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Using transformative scenario planning to think critically about the future of water security in Bangalore, Botswana
Using transformative scenario planning to think critically about the future of water security in Bangalore
Mon, 08 Oct 2018 - 16:00

This report, by the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, describes the outcomes of a series of transformative scenario planning workshops in Bangalore to discuss the issues of water security and response strategies towards long-term collaborations.

Adaptation Hub: using mobile apps to support agriculture and adaptation planning in semi-arid Ghana
Adaptation Hub: using mobile apps to support agriculture and adaptation planning in semi-arid Ghana
Fri, 05 Oct 2018 - 11:30

ASSAR took advantage of Ghana's strong uptake of smartphones by developing a mobile application that supports information transfer and knowledge sharing with local stakeholders.

Mazing through peri-urban Bangalore
Mazing through peri-urban Bangalore
Tue, 02 Oct 2018 - 12:45

Maitreyi Koduganti from the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) gives an account of a game that she developed, with the support of an ASSAR Small Opportunities Grant, to help people gain better insight into the complexities of living in peri-urban Bangalore.

Capacity development around soil and water management in the district of Koutiala, Mali: from need to deed
Capacity development around soil and water management in the district of Koutiala, Mali: from need to deed
Thu, 27 Sep 2018 - 15:30

When the ASSAR Mali team discovered the need for new capacities in Koutiala to enable better use of the scarce soil and water resources, they organised a three-day cross-border exchange visit for 11 Koutiala stakeholders to neighbouring Burkina Faso, which has vast experience in water and soil fertility management practices.

Using transformative scenario planning as a way to think differently about the future of land use in Bobirwa, Botswana
Using transformative scenario planning to think differently about the future of land use in Bobirwa, Botswana
Thu, 27 Sep 2018 - 14:15

In this report, ASSAR's Botswana team describes the outcomes of a series of workshops with a group of diverse stakeholders to discuss the thorny issue of land use in Bobirwa Sub District and response strategies towards long-term collaborations. 

Reflections on a week with the ASSAR West Africa team
Reflections on a week with the ASSAR West Africa team
Thu, 27 Sep 2018 - 12:00

The imminent approach of the end of the ASSAR project has called for visits to the regional teams, to take stock of what has been achieved, plan exit strategies, agree on final outputs and give each other one last hug. ASSAR's project coordinator, Lucia Scodanibbio, reflects on a week with the West Africa Mali and Ghana teams. 

Reflections from an ASSAR-SOG exchange at the University of East Anglia, UK
Reflections on an ASSAR-SOG exchange at the University of East Anglia, UK
Thu, 27 Sep 2018 - 10:15

In July 2018, as part of a Small Opportunities Grant awarded by ASSAR, Dr Soundarya Iyer visited the University of East Anglia (UEA) at Norwich for two weeks to work with Dr Nitya Rao. 

Building capacities in India through unlearning, learning and sharing
Building capacities in India through unlearning, training and sharing
Wed, 26 Sep 2018 - 16:15

Maitreyi Koduganti from the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) gives an overview of a capacity development workshop for integrated climate in development projects, that was conducted in March 2018, in Bangalore, with the support of an ASSAR Grant for Local Adaptation Support.

As world warms, it's time to get serious about heat stress: lessons from India
Tue, 25 Sep 2018 - 11:45

Heat-related deaths and illness are on the rise in India. With summertime highs hitting 45 degrees Celsius in rural areas, urgent action is needed to protect vulnerable populations. By Dipak Zade and Brendon Bosworth.

ASSAR Annual Meeting 2018
Junior researchers, experts, vulnerable people, policy makers: Strengthening the capacities of all those touched by ASSAR
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 - 15:00

According to its logframe, 20% of ASSAR’s success rests on the capacities it has built. After interacting with a range of ASSAR team members about what they learned or taught through the project, I can assure you that this is one of the most exciting and impactful results arising from ASSAR, writes Lucia Scodanibbio, ASSAR's project coordinator.

Aradhana Yaduvanshi
‘Building capacity dissolves differences. It irons out inequalities’
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 - 13:45

Being a hydrometeorologist, I was always inclined towards the technical side of research, but my work with ASSAR (and WOTR) has taught me to connect non-technical aspects (mapping of vulnerability, frameworks of adaptation, policy planning) with technical aspects (processing, downscaling and using projections data), writes Aradhana Yaduvanshi, researcher, Watershed Organisation Trust.

Vulnerability to heat stress: A case study of Yavatmal, Maharashtra, India
Vulnerability to heat stress: A case study of Yavatmal, Maharashtra, India
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 - 12:00

Over the past half century, heat wave frequencies in India have increased by a third, and yet, the impact of heat in rural areas remains a blind spot. In this policy brief, the Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) team reports on the results of a heat exposure vulnerability study in rural Maharashtra, India, with a focus on both outdoor and indoor temperatures.

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