Wednesday November 22, 2017

Summary 0f CAF- Figure OneThe Climate Adaptation Fund

The approach was founded on the process of ‘shared learning dialogue’, where a range of stakeholders were brought together on an equal footing to discuss and analyze specific development issues. The CAF built the capacity of local people to take an active role in adaptation and development planning in line with principles set out in the (2010) Kenyan constitution (participation, equity and inclusivity). This was followed by climate Adaptation planning committees at ward level developing proposals based on their priorities, which are formalised into proposals, refined, submitted and approved by the county level committees (made up of local representatives and county government officers). (SUMMARY OF CAF- FIGURE ONE)

Public Good Investment that Support Climate Resilient Development

Livelihood and local economy resilience assessment was conducted (incorporating local resource mapping using Google earth).  Through the assessment, the community identified what either improve or undermine their ability to manage challenges e.g climate variability etc. The findings were then used by Ward Adaptation Planning Committee to prioritise public good-type investments that would promote climate resilient growth and adaptive livelihoods.

The focus was based on the expectation that supporting dominant economy is the most cost effective and socially cohesive way of building long-term resilience (in tandem with other support such as grants). The process of assessing and reflecting on the resilience of different groups served to structure participants’ own knowledge on their climate vulnerabilities and those of different groups in their community, as well as building understanding on the part of the research team and government staff who participated in the process.  Community resource maps incorporating over 22,000 individual data points were created and geo-referenced using a Google Earth methodology developed and tested in Isiolo

Linking Policy With Practice

Through the participatory process of CAF, the county government of Isiolo reported that the process helped them collate evidence on successful local innovations and adaptations providing them with opportunities to track and learn from adaptive strategies and share successes. This led to the CAF process being integrated into the Isiolo County Profile. This has in turn been picked up and included in Kenya’s National Adaptation Plan. Through engagement with high-level ministry personnel, CAF experiences are feeding into national-level dialogue on how local climate resilience planning can be integrated into county and national-level planning processes.


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