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Kulima and International Development conduct a third round of climate change training at the African Development Bank

Dr Katharine Vincent is again in Tunis where she is part of a team conducting climate change training at the African Development Bank.  The training, focusing on the impacts of climate change on energy and transport, forms part of a series that has been designed and run by Kulima and International Development East Anglia as part of a project to raise awareness of climate change and development issues among African Development Bank staff at a variety of levels.  The first set of trainings, for Executive Directors and Senior Managers, was held in October 2011.  The second set of trainings, for Managers, was held in January 2012 on climate change and agriculture and natural resources.

Kulima paper presented at Planet Under Pressure conference in London

Building on their recent collaborations, Kulima and CSIR are presenting a paper at this week’s Planet Under Pressure conference in London.  The paper, entitled “Bridging the Gap: Experiences of communicating climate information between producers and end-users in southern Africa”, highlights our experience in communicating information around climate change to humanitarian actors, through the development of a two-way dialogue highlighting needs and opportunities.  The paper forms part of a parallel session on “Making climate science useful: effective dialogue between climate scientists and humanitarian and development ‘end users'”.

FAO and CCAFS release gender, climate change and food security training guide, with Kulima inputs

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.

Kulima and International Development conduct climate change training at the African Development Bank

Dr Alec Joubert will be travelling to Tunis this week to conduct climate change training at the African Development Bank.  A one-day training will be held for Executive Directors on Thursday 13th October, followed by a half-day training for Senior Management on Friday 14th October.  The training has been designed and run by Kulima and International Development East Anglia as part of a project to raise awareness of climate change and development issues among African Development Bank staff at a variety of levels.

Kulima directors publish book review in Progress in Development Studies

Katharine Vincent and Tracy Cull wrote a review of the book “Portfolios of the Poor: How the world’s poor live on $2 a day”, which has been published in the latest issue of the journal Progress in Development Studies (volume 11, number 2, April 2011).

“Portfolios of the Poor”, by D. Collins, J. Morduch, S. Rutherford and O. Ruthven (2009) is a unique attempt to examine balance sheets and money management strategies of poor households in Bangladesh, India, and South Africa, based on an innovative technique called “financial diaries”, in which households are interviewed twice monthly over a two year period. The results have important implications for development policy and microfinance.