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Rockefeller convening presentation by RuFORUM's Prof. Adipala

Rockefeller convening presentation by RuFORUM's Prof. Adipala


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  • 1. CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND AFRICAN AGRICULTURE GRANTEE CONVENING 24-25 February 2011Project Name: Facilitating RUFORUM Universities to Access Climate Change Adaptation Funds and Training OpportunitiesGrantee : Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture Presenter : Prof Adipala Ekwamu 0
  • 2. Brief Background of the Institution• Regional Universities FORUM for Capacity Building in Agriculture• Consortium of 25 Universities in ECSA (15 countries)• Mandate of Supporting Postgraduate Training in Agriculture and Related Sciences – Competitive grants for research and MSc, PhD Training – Specialized Innovative Capacity Strengthening for member Universities – Advocacy for Agricultural Tertiary Education – Facilitating University Engagement with development Processes• Using Regional Approach 1
  • 3. Your other projects/programs on climate change adaptation• Climate change is the defining human development issue of our generation• African Universities have been slow to respond to climate change adaptation challenges despite the many emerging opportunities for capacity building and funding for climate change related initiatives.• Weaknesses in universities Strategy for CCA: – resource mobilization – networking – Curricula and curricula delivery – research agenda setting – staff capacity for climate change science – engagement with other development actors• Weaknesses are exacerbated by inherent limited capacities for climate change donor intelligences and lack of dynamic knowledge base of current and emerging funding agencies. 2
  • 4. RUFORUM DESIRE• Facilitate Member Universities to: – Design multi-year coordinated CCA research programmes; – Develop science-policy interfaces; – Ensure that the products of climate change research are scientifically credible, salient and legitimate; – Build lasting human and institutional capacity CCA; – Train graduate relevant to CCA needs of society; – Contribute to the global climate change knowledge – Empower communities to adapt to CC. 3
  • 5. Project Objectives and Outputs • Existing levels of CCA capacity and activities in Universities Objectives • Access to current and upcoming CCA funding and training opportunities • Awareness, Knowledge and Capacity • Database of Outputs University CCA Initiatives • Database of CCA training and funding opportunities • RUFORUM Coordi- Secretariat nation • 25 Member Universities 4
  • 6. Key Activities Related to the GrantObjective 1: Establish the existing levels of CCA capacityand activities in member Universities – Activity 1.1: Desk study for university gaps – Activity 1.2: Publish and share the output of the university level gap analysis.Objective 2: Facilitate RUFORUM member universities toaccess current and upcoming CCA funding and trainingopportunities – Activity 2.1: Construct and continuously update a database of current and emerging opportunities – Activity 2.2: Use RUFORUM existing network and link with development partners to facilitate access to the opportunities – Activity 2.3: Technical support and guidance to University CCA resource mobilization and leveraging training opportunities 5
  • 7. Highlight on the Progress to date •University Gap Analysis Done, Updating of1 database On-going • Hiring of technical Expert to Support University Resource Mobilization and2 Link to CCA Opportunities – In process: End of February 2011 • Donor and Training Opportunities landscape – ongoing3 • Already Access for some universities realized 6
  • 8. Early Results• Access to on-going RUFORUM Competitive Grants for CCA related research at Universities• Limited Access to African Climate Adaptation Opportunities • 12 Proposals sent from Member Universities to the START programme for CCA research; • African Climate Change Adaptation Fellowship Programmes – Active in three universities (Makerere, UNZA, Egerton), Preparation for Second face of fellowships underway; • Joint proposals targeting EU; IDRC; AU Research Call • New Grant from APPEAR – WATERCAP for two universities (Egerton and Makerere with partner in Austria – BOKU on CCA for Water Resources – coordinated at RUFORUM Secretariat – EURO – 400,000 starting April 1st 2011 • UNEP/Sida Funded Nile Basin Project to fund 7 University researchers (USD, 10,000.00) each to document CCA initiatives on water systems 7
  • 9. Key Challenges• Delayed Activities due to many externalities• Inequitable access to opportunities by all member Universities – few opportunities currently target Southern African Countries/Universities• Climate Science Capacity – limited collaboration and capacity to design competitive proposals from universities• Politicization of Climate Change Science• Overcrowded field where the “fittest” – civil society – survive by accessing funding and training 8
  • 10. Lessons Learnt• Universities are doing a lot on climate change adaptation but in a less coordinated manner• Leading to duplication and less cost-effective investment in climate change research• Existing curricular and research agenda out of tune with collaborative climate change research• The regional approach and networking delivers quickly on resource and training opportunity access 9
  • 11. Emerging Opportunities for Collaboration• Short term (workshops, training of trainers, certificate course and long term (MSc and PhD) training opportunities: 1. START - SysTem for Analysis Research and Training 2. Open Society Initiative (OSI) 3. African University Adaptation Training Grant 4. African Capacity Building Programme 5. Advancing Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation (ACCCA) and other projects 6. UN Initiatives on CCA capacity building• RUFORUM Network for Joint Actions, Knowledge Management and Lesson Learning Platforms• Advocacy among University Management (VCs are Board members)• CCA Resource Mobilization strategy 10
  • 12. Next steps• Exploring opportunities under: • The UNFCCC adaptation funding facilities including Adaptation Fund (AF), Adaptation to Climate Change Initiative, African Development Fund (ADF), etc • The Inter American Development Bank-Netherlands Water Partnership Program (INWAP) • Opportunities from development partners and other donor organizations including Global Environment Facility (GEF), IDRC, Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, USAID, etc • Climate Change Adaptation networks for small grants and capacity building e.g. African Climate Change Knowledge Network of COMESA, African Climate Change Fellowship Program of START. • Opportunities for partnerships and funding from civil society and private sector CC investment 11
  • 13. Thank you