The inception meeting for the 3rd phase of the African Climate Change Fellowship Program (ACCFP) took place at the Kunduchi Beach Hotel & Resort in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Sep 21-22 2015. ACCFP, a capacity building program that offers experiential learning, education and research and training opportunities in adaptation to young African scholars and professionals, is implemented by IRA-USDM in collaboration with START and funded by the International Development Research Center (IDRC). START managed the first round of the ACCFP fellowship and was a key player in the incubation of the program and has helped foster a network of fellows, some of whom are now in management positions throughout the region. The event offered opportunities for the fellows to present their proposals – the fellows were also given training on scientific writing and present findings to a broader audience by Chipo Mubuya, Mzime Murisa, and Nicolas Ozor, former ACCFP fellows that are now experts in their fields. Furthermore, the meeting provided networking opportunities to new and old ACCFP alumni, as well as representatives from host and home countries.
Representing START, Senay Habtezion gave welcoming remarks to the fellows on behalf of START. He also led a session with the ACCFP-3 policy fellows with the goal of preparing them for an advanced institute currently being organized by START, tentatively scheduled to take place at IRA-UDSM during the first week of December.