The African Climate Change Fellowship Program Phase III
Climate change and climate variability are significantly impeding development in Africa. The Economic Commission for Africa argues that scientists and policymakers must learn to better manage climate risks and to integrate climate change considerations into future development strategies. To do so, scientists and policymakers must develop deeper knowledge and capacity in the area of climate change science. This project will address those gaps to help reduce Africa's vulnerability to the adverse impacts of climate change. The African Climate Change Fellowship Program Phase III (ACCFP) will offer learning, research, and training opportunities to African professionals, researchers, and graduate students. The program's goal is to advance scientific knowledge that can inform climate adaptation planning and policy in Africa. The project will support three strategic actions. The program team will: -synthesize, publish, and communicate research findings from earlier phases; -design and offer fellowships based on four research themes: climate change and water, climate change and gender, climate change and green growth, and economic analysis of adaptation; and, -incorporate the fellowship program into the offerings of the Institute of Resource Assessment at the University of Dar es Salaam for long-term sustainability. Expected results include: -30 African experts in climate change science, policy, and teaching; -journal articles and thematic synthesis papers; and, -empirical evidence to guide adaptation planning and policy in Africa. The program will link the existing network of fellows, alumni, and participating organizations to policymakers to support knowledge exchanges and to stimulate adaptation action.