Knowledge Sharing for Climate Change Adaption

AfricaAdapt Knowledge Sharing Innovation Fund (2009)

AfricaAdapt Knowledge Sharing Innovation Fund (2009)

Associated Organization: AfricaAdapt

Information on the winners of the AfricaAdapt Knowledge Sharing Innovation Fund for 2009

Themes: Crosscutting Issues

Regions: Central Africa, East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa

Countries: Angola, Cameroon, Chad, Ghana, Morocco, Senegal, Togo, Uganda

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Africa’s poor and vulnerable communities have first hand experience of climate change and are eager to learn more about what they should do to become climate resilient. However, these communities can be isolated from formal exchanges of knowledge on how to build resilience. AfricaAdapt’s new Knowledge Sharing Innovation Fund has been set to reverse this and has just announced the winners of its 2009 call. The winners are nine groundbreaking projects led by research groups, community-based organisations, co-operatives and other local institutions in close partnership with poor and hard-to reach communities. Each project will receive up to US$10,000 and pilot new practical ideas and strategies to promote valuable exchanges across stakeholder groups that have so far been working in isolation. These projects were selected from almost 500 applications from across the continent.

Why are communities so important? Marginalised and excluded communities will be hardest hit by current and future changes to the climate. However, they also have a wealth of experience both about the changes taking place and about how they have been adapting to them. The contribution of vulnerable communities to the exchange of knowledge on climate change in Africa is crucial to enhance the continent’s capacity to cope with climate change impacts. This is invaluable knowledge and know-how that needs to be recognised and shared. The projects supported by AfricaAdapt’s Knowledge Sharing Innovations Fund will test a information sharing model that could then be replicated.  A second round for Knowledge Sharing Innovation proposals will be announced in 2010.

The winning projects* Sharing community knowledge of climate change through oral histories in post-conflict Angola* Lukwanga community awareness creation on climate change adaptation using multimedia approaches* Climatic change awareness creation and adaptation for improved livelihoods among rural communities* Community-led response to climate change through communication, awareness creation and education* The Pygmies of eastern Cameroon face climate change* Radio Citizen Club "Strengthening citizen voice through community radio"* Using art, sports and culture in knowledge sharing for climate change adaptation in Togo * Knowledge sharing film on experiences of adapting to climate change in Chad Imagining and reuniting for adaptation in Morocco