The African Climate Change Leadership Program aims to increase the quality and availability of information and build greater expertise in how to apply knowledge on development sectors such as water, agriculture and food security, health and infrastructure planning. In turn, this understanding will inform policy implementation as well as innovative tools to be used for climate change assessments, adaptation planning, and policy implementation. The program is divided into three streams namely Policy, Research and Climate innovations


The leadership program provides a unique opportunity to African researchers, practitioners and policy advisors/analysts to facilitate a three-dimension dialogue between climate researchers, policy and vulnerability impacts and adaptation experts who apply modelling results for wide array of research. Leadership capacity of ten (10) mid-level to senior policy advisers/analysts will be developed to use research and practical evidence to inform active and ongoing policy formulation, review or implementation processes within their work environment (where there is an existing “policy window of opportunity”) and provide appropriate advice in an action research mode. The policy fellows will be mid-level to senior policy advisors/analysts from government ministries and agencies who are responsible for climate sensitive sectors.


The overall objective of this stream is to stimulate interdisciplinary and scientifically significant research on the regional origins and implications of climate change. The research problems were informed by a comprehensive and relevant literature review of related national and regional climate research needs and its policy implications, for example from 5thARs, IPCC, AfDB, AU, IGAD and other sources. 10 researchers  were selected with high quality research proposals and  received a 8 to 12 month research grant of US$9,000 to carry out their proposed research.


The Climate Innovations stream comprises of developers and people with existing innovative climate solutions with potential to be up scaled or people with beta level or prototype climate solutions that can be advanced further and have high chances of successful implementation with impact at the ground level. Under this stream, ten (10) mid-level researchers/practitioners or teams of researchers/practitioners received US$ 8,000 for one year to advance and test, in real world settings, innovative climate solutions that enhance community resilience and have potential for scaling up. Past prototypes or beta climate solutions that have potential for large scale positive change will be advanced.

One can view the selected fellows here, and their publication profiles here.

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