that adaptation activities make to poverty reduction.  Katharine was contracted to be one of two scientific editors, responsible for synthesising the empirical findings of projects relating to the mechanisms through which adaptation measures can contribute to improving the lives of the poor.

It is anticipated that the final report will be released in early 2011.