Category Archives: Commentary

Building Resilience and Adapting to Climate Change in Malawi commemorates International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

The Building Resilience and Adapting to Climate Change programme in Malawi, in which Kulima is part of the Knowledge and Policy Hub, commemorated International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction last week by releasing a brief and other pieces. The brief, a joint output with the Civil Society Network on Climate Change (CISONECC), addresses "Why invest in resilience?" and consolidates existing evidence for the cost-effectiveness of investing in disaster risk reduction and resilience-building. This was accompanied by a blog on the CDKN website "Spotlight this Disaster Risk Reduction Day on Malawi" and opinion article in the Daily Times Malawi "Why Disaster Risk Reduction is more important than ever" – both of which highlight the need to finalise the DRM Bill and create a budget line for Disaster Risk Reduction in the country.  

“Addressing power imbalances in co-production” New comment in Nature Climate Change, led by Kulima

A new comment "Addressing power imbalances in co-production" has just been published in Nature Climate Change. The comment, led by Katharine Vincent with Suzanne Carter, Anna Steynor, Emma Visman and Katinka Lund Waagsaether, reflects on investigations into co-production in the Future Climate For Africa and WISER programmes. Co-production is an increasingly popular approach to knowledge generation encouraged by donors and research funders. However, power dynamics between institutions in the global North and South can, if not adequately managed, impede the effectiveness of co-production and pose risks for long-term sustainability.

Three new UMFULA blogs on the Future Climate For Africa website with inputs from Kulima

The Future Climate For Africa website features three blogs from the UMFULA project with inputs from Kulima. In "Lessons I took away from my first Adaptation Futures Conference" Dorothy Tembo-Nhlema reflects on what she learned at the meeting in Cape Town and its relevance for Malawi. In "Writeshops – key tools for generating outputs in international research projects" Joanna Pardoe (LSE), Katharine Vincent, Rebecka Henriksson Malinga (UKZN) and Neha Mittal (Leeds) reflect on the benefits of sitting together to work on a common output. In "What if applied research projects required a carbon budget, alongside a financial one?" Katharine Vincent considers one way of limiting carbon emissions in international projects.

New viewpoint published on the role of sovereign insurance in disaster risk management

Climate and Development has just published a viewpoint article entited "Sovereign insurance to incentivize the shift from disaster response to adaptation to climate change – African Risk Capacity's Extreme Climate Facility". The article, led by Kulima director Dr Katharine Vincent, arose out of project between Kulima and the Frankfurt School (UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance) that took place between 2015-16. The project developed criteria for evaluation of adaptation investment plans to be submitted by countries participating in a new sovereign climate insurance product under African Risk Capacity, the Extreme Climate Facility (XCF). The viewpoint argues that there is a role for leveraging private finance through insurance as part of the range of risk management strategies required to adapt to climate change.

How can climate information build a resilient Malawi? Report published of a panel discussion on 2nd November

panel discussionOn 2nd November 2017, after the UMFULA annual meeting, a panel discussion co-hosted with the Civil Society Network on Climate Change and LUANAR was held in Lilongwe with the title "How can climate information build a resilient Malawi?"  UMFULA PI, Declan Conway (London School of Economics and Political Science), Director of the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services, Jolamu Nkhokwe and Deputy Director of the Environmental Affairs Department, Shamiso Najera, gave brief presentations. Responses were given by the panellists – Andy Dougill (University of Leeds), Elina Kululanga (Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services), Julius Ng'oma (Civil Society Network on Climate Change) and Sothini Nyirenda (UNDP) – before the floor was opened to questions from the 60 partcipants. A report of the proceeedings is now available.

CSAG and Kulima publish blog on Communities of Practice

COPsThe Climate Systems Analysis Group (CSAG) and Kulima Integrated Development Solutions have published a blog on communities of practice. The project "Integrated Climate Change Modelling and Policy Linkages for Adaptive Planning" looked at certain projects within the IDRC-funded Climate Change and Water programme. As part of the aim to bridge the knowledge gap between scientists and policy-makers and planners, the blog investigates the circumstances under which communities of practice arise and, in particular, how donors might be able to support their development.

Source: CSAG


Kulima director presents at UNFCCC Adaptation Forum 2016

Adaptation ForumDr Katharine Vincent participated in the UNFCCC Adaptation Forum, held alongside the 2016 Adaptation Futures conference in Rotterdam. The theme of the forum was "Adaptation under the UNFCCC after the Paris Agreement". The purpose was to inform participants of the adaptation aspects of the Paris Agreement, and for the Adaptation Committee to receive inputs from participants on methods to monitor adaptation with respect to the agreement. Katharine gave a presentation entitled "What can be done to effectively and efficiently recognize the adaptation efforts that have been undertaken by developing countries?" The entire session of presentations and discussion is available to view here.


Kulima directors present at Africa Climate and Development Initiative seminar

Malawi gameboardToday Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull presented the finding of their Future Climate for Africa Malawi pilot case study findings at the Africa Climate and Development Initiative at the University of Cape Town. In the seminar they highlighted findings on the use of weather and climate information in medium term (5-40 year) decision-making in Malawi, and reflected on the methodology of national level workshops (reported elsewhere in a blog for the Climate and Development Knowledge Network).  Their presentation was followed by Dr Chris Jack from the Climate Systems Analyis Group, who compared and contrasted the co-exploration approach taken by their pilot case study, which compared the coastal cities of Accra (Ghana) and Maputo (Mozambique).

Kulima director publishes blog on IPCC for CDKN

Katharine Vincent at ACDI eventFollowing participation in a panel discussion at the African Climate and Development Initiative of lead authors after the release of the contribution of Working Group 2 (on Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation) to the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report, Dr Katharine Vincent wrote a blog which was published on CDKN's website.  Titled "Communicate both the IPCC findings and the process", in it she argues not only for improved communication of the findings and their implications for policy and practice, but also for critical discussions on the purpose, history and institutional structure of the IPCC, as well as the process for creating the assessment reports.  Since its release the WG2 Summary for Policymakers has been downloaded over 200,000 times.  Yesterday WG3 released its report on mitigation options.  The synthesis report, covering all three working groups, will be available in October 2014.

Kulima director attends IPCC SREX regional outreach meeting in South Africa

SREXMs Tracy Cull is currently in Centurion, South Africa, for a regional outreach meeting on the IPCC's Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.  The workshop is organised by the IPCC, Government of Norway and South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs and will be attended by policy-makers and practitioners from eastern and southern Africa.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss key findings of the report and their implication for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the region.