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Issue 11 - Community Based Adaptation-Experiences from Africa

Community Based Adaptation (CBA) is increasingly popular as an approach to support vulnerable communities to adapt to climate change. Impacts are already being felt by the pastoralist and farming communities in Ghana, Niger, Kenya and Mozambique, where the Adaptation Learning Programme (ALP) implemented by CARE International is working. Since early 2010, ALP has been developing and testing participatory approaches to CBA in
40 communities with 11 local governments and 8 local NGOs across the 4 countries. CARE International’s CBA framework has provided the basic unifying concept for the work.

ALP has experienced both successes and challenges in facilitating and empowering communities to plan and implement adaptation actions which respond to their priorities and capacities. New approaches have emerged, particularly in accessing and using climate information and enabling vulnerable communities to work with probability and uncertainty so as to gain improved capacity for risk management and anticipatory decision making.

This Joto Afrika edition highlights a number of CBA models and their outcomes at community level as experienced by ALP with lessons for effective CBA.