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Kulima director in Southampton to work with the DECCMA team

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Southampton this week to work with the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) team. The aims of the visit are to assess and synthesis DECCMA findings on adaptation needs and practice in deltas. With the project drawing to a close in November, there are results from qualitative and quantitative research in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna, Indian Bengal, Mahanadi and Volta deltas. The intention is that these can inform a research agenda on adaptation, methodological approaches to adaptation, and elaborate what sustainable adaptation looks like in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals, Sendai Framework, and Paris Agreement.

Kulima director participating in writeshop for the DECCMA project

Dr Katharine Vincent is in the UK this week to participate in a writeshop. The writeshop is being held under the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project under the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA). Hosted by DECCMA lead, the University of Southampton, the writeshop convenes team members from the Northern, Ghana, India and Bangladesh teams to synthesise our findings on climate change, migration and adaptation in deltas based on research undertaken during the 4.5 year lifespan of the project.

DECCMA publishes new working paper on observed adaptations in deltas with input from Kulima

D6.1.1A review of observed adaptations in deltas has been published by the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) Adaptation team, which includes Dr Katharine Vincent. From a review of peer-reviewed literature the team found 122 documented adaptations: 93 from the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna; 15 from the Volta in Ghana, and 14 from the Mahanadi in India. The bulk of the adaptations are agriculture- and water-related. DECCMA is currently conducting a survey of 6000 households in the three deltas which will add to the evidence on adaptations.

DECCMA publishes review of adaptation finance initiatives by Kulima

DECCMA deltaDECCMA has published a scoping report of adaptation finance initiatives in Bangladesh, Ghana and India, authored by Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull. DEltas, vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) is one of four projects under the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia programme. A key component of the research is to investigate successful adaptation options in deltas. One of DECCMA's goals is to then support countries to develop proposals to international adaptation finance sources to further enable successful adaptation within the context of stated policies.

Kulima directors participating in DECCMA whole consortium meeting in the UK

DECCMA logoDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are in Southampton this week to participate in the whole consortium meeting of the DEltas, vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project. DECCMA is one project within the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia programme. It focuses on the extent to which, and circumstances under which, migration is, and may be, used as an adaptation in three deltas: the Ganges-Meghna-Brahmaputra, the Mahanadi, and the Volta. Kulima's involvement is to ensure gender is integrated throughout the project, and to play a role in ensuring that research findings are effectively communicated beyond an academic audience. The meeting will bring together all the consortium partners to assess progress and share information on emerging findings, as well as offer targeted training for next steps.

Kulima contributing to CARIAA-funded project on migration in deltas as adaptation to climate change

CARIAA logoKulima is proud to be part of one of the four consortia announced this week as successful under the IDRC– and DFID-funded Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA). CARIAA aims to improve the resilience of poor people to climate change in particular "hot spot" environments, namely semi-arid regions, glacier and snow pack-dependent river basins, and deltas. Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration as an Adaptation (DECCMA) is led by the University of Southampton (UK), Institute of Water and Flood Management at Bangadesh University of Technology and Engineering, Jadavpur University (India), National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Studies (Egypt) and the University of Ghana. Kulima will be integrating a gender perspective into the research agenda and policy engagement process, and developing adaptation funding proposals based on empirical project findings.

Kulima runs training of trainers on gender and climate change with CCAFS

Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull have just returned from India, where they ran a training of trainers (and oversaw a training course run by the trainers) on gender and climate change, in partnership with CCAFS. Potential trainers from India, Sri Lanka and Nepal attended the event, learning content on projected climate change in South Asia, its (gender-differentiated) impacts and adaptation options, as well as techniques to communicate this information to rural women farmers and village leaders. The ultimate aim is to empower women at the grassroots to understand that they are able to make choices that enable adaptation to climate change but require little financial or technological investment.  Katharine and Tracy authored a guest blog on the training for the CCAFS website.

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.