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ASSAR Small Opportunities Grants

The wide-ranging expertise and experience represented across ASSAR provides an excellent opportunity to strengthen individual research, science communication and networking capacities of early career scientists in Africa and Asia. Therefore, a fund was established to support professional development within the project. The ASSAR Small Opportunities Grants (ASSAR-SOG) offer an opportunity for young scientists to tap into a broad spectrum of strengths, skills, perspectives, and ideas across different semi-arid hotspots.



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    Ritwika Basu from the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) visited Daniel Morchain at Oxfam in the UK as part of the ASSAR Small Opportunities Grant (SOG). Together they explored corporate social responsibility, the private sector and development planning and represented their first findings in an exciting comic strip.


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  • How depleting groundwater threatens women's livelihoods in India's Bhavani region

    In December 2016, as part of the Small Opportunities Grant awarded by ASSAR, Divya Solomon visited the University of East Anglia to work with Dr Nitya Rao on a study in the Bhavani region in Tamil Nadu, India.


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  • Climate change adaptation through youth innovation

    The ASSAR Ghana team recently developed and held an intra- and interschools competition, titled the Climate Adaptation through Youth Innovation (CATYI) Competition.

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  • Women, work and adaptive capacity: enhancing the adaptive capacity of vulnerable women

    The ASSAR Ghana team organised a two-day workshop in Nandom District to enhance the adaptive capacities of women by introducing them to eco-inclusive business, lean business canvas, advocacy skills and business networking.

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  • Unlearning and Learning: Reflections on our visit to Cape Town

    As part of the ASSAR Small Opportunities Grant Kavya Michael and Tanvi Deshpande, from the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, visited Cape Town with the aim of fostering knowledge and increasing capacity building of researchers in their field.

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  • Making decisions in times of uncertainty: How farmers in Mali are adapting to climate change

    The ASSAR Small Opportunities Grant enabled Udita Sanga to gain insights into questions around food and security in Southern Mali and whether these insights would lead to real impacts.

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  • A cross-regional perspective: Reflections from the ASSAR-SOG exchange at the University of Cape Town

    Arjun Srinivas, recipient of ASSAR's Small Opportunities Grant (ASSAR-SOG), describes some of his experiences collaborating with colleagues and travelling in South Africa.

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  • Improving irrigation systems for smallholder farmers – the key for resilient agriculture in semi-arid Ghana

    The ASSAR Ghana team recently organised a two-day workshop, with the support of a START Scenario Based Capacity Building (SBCB) grant, to strengthen irrigation management practices for dry-season farming in Upper West Region's Nandom and Lawra districts.

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  • Watering the capacity building tree and reaping its fruits at IIHS

    Lucia Scodanibbio have always believed that you reap what you sow, and that with effort and commitment, you can achieve nearly anything. During the month of October, she spent a few weeks working from ASSAR's partner IIHS’s office. Here she reflects on what she learnt.

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  • Do you like migration?

    In January, four researchers from India, Zimbabwe, Ghana and the UK came together in Cape Town for three days to work on an international, cross-cultural research project that explores the methods and analysis of research on mobility as a livelihood strategy.

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