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Event, May 4: More gender equality and justice in climate action

You are warmly invited to an event with CDKN, ODI, Practical Action Consulting and the Institute for Development Studies:

‘More equality and justice in climate action’


Date: 4th May 2016, at Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NJ

14:00 – 15:30 UK time (GMT+1) with international livestreaming, followed by a reception

Please register to attend in person or to take part online.


Why does gender equality matter in climate related programming? What does “inclusive” programming look like, in practice? And, do climate programmes in cities pose any special challenges or opportunities for advancing gender equality? 

These are some of the questions that our expert panel will debate and invite you to discuss at this interactive event.

Speakers will present – and respond to – the findings of leading-edge research that aims to address major knowledge gaps on the gender dimensions of climate change mitigation, adaptation and development. Commissioned by CDKN, the research was carried out by a cross-cultural team at Practical Action Consulting and IDS Sussex. The study involved field work in urban areas of Peru, Kenya and India.

The team will launch three country reports, ‘How do gender approaches improve climate compatible development: Lessons from India, Kenya and Peru’.

ODI and CDKN will also launch the cross-cutting report, in association with Practical Action Consulting and IDS: ’10 things to know…about gender equality and achieving climate goals.’


The findings uncover a range of drivers and constraints to integrating gender approaches in climate programming in cities. The research demonstrates how gender sensitive approaches can increase gender equality and so pave the way for better overall climate and development outcomes — and contributing to wider social development goals.

This event will gather experts from the social development, climate change and disaster risk reduction communities.

Donors will learn about the value of setting gender equality as a requirement in climate programming and funding allocation. Other stakeholders involved in climate and development projects – such as non-governmental organisations, researchers and academics – can learn how to design and deliver more inclusive projects, and so avoid perpetuating gender inequality.


Colin McQuistan, Practical Action – Senior Advisor on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation


  • Dr. Andrew Norton, IIED –Director
  • Reetu Sogani, Practitioner/ Researcher on Gender, Traditional Knowledge & Climate change from India
  • Dr. Virginie Le Masson, ODI – Research Fellow
  • Sam Bickersteth, CDKN- CEO

With representative from DFID, Climate and Environment Department

Please register to attend in person or to take part online. Participants who wish to join remotely by livestream will have a chance to pose questions to the speakers in writing.

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Resources from CARE International on integrating gender into climate adaptation

Photo: Milo Mitchell. Source: Flickr (IFPRI Images)

Photo: Milo Mitchell. Source: Flickr (IFPRI Images)

CARE International has several useful resources on integrating gender in adaptation. These resources recognize that the relations between men, women, and youth affect people’s capacity to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Check it out!

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Job Opportunity: Gender, Water, and Adaptation Specialist (ICIMOD), apply by 12 Feb


The Gender, Water and Adaptation Specialist will substantially contribute (around 80% of the position) to the Himalayan Adaptation, Water and Resilience (HI-AWARE) Research Initiative. HI-AWARE is a four-year programme aimed at developing climate change adaptation approaches and increasing the resilience of the poorest and most vulnerable women, men, and children in the mountains and plains of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. The HI-AWARE consortium is conducting integrative research across scales on the biophysical, socioeconomic, gender, and governance drivers and conditions leading to vulnerability in order to understand climate change impacts and to identify critical moments for adaptation.

Read more and apply here.

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COP20: Climate change negotiators must consider the role of rural women

Outreach Magazine, a multi-stakeholder magazine on climate and development, has published a series of articles on climate change and gender for COP20, including a new post from Claudia Ringler, Deputy Director of IFPRI’s Environment and Production Technology Division, on including women in the current climate change negotiations. She writes:

As smallholder farmers in many parts of the world, women play a crucial role in food production. Yet they are the least equipped to adapt their farming practices to climate change. The reason? They have less access and control than men over key assets, such as capital, agricultural information and training, farm inputs, and other resources related to agricultural production. This week, as world leaders gather in Peru to participate in the climate change negotiations, it is imperative that we turn our attention to rural women and focus on policies that increase their ability to cope with climate change.

Read the full post, here.

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Enhancing women’s assets to manage risk under climate change

A new volume of policy notes summarizes the findings from the project “Enhancing Women’s Assets to Manage Risk under Climate Change: Potential for Group-Based Approaches.” From the IFPRI Research Program on Climate Change, Collective Action, and Women’s Assets, the notes in this collection explore how to protect or strengthen women’s control over critical assets, including natural resources and social capital. These notes also examine the potential for innovative and group-based approaches to increase women’s assets and strengthen their risk-management capabilities in the context of climate change.

Click here to download the full set.

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Missing: The Forgotten Women in India’s Climate Plans — new film from CDKN

New film from the Climate & Knowledge Development Network: Missing: The forgotten women in India’s climate plans

With a rapidly changing climate that is already having massive impacts on Indian people’s daily lives, the absence of policies and plans supporting millions of working women in their ability to deal with these new challenges needs to be addressed. Representing over half the workforce in farming, fishing and forest harvesting, Indian women have an essential role to play in climate adaptation and planning. Granting women greater access to ownership and representation, and giving them a voice to describe their situation and needs to policymakers, will help all Indians diminish their vulnerabilities in the face of climate change.

This new film, directed by Krishnendu Bose and commissioned by the Climate & Development Knowledge Network, follows the Nahi women in their daily fight against climate change impacts. It shows how resourceful these women are in a context of high constraints and poverty. Supporting their local initiatives with adequate policies and laws could be a significant game changer in the way India manages to tackle climate change. ‘Missing’ intends to convince policymakers of what can be achieved, were women to become integrated in climate change planning.

The film depicts Rita Kamila and her success at integrating farming practices with climate resilience. As a result of the changing climate, Rita has fish in her fields; she puts her chicken coup over the water so that when she feeds her chickens, some of it falls through into the water, and the chicken droppings also become fish food. Her practices have led to great economic benefit, and she shares her knowledge with her fellow villagers. However, Rita’s success is an isolated story, as the video shows, and it is critical to scale up access to government schemes. Many government schemes are only for land owning farmers and less than 10% of female farmers own land.

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Launch of online portal for Gender and Social Inclusion Toolbox

Earlier this year, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) together with partners, launched a Gender and Social Inclusion Toolbox for development research via a live-streamed event.

We’ve now put the final touches on a platform dedicated to the toolbox, found here, which we encourage you to check out! Here you’ll be able to learn more about the process leading up to the final product, the people and organisations involved in the development and watch the video from the live-streamed event.

If you haven’t done it already, read the research highlight introducing the toolbox on CCAFS blog, download the manual (PDF) and discuss the tools and methods in our LinkedIn group dedicated to gender, climate change and agriculture.

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New toolbox for gender and inclusion in climate change projects

Photo: Neil Palmer (CIAT) Source: Flickr (CIAT)

Photo: Neil Palmer (CIAT) Source: Flickr (CIAT)

After much anticipation, the Gender and Inclusion Toolbox: Participatory Research in Climate Change and Agriculture, presenting gender-sensitive and socially inclusive participatory action research methods, was finally launched yesterday in Nairobi via a well-attended live-streamed event!

The launch coincided with the International Day of Rural Women to emphasize the need for more relevant, gender-responsive methods and tools for the development and research community.

The Gender and Inclusion Toolbox: Participatory Research in Climate Change and Agriculture (PDF) is the result of a long-term partnership between the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), and CARE International.

Explore the Toolbox while watching the recording from yesterday’s live-streamed launch here: New toolbox for gender and inclusion in climate change projectshttp://ow.ly/CQoHn

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In celebration of International Day of Rural Women: Seven reasons rural women are key to climate adaptation

Originally posted on IFPRI.org: http://www.ifpri.org/blog/un-international-day-rural-women

Source: Akram Ali/CARE Bangladesh Strengthening the Dairy Value Chain (SDVC) project

Source: Akram Ali/CARE Bangladesh Strengthening the Dairy Value Chain (SDVC) project

We know more and more about what our planet faces as climate change intensifies and greenhouse gas emissions lead us on a probably irreversible path of global warming and uncertain rainfall patterns, at least for the next four decades. As policymakers prepare for another round of climate change negotiations in December in Lima, Peru, they are no longer only discussing climate change prevention, or “mitigation.” It is imperative that we also turn our attention to “adaptation”; learning to adapt to climate change now is critical because climate change is affecting livelihoods, particularly in rural areas.

Growing evidence suggests that men and women experience climate change impacts differently and have different needs for adaptation. Thus, to respond effectively to people’s needs and leverage their strengths and contributions, we must pay close attention to gender-based differences and embed them into the design of climate change policies and programs.

In my recent research, we found that too many institutions responsible for leading adaptation efforts in developing countries have no way of tracking whether men and women experience and deal with climate change differently. For example, three-quarters of development agencies in Ethiopia do not collect, analyze, or report gender-disaggregated data. Collecting data only at the household level, they operate under the assumption that all household resources are shared equally, that all decisions are taken jointly, and that all household members benefit.

As we look forward to the UN International Day of Rural Women on October 15th, I want to emphasize why we need to specifically target rural women in our efforts to adapt to climate change:

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New CCAFS Working Paper reveals gender gap in adaptation capacity to climate change in Africa

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) has published a new working paper, How resilient are farming households, communities, men and women to a changing climate in Africa? (PDF), that highlights the gender gap in ownership of productive land and access to agricultural support services in Sub-Saharan Africa– both of which are critical for adapting to climate change. Here’s the abstract of the paper:

Social, economic and institutional factors and driving forces enhance or hinder the adaptation capacity of agricultural and pastoral households and communities. The effectiveness of the resulting adaptation strategies influences the nature and extent of the impact of multiple stresses and shocks, including climate change’s, at the local-level.

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