Workshop to Assess Needs and Opportunities for the African Climate Change Fellowship Program (ACCFP)

The Workshop to Assess Needs and Opportunities for the ACCFP was held 11-13 March 2008 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The workshop brought together members of scientific, public sector, development, inter-governmental and civil society organizations to inform design and implementation of the ACCFP. Seventy-six workshop participants from 30 countries, including 23 African countries, discussed adaptation capacity needs, the potential for fellowships to help meet these needs, the appropriate design of an effective fellowship program, the engagement of institutions to host fellows, the roles of host institutions, conditions for success and sustainability of the fellowship program, and challenges to be overcome. A series of white papers presenting various perspectives on these issues were circulated in English and French prior to the workshop to stimulate discussion, and simultaneous French- English translation was provided during the workshop to facilitate participation and contributions of both Francophone and Anglophone Africans.

Two of the major recommendations that emerged from the workshop were to:

  • Target the pilot phase of the Fellowship Program to a relatively small number of capable and committed institutions in Africa to host Fellows, and
  • Match multiple Fellows with common Host Institutions.

Targeting a small number of institutions with high qualifications to host multiple Fellows was expected to increase the impacts of the Program; provide valuable opportunities for Fellows to interact with and learn from their peers; build stronger capabilities at Host Institutions to become centers of excellence for supervising and mentoring Fellows; and establish stronger and longer lasting relationships among Host Institutions, Home Institutions and the Fellowship Program. Targeting a small number of institutions with high qualifications to host multiple Fellows was expected to increase the impacts of the Program; provide valuable opportunities for Fellows to interact with and learn from their peers; build stronger capabilities at Host Institutions to become centers of excellence for supervising and mentoring Fellows; and establish stronger and longer lasting relationships among Host Institutions, Home Institutions and the Fellowship Program. Click here to download the workshop report that summarizes these and other recommendations and actions.

The ACCFP Photo Gallery includes additional images from the March 2008 Workshop to Assess Needs and Opportunities for the ACCFP. Please contact Clark Seipt (cseipt@start.org) for more information about this and other ACCFP related events.



Last Updated on May 3rd, 2012

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