Enabling research-to-policy dialogue for adaptation to climate change in Africa

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Climate is hardly a new factor in Africa’s history but with global warming the continent’s vulnerability is deepening making it the most exposed region in the world to the impact of climate change (World Bank 2006)

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Enabling research-to-policy dialogue for adaptation to climate change in Africa

  1. 1. AfricaInteract Enabling research-to-policy dialogue for adaptation to climate change in Africa By A. Jalloh, M. Dièye Faye, M. Maiga, S. Sanyang, A. Koné, G. Muluh, V. Mama, J. Kuiseu, F. Konu, H. Mogaka, M. Ndjatsana, A. Diouf, S. Hachigonta Presentation at the FARA side event on Climate smart agriculture Accra, Ghana – July 16, 2013
  2. 2. Presentation outline Introduction Strategic focus of AfricaInteract Implementation framework Objectives, Outputs Key activities and achievements
  3. 3. Introduction Climate is hardly a new factor in Africa’s history but with global warming the continent’s vulnerability is deepening making it the most exposed region in the world to the impact of climate change (World Bank 2006)
  4. 4. Background • While there is unequivocal evidence that the climate is changing, there is a lot of uncertainty regarding the pace and extent of change and its impacts on different sub-regions, sectors, nations, and communities. • This uncertainty makes policy decisions more complex and magnifies the need for Africa to build its knowledge and analytical base and to strengthen the capacity of institutions to address issues related to climate change.
  5. 5. Challenges in Policy Research • Producing the evidence to guide policy; • Engaging with the policy world to ensure that policy responds to the evidence; and • Understanding the real impacts of such policies and policy change. • A fourth challenge lies with policy makers providing a fast enough response to meet the urgency of the situation (Alliance of the CGIAR Centers, 2009).
  6. 6. Strategic focus of AfricaInteract • A virtual and physical space for a dynamic multi- stakeholder process that will facilitate interactions and knowledge flows among key stakeholders at both regional and continental levels with regard to climate change adaptation. Agriculture Health Water Urban
  7. 7. Objectives General: • Develop a platform for the effective and efficient transfer of information from researchers to policy makers, with the ultimate aim of enhancing the resilience of vulnerable populations Specific: • Promote and support effective documentation and sharing of information to improve climate change adaptation policy in Africa • Identify policy gaps, support related action research, and promote the integration of climate change research into development policies, strategies, programs and projects at continental and sub-regional levels
  8. 8. Continental Coverage
  9. 9. Model for facilitating interactions
  10. 10. Outputs Climate Change information and knowledge system improved and promoted Gaps in current knowledge on climate change policy research addressed Framework for discussions and development of climate change policy options established Capacity of sub-regional and continental decision- makers to articulate policy options for climate change adaptation strengthened
  11. 11. Key activities • Analyze gaps in relevant policy-options to enhance informed decision making for adaptation to climate change • Organize strategic workshops and round tables involving research scientists and decision-makers • Train target groups on key issues to enable them to effectively analyze climate change issues and negotiate effectively • Provide support for identified champions to attend international conferences and effectively articulate Africa’s position on climate change
  12. 12. Key achievements • More than 250 key stakeholders including policymakers, scientists, development workers and farmers linked At lest 50 high level decision makers/decision influencing positions have increased appreciation of the need for informed policy formulation More than 50 senior scientists in sub Saharan Africa have increased awareness and appreciation of the need for effective linkage with policy makers
  13. 13. Review of research and policy • A review of research and policy related to climate change adaptation in agriculture, health and urban areas with both water and gender as cross cutting issues undertaken in SSA. • The review provides relevant information and insights that can be used to improve evidence- based policy making aimed at improving livelihoods and protecting populations vulnerable to climate change.
  14. 14. THANK YOU/MERCI

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