Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are currently in Durban for the Cities at Risk workshop, convened by START, ICSU and the new Future Earth research programme and hosted by the City of Durban/eThekwini Municipality. Attended by scientists, policy-makers and practitioners from across the African continent, the workshop intends to build on the experiences of START and its partners on urban vulnerability and adaptation in Asia and Africa to co-design a plan for short-, medium- and long-term research and capacity building in urban vulnerability and resilience on the African continent. Katharine will make a presentation on "Current and potential ramifications of climate variability and change in African cities", whilst Tracy will speak on "Gender aspects of urban vulnerability and resilience".
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An article written by Jaspreet Kindra and published today by IRIN cites Kulima and its involvement in the project on engendering disaster risk reduction with CARE in Mozambique. The article, entitled "Gender relations are changing along with climate", highlights how socio-cultural construction of gender roles (what is approrpiate behaviour for women and men) determines how disasters affect men and women, and how understanding the reasons for differential vulnerability is essential to design responses that enable both men and women to reduce their disaster risk.
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.
Following yesterday’s panel on engendering climate finance at the CIF Partnership Forum, at which Ms Tracy Cull was an invited speaker, media coverage of the event is now available through the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Earth Negotiations Bulletin. The 6th November event summary cites Tracy as “urging improving outreach to community groups; incorporating indigenous knowledge; and gender-sensitive training and workshops. She said adaptation can be as innovative and entrepreneurial as mitigation.” Other issues discussed included the possibility for small grants, using qualitative data, and showing that adaptation can be profitable.
Ms Tracy Cull participates in an expert panel on gender and climate finance at the CIF Partnership Forum in Istanbul
Ms Tracy Cull has been invited to be a guest speaker at a panel on “Innovations in Engendering Climate Finance”, taking place on 6th November at the Climate Investment Funds Partnership Forum in Istanbul, Turkey. The CIF Partnership Forum is an opportunity for sharing experiences and good practices in the implementation of all CIF programmes (on clean technology, forest investments, climate resilience and scaling up renewable energy in low income countries). The purpose of the panel discussion is to share and discuss experiences in mainstreaming gender at the operational level and to provide CIF teams and country partners with tools, resources and emerging practices for mainstreaming gender in their operations.
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.
FAO and Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (a research programme of CGIAR) have released a new training guide entitled “Gender and Climate Change Research in Agriculture and Food Security for Rural Development”, on which Kulima commented during its development. The manual sets out to provide users with resources and participatory action research tools for collecting, analyzing and sharing gender-sensitive information about agricultural communities, households and individuals who are facing climate changes. It then provides some techniques for understanding and promoting climate-smart agricultural techniques. Participants from Bangladesh, Ghana and Uganda have already been trained in the techniques and applied them in their own countries. Their experiences were recently reported in the CCAFS blog.
Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull have just returned from India, where they ran a training of trainers (and oversaw a training course run by the trainers) on gender and climate change, in partnership with CCAFS. Potential trainers from India, Sri Lanka and Nepal attended the event, learning content on projected climate change in South Asia, its (gender-differentiated) impacts and adaptation options, as well as techniques to communicate this information to rural women farmers and village leaders. The ultimate aim is to empower women at the grassroots to understand that they are able to make choices that enable adaptation to climate change but require little financial or technological investment. Katharine and Tracy authored a guest blog on the training for the CCAFS website.
Alertnet has just published an article by Katie Murray that was written following an interview with Dr Katharine Vincent. The article, in the Climate Conversations series, entitled “Tune climate policy to women for real change“, highlights the gender differences in climate change impacts and abilities to adapt. Women tend to rely on natural resources – such as farming, and collecting water and firewood – more than men, which means that climate change affects them more directly. The article highlights the capacity for women to be agents of change, provided they are given a voice in decision-making (both in the household and within government).
Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull have been invited to write the lead presentation for a side event of the Seventh African Development Forum on Climate Change and Social Development, held from 13-15th October in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The parallel event on Climate Change and Population, Health, Gender and Youth will take place on 11-13th October, and is led by the UN Economic Commission for Africa’s (UNECA) African Centre for Gender and Social Development (ACGSD).