Kulima prides itself on taking a gender-sensitive approach to all its assignments. Both Kulima directors have an academic background in gender: Katharine's PhD was on gendered vulnerability to climate change in Limpopo province, South Africa, and Tracy's honours thesis was on gender and local government in the city of Durban, South Africa.
We have been invited to give presentations on gender and climate change, and written a variety of publications around the importance of a gender-sensitive approach. Tracy was an invited panelist for Innovations in Engendering Climate Finance at the 2012 CIF Partnership Forum in Istanbul, Turkey. Katharine took particular responsibility for emphasising gender in the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, and both Katharine and Tracy ensured that gender was highlighted in the rural areas chapter of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report. Katharine was invited to write a background paper for the 2011 Human Development Report on "Sustaining equitable progress: Gender equality in the context of a changing climate".
Particular projects that we have undertaken with a gender focus include:
Engendering disaster risk reduction in Mozambique
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.
Training of WWF and Kenya Wildlife Service staff to undertake Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Assessments (CVCA)