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Kulima participating in leadership training for African Academy of Sciences Future Leaders (FLAIR) Fellows

Kulima and START are collaborating with the African Academy of Sciences to run science leadership training for the Future Leaders-Africa Independent Research (FLAIR) fellows. The training, taking place last week and this week online in a variety of sessions, addresses how to uncover and nurture innate leadership potential. This involves combining insights into personality and emotional intelligence and how these can be used to effectively communicate, negotiate, pitch, network with insights on managing research and developing effective research career strategies.  

Kulima director participated in Living Deltas annual meeting and presented on gender and adaptation at an international seminar on global environmental challenges

Dr Katharine Vincent was in Kolkata last week, with 3 purposes. First, she participated in the annual meeting of the Living Deltas UKRI-GRCF Research Hub, on which she sits on the advisory board. Second, she delivered a presentation on gender and adaptation at an international seminar on global environmental challenges at the Women's Christian College. Third, she visited the Sundarbans delta with DECCMA colleagues from Jadavpur University to finetune how to most effectively apply research findings to support women's adaptation to climate change.

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 director participated in gender and migration field school for the Western Indian Ocean Deltas Exchange and Research (WIoDER) network

In late May Dr Katharine Vincent participated in a gender and migration field school under the Western Indian Ocean Delta Exchange and Research (WIoDER) network. WIoDER is a network comprising four deltas in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagacar and has training of postgraduate students as a core aim. The gender and migration field school brought together Masters and PhD students from Kenya, Madagascar and Tanzania and provided classroom and field-based training in gender-sensitive participatory rural appraisal methods in the Rufiji delta, Tanzania. It formed part of a series of 5 thematic field schools, on livelihoods, biodiversity, mangroves and hydrology. 

Kulima director invited to take part in ASSAR project MOOC planning workshop

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week, participating in a workshop hosted by a project in the CARIAA programme, Adaptation to Climate Change in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASSAR). As a legacy of its learnings on ensuring research impact and research informing policy and practice, ASSAR Researh-into-Use partner, Oxfam, is leading the development of a Massive Open Online Course. Katharine will share insights from the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project.  

Kulima director in Zambia to train on mainstreaming climate resilience into Integrated Development Plans

training workshop in MonguDr Katharine Vincent is in Mongu in Zambia this week to run a training course on mainstreaming climate resilience into Integrated Development Plans. Integrated Development Plans are spatial planning documents lasting 10 years which are developed by all districts. As part of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience seven districts in Western Province, together with national and provincial planning staff from the Ministry of Local Government and Housing and the Ministry of Development Planning, are being trained on the process of mainstreaming climate resilience into the planning process. This follows on from earlier workshops to mainstream climate resilience into District and Ward Development Plans, and training on the process of Gender-sensitive Climate Risk Assessment.

Kulima director in Zambia to work with Pilot Program for Climate Resilience

PPCR bannerDr Katharine Vincent is in Lusaka this week as part of the climate risk assignment with Zambia's Pilot Program for Climate Resilience. She is attending the PPCR annual meeting in Siavonga and will be working with the national consultant. Their role is to design and deliver a training of trainers to the NGOs in the Barotse sub-basin. The NGOs will be responsible for facilitating gender-sensitive participatory vulnerability and risk assessments in communities, and the identification and prioritisation of adaptation activities for inclusion in local level development planning. 

Kulima runs training on gender-sensitive Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis in Mozambique

GCVCA trainingDr Katharine Vincent is in Maputo for the next two weeks to run two courses on the Gender-sensitive Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis (GCVCA) methodology for CARE's government and non-government partners. These training courses are part of the project Kulima is undertaking with CARE Mozambique on Engendering Disaster Risk Reduction in Mozambique. So far CARE's critically-acclaimed Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis toolkit has been modified to be more gender-sensitive. Training courses have been run in its use for CARE staff in Nampula and Maxixe, who have subsequently used the methodology in order to conduct gender-sensitive CVCAs in the districts to inform future programming. 

Kulima Director in Tunis to mainstream climate change in AfDB’s water and sanitation portfolio

African Development BankDr Katharine Vincent is in Tunis this week, working with the water and sanitation directorate at the African Development Bank to mainstream climate change into their portfolio. This assignment involves screening the current Africa-wide portfolio of water and sanitation projects for climate risks, and developing guidelines which must be followed in the development of future projects to ensure that their intended results will not be undermined by projected climate change, nor that they will inadvertently increase vulnerability. Training in the use of the developed guidelines will be provided to the relevant water and sanitation task managers at the end of the assignment.

Kulima supports GCVCA fieldwork in Angoche

leaky bucket-smallFollowing Kulima's training of staff in the new gender-sensitive Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis (GCVCA) methodology in August 2013, and then the facilitating of 2 planning workshops last month to design and prepare for the participatory research assessment, Dr Katharine Vincent is currently in Angoche to support the teams and provide technical backstopping as they undertake thir fieldwork for their GCVCAs as part of the BMZ-funded prroject on Engendering Disaster Risk Reduction.  In-keeping with CARE's other activities in Angoche, the assessments have been designed to provide inputs to ongoing programmes, namely CARE's Adaptation Learning Programme and the CARE-WWF Alliance 'Primeiras e Segundas' on conservation and development.