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Strengthening Community Capacities

As ASSAR's research seeks to identify the factors that are needed to reduce the vulnerability and enhance the wellbeing of the most marginalised, it became clear that alongside the analysis, there was a need to also work directly with those living within the ASSAR study sites. The capacity strengthening activities that ensued were aimed to address a number of the barriers that emerged from our findings in order to help local community groups better adapt to the effects of climate change. To help support this work, ASSAR established two funds: i) ASSAR Grants for Local Adaptation Support (GLAS) and ii) ASSAR Grants for Scenario-Based Capacity Building (SBCB).

 

ASSAR Grants for Local Adaptation Support

The Grants for Local Adaptation Support (GLAS) fund was established in recognition of the need to go beyond academic capacity building within ASSAR in order to strengthen the capacities of those living and working in the ASSAR study sites. These special grants are intended to draw from findings of ongoing ASSAR research to support the most vulnerable groups in each region on overcoming  top barriers to and supporting enablers of their adaptation. To implement these activities, ASSAR regional research teams collaborated with relevant local groups such as NGOs, faith-based organisations and others who have concrete experience working with vulnerable people, to result in more sustainable outcomes.  

ASSAR Grants for Local Adaptation Support

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ASSAR Grants for Scenario-Based Capacity Building

Following ASSAR's series of Transformative Scenario Planning (TSP) workshops and other scenario processes in the different regions, there was a need to build on the momentum, insights, and connections made therein, and to align those with ongoing ASSAR research findings to attain actionable results. As a result, a Scenario-Based Capacity Building (SBCB) fund was established that offers grants to the regional teams in support of key follow-up actions. These actions include capacity building of stakeholders that are recognised as playing vital roles in overcoming barriers to or supporting enablers of adaptation in their respective regions.

ASSAR Grants for Scenario-Based Capacity Building

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