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Nowhere on the planet are people more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change than in sub-Saharan Africa. The continent is already prone to erratic rainfall, droughts, floods and cyclones, and climate change will only exacerbate these ongoing challenges. At the same time, Africa is grappling with the burden of poverty, environmental degradation, inequitable land rights, heavy reliance on the natural resource base for livelihoods, and the HIV&AIDS epidemic - all of which limit the ability of people and institutions to adapt to climate change.
Community-level research conducted by CARE in Africa indicates that climate change is already having significant impacts on food and income security, and that these impacts are particularly serious for women and other marginalized groups.
In response, CARE launched the Adaptation Learning Programme (ALP) for Africa in 2010. The programme is supported by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DfID), The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Austrian Development Cooperation. Its overarching goal is to increase the capacity of vulnerable households in Sub-Saharan Africa to adapt to climate variability and change. Towards this end, the ALP is:
• Developing and applying innovative approaches to Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) to generate best practice models;
• Empowering local communities and civil society organisations to have a voice in decision-making on adaptation;
• Promoting best practice models for CBA among adaptation practitioners; and
• Aiming to influence national, regional and international adaptation policies and plans.
Working in partnership with local civil society and government institutions, the ALP will be implemented in 40 communities across Ghana, Niger, Mozambique and Kenya. Learning from the programme will be shared with policymakers and adaptation practitioners across Africa and globally.
Gender equality and diversity constitute a particular focus for the ALP. Activities will be targeted to ensure that benefits reach people in the most vulnerable socio-economic groups, which will be identified through participatory analysis. The programme will promote the rights and responsibilities of men, women and others in adaptation activities. It will empower people in the most vulnerable socio-economic groups to take concrete action and to raise their voices in local, national and international planning and policymaking processes on adaptation.
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Latest ALP events
West Africa Learning Event
72 participants from a diverse range NGOs, research and Government organisations spanning across 12 West African countries came together in September at the West Africa Learning Event in Conotou, Benin, to confirm the urgent need for community based adaptation to respond to the adverse effects of climate change.
Hosted by CARE's Adaptation Learning Program in partnership with the CGIAR Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Program, this learning event provided a space for social learning on good adaptation practices. Participants collectively identified new knowledge and ideas about what it takes in practice to adapt to climate change impacts and risks in different West African contexts.
This communique, also available in French, is the collective product of these discussions, conveying strong messages on the the crucial need to develop effective adaptation practice and policies to secure livelihoods and realise resilient development and economic growth in the face of an uncertain and changing climate.
Recent ALP Publications
This short brief demonstrates how community based adaptation is an invaluable and essential component of the vision for resilience across Africa. The paper provides greater clarity on what CBA looks like and how it can add value to disaster risk reduction and sustainable development by drawing on the lessons learnt by ALP over the last four years across four countries and through demonstrating some practical approaches to CBA which can be adopted and scaled up.
A new report outlining the vulnerability and adaptive capacity of communities in Garissa county in north eastern Kenya based on participatory research conducted by ALP in 2011. The document explores the impact of climate change on the livelihoods of pastoral and agro-pastoral communities in the arid and semi arid lands and highlights the existing adaptive capacity within communities and the barriers which constrain people's ability to put this capacity into action.
New blog: East African Policymakers learn from Innovative Community Based Adaptation Strategies. Find out how a recent 'learning route' led by CARE and partners gave decision-makers new insights into the climate change challenges facing communities in Kenya. Read the blog here.
Joto Afrika is a series of briefings and resources about adapting to climate change in sub-saharan Africa. It helps people understand the issues, constraints and opportunities that poor people face in adapting to climate change and escaping poverty.
Communicating climate information in ways that users can understand and apply is a critical resource to support effective adaptation to climate change. This latest Joto Afrika issue (June 2013) shows how a range of programmes in Kenya, Niger and Ghana are developing approaches to incorporating communication of climate information into their work with farmers and pastoralists in climate vulnerable areas. This issue is also available in French.
This special issue looks at the experiences of communities who are adapting to a changing climate in Mozambique, Kenya, Niger and Ghana and considers a range of new and innovative approaches. These include farmer field schools in Mozambique, Community Adaptation Action Planning in Niger, the role of Community Monitors in adaptation in Ghana and women's voices on vulnerability, resilience and climate change.
This brief explains how the PSP process works and it is enabling vulnerable communities to make decisions which support climate resilient livelihoods and risk reduction. This document is also available in French and Portuguese.
This brief introduces research conducted by the UK economics think tank nef (new economics foundation) on behalf of CARE International in Garissa County in Kenya which found that, investing in community based adaptation makes strong economic sense, even in a volatile and evolving economic context. This document is also available in French and Portuguese.
Other ALP Resources
- Learning event communiqué: Gender & CBA in Africa