Tag Archives: climate risk capacity building

How can we effectively build capacity to adapt to climate change? Insights from Malawi in a new paper led by Kulima

A paper "How can we effectively build capacity to adapt to climate change? Insights from Malawi" has just been published in the journal Climate and Development. The paper, led by Diana Mataya with Katharine Vincent and Andy Dougill, reflects on Diana's Masters research undertaken as part of the Future Climate For Africa UMFULA project. It highlights the complementary roles of long-term education and short-term training, and the underuse of methods such as action planning, on-the-job training and continued mentorship after training. Challenges that impede effective capacity building relate not only to training design and structure, but also the inadequacy of training needs assessments and the organizational structure in which trainees attempt to put their skills and knowledge into practice. The paper concludes that more rigorous coordination and monitoring of training efforts-and appropriate institutional support for action following training sessions are essential to enhance adaptation planning across sub-Saharan Africa.

Kulima begins supporting humanitarian organisations to use climate information in their programming

The SADC Climate Risk Capacity Building project, funded by USAID and implemented by CSIR, Kulima and the Climate Systems Analysis Group at the University of Cape Town, has recently been extended for a further 3 years.  As part of this project, Kulima will be working with a variety of humanitarian organisations in order to facilitate their use of climate information in decision-making.  RIACSO is a forum of UN agencies and NGOs, headed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, which supports SADC in emergency preparedness and response.  As they gear up for contingency planning for the 2011-12 summer season, Kulima has communicated the essence of a range of seasonal forecasts (from SARCOF, IRI and CSIR) and is currently facilitating a process of assessing potential risks and vulnerabilities, using this information.