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 has launched the Adaptation Learning Programme (ALP) for Africa. Its overarching goal is to increase the capacity of vulnerable households in Sub-Saharan Africa to adapt to climate variability and change.
The target group is 40 local communities in exposed areas of Kenya, Niger, Ghana and Mozambique. The programme focuses on the most vulnerable socio-economic groups and will reach out to a total of 59,000 people.
– Develop and apply innovative approaches to Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) to generate best practice models;
– Empower local communities and civil society organisations to have a voice in decision-making on adaptation;
– Promote best practice models for CBA among adaptation practitioners; and
– Influence national, regional and international adaptation policies and plans.
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.
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.
Duration and budget
The programme runs for five years from 2010-2014 with a budget of DKK 66 million finansed through CARE Danmark by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DfID), The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.
The programme works in partnership with local civil society organisations and government institutions.
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