Social Accountability of Climate Change Adaptation

Wednesday14 May 2014, 13.00–15.30

 

DIIS, Danish Institute for International Studies

Main auditorium

Gl. Kalkbrænderi Vej 51A

2100 Copenhagen

 

 

Background

 

Experience with governance of rural development initiatives strongly suggests that strengthening the voices of citizens to  demand greater accountability and responsiveness from local government officials and service providers is required for assistance to be effective. However, many planned climate change programs are only upwards accountable to central ministries  and research institutions.

 

This seminar will explore the experience with social accountability of local government climate change adaptation in Africa. 

 

Understanding governance of climate change adaptation at the local government level is important, as institutions this
level are largely responsible for mediating between national policies and demands articulated from citizens. The seminar will draw on two sets of experiences.  Firstly, Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance (ACCRA) has worked in Ethiopia, Mozambique and Uganda with support for an approach called “Flexible and Forward-looking Decision Making”. Overseas Development Institute has been involved with ACCRA through action research.  Secondly, the Adaptation Learning Programme for Africa (ALP) is piloting community-based adaptation to climate change in Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique and Niger and generating learning for other practitioners, policy advocacy, and scaling up. A successful model of community-based adaptation is integration of community adaptation plans into District development plans in Ghana.

 

 

Speakers

 

Lindsey Jones, Research Fellow, ODI

Rolf Hernø, Programme Coordinator, CARE

Esbern Friis-Hansen, Senior Researcher, DIIS

 

Programme

 

13.00-13.10

Social Accountability of Climate Change Adaptation

 

Esbern Friis-Hansen, Senior Researcher, DIIS

 

 

13.10-13.45

Strengthening Adaptation Policies and Promoting Adapative Capacity at the Local Level:  Insights from the ACCRA

 

Lindsey Jones, Research Fellow, ODI

 

 

13.45-14.15

Integration of Community Adaptation Plans into District-level Planning: Experiences from the  Programme

 

Rolf Hernø, Programme Coordinator, CARE

 

 

14.15-14.30

Coffe and tea break

 

 

14.30-14.40

Comments by Danida

 

 

14.40-15.30

Open discussion

 

 

 

 

Practical information

 

The seminar will be in English.

 

Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use our online registration form no later than Tuesday, 13 May 2014 at 12.00 noon.

 

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