An enabler of local and national systems, which never replaces existing institutions.
A process facilitator of collaborative design and planning.
ACCRA believes change at a system level is required if climate justice – in particular, fairness toward vulnerable communities – is to be achieved. This is possible when a government shares power with its citizens and with civil society in understanding and prioritizing climate issues; in designing policies, strategies and plans; and in implementing, reviewing and learning from these plans.
Governments everywhere need to find new ways of planning to address climate change. In sub-Saharan Africa, this challenge compounds the other challenges facing governments. However, ACCRA’s experience shows that when governments are supported to adapt their planning and budgeting systems to better address climate change, they also become more able to tackle other challenges such as food security, gender inequality and poverty.
This is because climate change cannot be addressed through governance systems that are top-down, siloed across sectors and focused on short-term funding streams. It can’t be addressed when the voices of women and men affected by climate change are not heard, and when governments are not accountable to their citizens. This is also true for other complex challenges.
The need to resolve long-standing, systemic weaknesses in governance systems is therefore as urgent as the need to find scientific and technological answers to the challenge of climate change.
ACCRA’s experience proves that action on climate change is also a catalyst for systemic change, with wide-reaching benefits for inclusive and sustainable development.
ACCRA impact chain
Who we work with
ACCRA has been working with a wide range of partners who supported the design and delivery of the research, capacity building and research components:
At national level ACCRA works with key ministries in charge of climate change, Disaster risk management, planning finance, meteorological agencies and Local Universities.
The project also shares learning and knowledge with various networks, agencies and initiatives such as Community Based Adaptation, UNFCCC CoPs, SDGs, Sendia Framework, Climate Action Network , the Adaptation and Learning programme and the Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance, .