Climate Learning and Advocacy for Resilience (CLAR)
The project aims to increase the adaptive capacity and resilience of vulnerable communities to climate change impacts, risks and uncertainties building on existing programmes in targeted African countries in which CARE operates.
Throughout the implementation of the project, practitioners’ capacity to integrate climate resilience will be enhanced, including adaptive capacity, adaptation planning and user-centered climate services, in targeted sector-based programmes. This shall be achieved through (OBJ1) generation of new evidence and learning based on acquired good innovative good practices with impact in climate resilience, (OBJ2) improving capacity and influence of Civil Society Organisation (CSO) Networks in the global South on climate change adaptation and finance policies, plans and projects at various levels, (OBJ3) strengthening knowledge multi-stakeholder brokering and south-south cross-discipline learning and coordination.
Direct beneficiaries of this project include at least seven (7) practitioner organisations and programmes from CSO, non-profit organisations, local government actors, researchers, meteorological institutions and media operating in climate adaptation and resilience. In addition to these, at least seven (7) civil society organisations and networks CSO advocates will be supported to be able to engage actively in advocating for policies and climate finance mechanisms.
The indirect beneficiaries add up to (estimated) 2 million vulnerable people in targeted countries (Ghana, Mali, Niger and Chad, Ethiopia and Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique). Chad and Ethiopia are specific focus countries for CARE Austria’ work on climate change. Furthermore, indirect beneficiaries of South-South learning transfer reside in focus countries such as Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Nepal and Myanmar.
The project is co-financed by the Danish cooperation DANIDA and the Austrian ADA, respectively contributing for 82% and 18% of the total allocated budget, making CARE Denmark the main implementing partner.
The project objectives will be pursued through the accomplishment of the following activities:
(OBJ1) Technical assistance to programmes in selected countries and sub regions to effectively integrate gender-responsive climate resilience; facilitate linkages between programmes and organisations and national institutions; enhance programme capacity on adaptive capacity, adaptation planning and climate services; generate learning and evidence on climate resilience approaches (data, monitoring, impact assessments, Community Based Adaptation (CBA), reporting) including dissemination and documentation
(OBJ2) Develop campaigns with CSO networks to monitor and influence adaptation policies and finance; engage civil society partner networks in the Southern Voices adaptation advocacy community of practice to share lessons learned and best practices in different contexts on how to influence adaptation policies (such as National Adaptation Plans (NAP)) and adaptation finance; strengthen national civil society advocacy through provision of access to documentation/information, promotion of advocacy and monitoring tools, develop civil society capacity in adaptation advocacy practices; engage with UNFCCC, Green Climate Fund, NAP global network, SDGs, EU, Danish and Austrian governments.
(OBJ3) Support targeted sharing of learning and evidence at key events related to climate resilience globally, Africa wide and nationally; facilitate learning exchange platforms at different levels to broker knowledge; elaborate practical guidance for adaptation good practice and integrate climate resilience into programmes/sectors; wide dissemination also using online platforms and knowledge management systems; develop training, guidelines and facilitation and brokering skills.
The target countries are highly exposed to extreme weather phenomena driven by climate change such as droughts, floods and high temperatures that directly negatively impact on poor and climate-vulnerable groups who are lacking adaptive capacity, or the latter is already pushed to the limit to cope with changing conditions for crop and livestock production and suffer under higher food prices and, often in combination with conflict over land and water. Communities under pressure from multiple stresses including climate change see migration as an adaptation strategy, nevertheless the poorest and most vulnerable people become ‘trapped’. Communities and are in need to enhance their resilience and adaptation action. These conditions are amplifying inequalities and act as a threat multiplier under such fragile conditions, undermining achieved and future development results of existing efforts. For this reason, CLAR further action builds on these aiming at strengthening initiatives that are already in place within a common synergy perspective in response to the need of enhancing capacity, filling knowledge and advocacy gaps among practitioners and CSO.