The VRA methodology has been implemented by Oxfam and its partners in twelve countries and by other aid and research organizations, such as the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the University of Cape Town and the University of Botswana.
Tali Hoffman (ASSAR Communications Officer) recently interviewed Mark New (African Climate and Development Initiative & ASSAR principal investigator), Bettina Koelle (Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre) and Victor Orindi (Kenyan National Drought Management Authority) and here’s how they described the way forward for climate science communication – and climate science generally.
What should our approach to climate change be? Is it time to elevate the importance of morals and ethics in climate change debates? Daniel Morchain, Global Adviser on Climate Change Adaptation, reflects on the key messages of last week's Our Common Future under Climate Change conference. Read this blog on the Oxfam website.
In April 2015, members of all four CARIAA consortia (ASSAR, DECCMA, Hi-AWARE and PRISE), together with CARIAA funders (IDRC and DFID) met to talk about a critical aspect of our work: making sure our research is useful and used. This topic, which we collectively refer to as Research-into-Use (RiU), covers everything from stakeholder engagement to knowledge dissemination and advocacy. During this workshop we learned more about the RiU strategies that each consortia follows, and gained a common understanding of the challenges that all the consortia are facing. Thereafter the ASSAR team gathered together for a day-long RiU workshop of our own.
Here, members of the ASSAR team describe their experience of these events, and share their thoughts about RiU.
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.