In January 2018, ASSAR – one of the ACDI’s largest and most collaborative research projects – drew to an official close.Involving 17 organisations and over 150 researchers and practitioners working in the semi-arid regions of six countries in Africa, and India, this five-year project used transdisciplinary scientific research, capacity building and stakeholder engagement to improve the understanding of the barriers and enablers to effective and sustained adaptation.
In this highly reflective and content-rich article, Lucia Scodanibbio summarises (as much as a single article can) ASSAR’s insights, achievements, challenges and learnings. She also describes her personal experience of managing such a multi-faceted and complex project.
A short film of interviews with PhD and Masters students who participated in a RiU (Research into Use) workshop at the University of Ghana in 2015. They explain their study areas, the relevance the research has for them and the stakeholders involved.