Kulima Integrated Development Solutions is a boundary organisation working within the field of climate change. What this means is that we act as the interface between scientists and end-users, including policy-makers, practitioners and community members in both the public and private sectors). Our role is facilitating a two way dialogue which ensures, on the one hand, that end-user needs are identified and effectively communicated to scientists. On the other hand, Kulima works to make sure that relevant scientific information is communicated to end-users in a format that enables them to integrate it into their decision-making, and ultimately to adapt to climate change.
Kulima’s thematic areas of expertise include:
- Adaptation to climate change
- Vulnerability assessments
- Climate risk management
- Disaster risk reduction
- Food security
- Social protection
- Corporate sustainability
The methods through which Kulima fulfils its role as a boundary organisation include:
- Research and analysis
- Scoping studies
- Institutional and policy analysis
- Guidebooks and toolkits
- Training courses
- Facilitation of conferences and workshops.
The Directors of Kulima are Katharine Vincent and Tracy Cull. We have overlapping competencies and experience: Katharine’s expertise is in the social dimensions of climate change especially vulnerability, adaptation and institutions and governance; Tracy is a training specialist, who has extensive university lecturing experience, as well as being accomplished in the design of bespoke training products (courses and written materials) for a variety of audiences, around climate change in particular. Our focus is on southern and eastern Africa, but we have experience across the continent and internationally.