Kulima is running the first training of trainers course in Maputo this week on the new gender-sensitive Climate Vulnerability Capacity Analysis (GCVCA) toolkit, developed in conjunction with CARE Mozambique as part of the project on engendering disaster risk reduction. The course will be attended by CARE staff from Angoche and Homoine districts, as well as government representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry for Women and Social Action, National Disaster Management Institute and Ministry for the Coordination of Environmental Affairs. GCVCA is a participatory methodology that aims to empower communities as they identify the vulnerability and adaptive capacity of both men and women in the face of climate change, and will be used by CARE in projects in Angoche and Homoine throughout 2013.
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Kulima runs first training course on new gender-sensitive Climate Vulnerability Capacity Analysis methodology
Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull, in conjunction with co-authors Emma Archer van Garderen and Alex O. Awiti, have published a paper on writeshops in the latest issue of Environmental Development. The paper argues that writeshops, in which experienced published researchers provide mentorship and support to African academics to produce papers of suitable quality to succeed in the peer-review process, are essential to improve the outputs of African scholarship. The paper builds on Kulima's experience as mentors in the SEI-UNISDR series of writeshops in 2011.
Kulima Integrated Development Solutions has been chosen by CARE Mozambique as an implementing partner in a BMZ-funded project on engendering disaster risk reduction. Running until 2014, the project will develop new gender-sensitive vulnerability assessment methodologies and train personnel to facilitate their use in participatory vulnerability assessments in Homoine and Angoche districts. After field testing, refinements will be made and the final gender-sensitive toolkit will be used to advocate for gender-sensitive disaster risk reduction. Further training will also be conducted with national and local level government and civil society members in the hopes that gender-sensitive vulnerability approaches become standard in the future.
Kulima has been supporting CARE International in Mozambique to develop a project to engender disaster risk reduction in Mozambique. Mozambique has a world class policy and institutional framework for disaster risk reduction, and a very effective National Disaster Management Institute. At the national level, commitments have also been made to gender equality, but at the grassroots level women and girl children remain systematically disadvantaged. This project aims to give them a voice through developing a methodology for gender-sensitive community vulnerability and capacity assessments, based on CARE’s well-established CVCA toolkit, and identify gender-specific vulnerabilities that can be remedied by other CARE projects and programmes. The proposal for the 22-month project will be submitted to the German funder, BMZ.
CDKN launches “Managing Climate Extremes and Disasters: Lessons from the IPCC SREX Report” with comments from Kulima
In honour of the recent release of the IPCC’s Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX), the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) has launched a series of reports, “Managing Climate Extremes and Disasters: Lessons from the IPCC SREX Report” covering each of the Asia, Africa and Latin American and Caribbean regions. Dr Katharine Vincent provided comments on the draft of the Africa report, which aims to pull out state-of-the-art knowledge about current and future impacts of climate extremes, and options for dealing with them, for the benefit of policy-makers, media, businesses and civil society stakeholders.
Kulima presents at “Experience-based disaster risk reduction in southeast Africa and the southwest Indian Ocean islands”
Dr Katharine Vincent attended a workshop on “Experience-based disaster risk reduction in southeast Africa and the southwest Indian Ocean islands”, hosted by FAO and Care as part of the EU ECHO/DIPECHO food security disaster risk reduction project. Kulima was contracted earlier in 2011 to undertake a study of the sustainability of introducing early-maturing seeds as a food security disaster risk reduction intervention, involving field visits to Madagascar, Malawi and Mozambique. Katharine presented the findings of the study at the meeting. Over 80 people attended from the three focal countries, as well as elsewhere in the region, representing government, NGOs and UN agencies.
Kulima is collaborating with FAO to assess the sustainability of a project distributing short-cycle seeds in Madagascar, Mozambique and Malawi. The Food Security and Disaster Risk Reduction project, funded by the European Union (ECHO/DIPECHO) has distributed short-cycle seed varieties with the aim of improving food security in the context of exposure to floods and cyclones. In Madagascar, the X265 and “Mihary” rice varieties mature in 90 days, compared with 120 days for traditional seeds. This means that farmers can produce two crops per year, instead of just one, and the likelihood of crops being destroyed by cyclones just prior to harvest is reduced, thereby ensuring food security in the following season.
UNU-UNISDR-SEI Anglophone African Writeshop on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction
Dr Katharine Vincent and Tracy Cull will shortly be leaving for Accra, Ghana, where they will be acting as mentors at the UNU-UNISDR-SEI Anglophone African Writeshop. The event, which aims to assist African early career scholars, practitioners and policy-makers to produce a paper of sufficient quality for submission to a peer-review journal, will be attended by 25 participants selected from an applicant pool of over 70. Themes of the writeshop are climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.
Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull have just completed the fourth rollout of the University of the Witwatersrand’s short professional training course on Introduction to Vulnerability Risk Assessment in Johannesburg. The National Qualifications Foundation (NQF) Level 5-rated course was attended by over 20 vulnerability assessment professionals from various national and local government departments in South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Botswana, and Tanzania. Dr Alec Joubert made a guest presentation on the interpretation of seasonal forecasts and their use in disaster risk reduction. Course evaluations praised the interactive nature of the course, and the quality of training material and presentations. The course is next due to run on 11-15th April 2011, and more information is available on the Wits Enterprise website.