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Kulima undertaking consultations to inform a Regional Strategy for Mainstreaming Gender in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation for IGAD

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Nairobi this week to undertake consultations with stakeholders to inform a Regional Strategy for Mainstreaming Gender in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) region. This follows on from a consultative dialogue that she facilitated last week, attended by the gender, DRM and CCA focal points from the majority of the IGAD member states. After Nairobi she will travel to Uganda to continue consultations there. The assignment, in partnership with Cowater International, is due to be complete by March 2020.

Kulima attending SADC workshop on disaster risk reduction

Dr Katharine Vincent was in Windhoek this week, attending a SADC workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction. During the workshop she presented plans to integrate gender into SADC's Disaster Risk Reduction Strategic Plan and Plan of Action 2018-30. This will take place as part of a World Bank-funded project led by Cowater Sogema, in which Katharine is the team leader. The purpose of the presentation was to gain feedback from member state DRR focal points and regional stakeholders into the planned approach, and start to identify priorities and examples of good practice of gender-responsive disaster risk reduction.

Kulima undertaking consultations with RECs to mainstream gender into DRR strategies

In the last two weeks, Dr Katharine Vincent has visited two of Africa's Regional Economic Commissions – the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Gaborone and the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja. The consultations took place as part of a World Bank-funded project led by Cowater Sogema to design Gender Strategies and Action Plans for disaster risk reduction in each region to ensure that ex-ante risk reduction and ex-post response and rehabilitation measures are gender-responsive. The purpose of the consultations was to undertake stakeholder mapping and design a consultation process and workplan to deliver the Gender Strategies and Action Plan.

Kulima participated in the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction to launch a project on mainstreaming gender into DRM plans

Dr Katharine Vincent was in Geneva last week, participating in the 4th World Reconstruction Conference as part of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. The event marked an opportunity to launch a new project that Katharine is undertaking with Cowater Sogema and the World Bank to support Regional Economic Commissions in Africa to mainstream gender into their disaster risk reduction. Over the coming months, Katharine will lead a team of female gender, disaster and resilience specialists to support the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to develop Gender Strategies and Action Plans that ensure disaster risk reduction activities are gender-responsive.

Kulima investigating the development of Malawi’s National Resilience Strategy

Katharine Vincent, Diana Mataya and Dorothy Tembo-Nhlema are working with colleagues from the University of Leeds and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources to investigate the development of Malawi's National Resilience Strategy. The UMFULA project is looking at how decisions are made in order to identify how climate information may be used in the development of climate-resilient plans. The National Resilience Strategy in Malawi is a high level initiative that aims to bring together disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and social protection to reduce the negative impacts of extreme events, such as droughts and floods. A forthcoming paper will assess the political economy of the strategy, and the ways in which it can bring together disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. 

CSIR and Kulima launch 2nd edition of Climate Risk and Vulnerability: A Handbook for Southern Africa

handbookThe Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and Kulima Integrated Development Solutions have today launched the second edition of "Climate Risk and Vulnerability: A Handbook for Southern Africa" (edited by Claire Davis-Reddy and Katharine Vincent). The handbook provides accessible and southern Africa-specific overview of evidence for climate change, projected future climates, potential impacts across sectors, and responses to reduce risk (adaptation and disaster risk reduction). The 202 page handbook serves as a comprehensive resource for climate and development practitioners, students, researchers, and policy-makers. A 28 page executive summary highlights key findings targeted at policy-makers and is available in English and Portuguese. A short video animation accompanies the handbook.

 

IFPRI and Kulima publish project note on seasonal forecasts in South Africa

IFPRI SAHEWS project noteThe International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Kulima Integrated Development Solutions have released a project note on "Improving effective use of seasonal forecasts in South Africa". This is an output of the "Southern Africa Hydro-Economy and Water Security" project, funded by the Belmont Forum's International Opportunities Fund. Together with partners from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the University of East Anglia's Water Security Research CentreSouth Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, and UEA's Climatic Research Unit, the note outlines ways of improving effectiveness of seasonal forecasts based on primary research with stakeholders in the water, agriculture and disaster preparedness and response sectors in South Africa. 

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 directors contributing to new SADC Climate Risk and Vulnerability handbook

SADC_R&V_handbookDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are working with CSIR to produce a second edition of the popular publication Climate Risk and Vulnerability: A handbook for southern Africa (also available in Portuguese). The first edition presented novel high resolution climate projections (produced through both statistical and dynamical downscaling), vulnerability, impacts and adaptation, including case studies from across the region. It was also used in customised training courses in Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe. The second edition will provided updated climate projections, sector-based impacts and responses, and new sections interrogating climate policy, the linkages between adaptation and disaster risk reduction, and climate finance opportunities. 

Kulima director in Zambia to assess adaptation planning and climate finance absorption capacity

Zambia flagDr Katharine Vincent is in Zambia this week to investigate the status of adaptation planning and climate finance absorption capacity as part of a project for the AU Specialist Agency, African Risk Capacity. The project, funded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network and undertaken in partnership with the Frankfurt School (UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance), is part of ARC's scoping for a new insurance product – the Extreme Climate Facility (XCF). XCF is intended to complement other climate finance mechanisms by funding adaptation and disaster risk reduction in participating countries. The project is assessing the state of adaptation planning and climate finance absorption capacity in seven African countries, and this visit follows earlier visits to Rwanda, Kenya and Malawi.