A mid-term workshop will be held approximately 18 months following the inception training to reunite all the grantees who will have successfully completed their research. But even before this workshop, grantees from the three streams will be expected to interact with each other (physically if based in the same country or via the program website if based in different parts of Africa) after the inception training.
For the mid-term workshop, each grantee will be expected to prepare a paper on their research in advance of the mid-term workshop, to present the paper at the workshop, and to submit the paper to a peer reviewed journal for publication. The workshop will be organized as a science-policy-practice dialogues of beneficiaries from all the streams (policy advisors/analysts, researchers and practitioners). This would allow grantees in one stream to give feedback to grantees in another stream, e.g. researchers giving feedback on the policy briefs and vice versa.To make the dialogues even more meaningful, policy advisors/analysts and practitioners who are not beneficiaries of the program will be invited to discuss and add value to the presentations on findings and recommendations. In addition to dialogues, trainers from Uongozi (leadership) Institute based in Dar es Salaam will be engaged to offer a module on how to enhance leadership.Finally, the consultant carrying out program monitoring and evaluation will be invited to make a presentation of the M&E results as at that time and recommendations thereof and to moderate a discussion on how leadership capacity can be enhanced for the rest of the program duration.
The overall objectives of the science-policy-practice dialogues are to share preliminary findings and recommendations by beneficiaries from the three streams; increase awareness and understanding regarding climate change risks, adaptation and mitigation, drawing from findings of the IPCC report as well as regional and national sources; share perspectives on policy responses and linkages of climate change adaptation and mitigation to development goals and strategies; and strengthen science-policy-practice interfaces. The dialogues will also benefit from the results of the input to the Regional Policy Advance Institutes and national/regional assessment that would have been carried out by the beneficiaries in the research stream.
The mid-term science-policy-practice dialogues will be a two-day event. Approximately 40persons will participate made up of 30 beneficiaries, 10 invited policy makers/facilitators/climate experts. Non-program participants will include senior policy makers from ministries and agencies of the host country responsible for development, environment, finance and climate sensitive sectors; representatives of private sector, civil society and other stakeholder groups; members of the science community of the host country; representatives of bilateral and multilateral development assistance agencies and banks; IPCC authors and focal points; regional economic bodies and members of the local/region press.
Such dialogues, rather than being a one-way transfer of science knowledge, will be structured to maximize interactions and provide an opportunity for decision-makers to comment on the appropriateness of the information they receive and their own unmet needs. The dialogues will present an opportunity for policy-makers to learn about new developments in climate change science and adaptation; to pose questions to researchers in the field; and to help shape the future science agenda for the region.
More specific objectives, programs and targeted participants for the science-policy-practice dialogues will be developed in consultation with the IPCC and UNFCCCC focal points of the relevant countries; key policy makers from the region; leading scientific institutions and experts of the region; and other stakeholders.
The intent is to schedule the mid-term workshop/science-policy-practice dialogues in conjunction with another international scientific meeting in which the program beneficiaries can also participate. The mid-term workshop will promote co-learning and sharing of experiences and ensure an interaction between policy advisors/analysts, practitioners and researchers.