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ACCRA Phase 1 summary

Between November 2009 to December 2011, ACCRA undertook a number of activities which contributed to its overall objectives:

1. Development of the Local Adaptive Capacity Framework (LAC). In Phase 1, we have drawn on emerging thinking around adaptive capacity to develop an adaptive capacity framework, recognising that this is a new area of work that isn't explicitly considered in any programmatic approaches. Climate change adaptation requires more than an integrated programmatic approach to address climatic changes, it also requires creating the enabling environment so that communities can continue to adapt beyond programmatic intervention timelines.

The LAC investigated the characteristics that are considered to contribute to the adaptive capacity of a system in a particular context. These were used to frame ACCRA’s research. The conceptual thinking in the LAC has influenced ACCRA members programming and policies already.

2. Research on the impact of ACCRA members’ development interventions (DRR, Social Protection, and Livelihoods) on people’ s and communities’ adaptive capacity in order to understand how different programming approaches either build or undermine adaptive capacity. Our research partner ODI produced a global synthesis report as well as 3 country synthesis reports and briefs summarising our findings in Ethiopia, Uganda and Mozambique in Phase 1.

3. Capacity building work with local government. Recognising the key role of local government in supporting communities to adapt to climate change, ACCRA worked with one local government in each country.

4. Influencing work with government and other development actors.

An independent evaluation of phase 1 has been carried out in December 2011 and further informs the effective implementation of phase 2. An executive summary, 5 country specific case studies and a video can be downloaded here.