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Africa Learning Forum on Adaptation (ALFA) 2017
March 21, 2017 - March 24, 2017
ALFA 2017, organised by CARE International’s Adaptation Learning Programme (ALP) together with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Africa Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), ENDA Energie and Climate Knowledge Brokers (CKB), will provide a platform for multi-actor learning and exchange on climate change adaptation knowledge, practice and capacity building in Africa. It aims to build connections and strengthen commitments to realise high-quality adaptation programmes and actions, which are supported by capacity building activities and which will result in long-term climate resilience in Africa’s vulnerable populations.
ALFA 2017 aims to support continuous adaptation learning in Africa, by working towards the following objectives:
- Turning adaptation knowledge into action: drawing from successful adaptation initiatives, knowledge and evidence, and analyses of drivers and barriers.
- Creating an African cadre of experts: exchange on adaptation learning, capacity building and training opportunities in Africa, their current and future potential for sustainability and up-scaling.
- Providing an enabling environment: exploring ideas for improved coordination, continuous learning, knowledge brokering and exchange related to adaptation decisions, capacity building and action.
Why this event?
Across Africa, the number of climate change adaptation-related research, capacity building and programming initiatives is growing in line with emerging needs, commitments laid out in the UNFCCC Paris Agreement, National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and the promise of adaptation finance through the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Adaptation Fund (AF), the Africa Climate Change Fund and other modalities. African universities and training institutes are developing centres and courses dedicated to climate change adaptation in response to the growing need for skills and knowledge.
The demand for capacity and expertise for designing, implementing and monitoring good quality adaptation programmes will continue to grow as African institutions gain accreditation for direct access to these funds. The accredited entities in Africa are sharing knowledge on requirements for access to finance in an increasing number of learning platforms and communities of practice. Still, opportunities to share information across disciplines, sectors and communities about what works and what does not in climate change adaptation remain limited.
Good adaptation practice requires flexibility and responsiveness, since climate change impacts are inherently unpredictable. Continuous learning and sharing of lessons learned are essential for achieving this flexibility, strengthening adaptive capacity and managing ongoing change.