A similar event to the mid-term review workshop will be organized at the end of the program in the form of an international conference or as a side event of an international conference. But even before this end-term joint conference, beneficiaries will be expected to interact with each other and to collaborate after the mid-term review workshop. In the conference, all the beneficiaries will be expected to present a paper that can be published in an international peer-reviewed journal. The M&E consultant will also present the final program evaluation results and recommendations. A synthesis of the results of the program will be carried out after this conference.
By the end of the program, it is expected that the beneficiaries, the facilitators at various interaction points (inception training, mid-term review workshop and end-term joint conference)and the mentors would have created a strong community of practice (CoP) spanning several countries. In this CoP, members can support each other and affect change towards the better incorporation of climate change adaptation and mitigation measures in their institutions’ work and National Adaptation Plans.
The outcomes and outputs of this program are provided in Section 3. These will contribute towards the impact of reduced vulnerability of local livelihoods to climate change impacts through reducing the impacts of immediate climate risks like storms, flooding and droughts. In realising these results, the African Leadership Program will push beyond pure research and actively engage the interface between research, policy and practice. It will deliver reliable, valid and relevant information to inform decision-makers and boundary partners with interests in, and influence over, planning and investments for medium- and long-term adaptation planning and development. The central hypothesis of the African Leadership Theory of Change is that research leads to improved understanding of African climate variability and change with enhanced short-term to medium-term climate prediction. This improved understanding leads to improved decision-making when coupled with strengthened user knowledge, skills and tailored climate solutions.