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Announcement of 2022’s Catalytic Grant Award Winners

Five teams have been selected to receive a $5000 grant. The award is a joint effort from Climate Justice Resilience Fund (CJRF), Global Resilience Partnership (GRP), and International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD).

Written by: Victoria Wachira
GRP Areas of work: Innovation Knowledge Policy Theme: Disaster risk reduction Gender, youth and marginalized groups

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2022 Catalytic Grant Awards Programme promoted at the 2nd Gobeshona Conference in March. Each of the five winning teams will receive $5000 USD to implement their locally-led climate adaptation and resilience solutions.

The Catalytic Grant Awards are a joint effort by Global Resilience Partnership (GRP), Climate Justice Resilience Fund (CJRF), and implemented by International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD). These awards aim to provide initial seed funding to incentivise partnerships and collaborations beyond events to further develop their ideas.

”It is great to see the Catalytic Grant awards gaining momentum. This year, we received over 50 proposals from all over the world and over 2,900 people voted for their favorite proposal(s). The ideas we received were truly locally-led with a diverse inclusion of stakeholders. I’m looking forward to following the journey of the five selected teams and witnessing the impact they create in their communities over the coming year!” says GRP’s Head of Operations and Catalytic Grant Awards Lead, Emma Ludvigsson.

Meet the winning teams

Community Change Makers Zimbabwe 
Country where the project will be implemented: Zimbabwe
Group members: Telma Sibanda, Patience Sibanda, Cinderella Ndlovu 

Community Change Makers Zimbabwe will develop a database to close existing gaps in the provision of climate information among local smallholder farmers.

Having realized the dire need for climate services, especially in rural communities like uMzingwane District which falls in the southwestern region of Zimbabwe, a region considered to be the driest and most heavily hit by climate change, we aim to address this challenge through our project. Our prior experience of working with the local community has helped us identify this gap,” says Sibanda.

Mountains of Youth
Country where the project will be implemented: Nepal, Bangladesh, UK
Group members: Rubina Adhikari, Warefta-E-Murshed, Kinzang Gyeltsho

Mountains of youth will focus on youth capacity building and engagement through climate change education, exchange of cross-cultural adaptation practices, indigenous knowledge, and amplify youth voices on international forums.

LYLA (Local Youth-Led Adaptation) 
Country where the project will be implemented: Bangladesh
Group members: Md. Juel Mahmud, Rukhsar Sultana, Tabia Tasnim Anika

LYLA (Local Youth-Led Adaptation) aims to enhance the Hoar community’s resilience through creating and sharing knowledge products for Local Youth-Led Adaptation initiatives.

Team Resilient 
Country where the project will be implemented: Bangladesh
Group members: Afsana Afrin Esha, Mahabuba Hasan Lima, Hasibul Hasan

Team Resilient will research and analyse the best adaptation practices of underprivileged and landless communities in the coastal areas of Bangladesh.

Country where the project will be implemented: Bangladesh
Group members: Khaled Redwan Choudhury, A.S.M. Jiaul Hoque, Farah Naznin

Korabam aims to implement a sustainable MRO community development in the remote hilly areas of Alikadam in Bandarban district, Bangladesh through improved farming methods including mixed fruit plantation.

Working in hill tracks of Bangladesh is always challenging. In this remote region, the lifestyle of the ethnic people and languages are different from other parts of the country. To overcome these obstacles, we aim to get support from diverse areas such as the financial sector, government, law enforcement agencies, NGOs, social organizations, media, and ethnic communities. We look forward to learning from and working with the GRP, ICCCAD, and CJRF network,” says Hoque.

What next?

The teams will get access to the best resilience knowledge, tools, and approaches through the Resilience Knowledge Coalition to support the implementation of their projects. They will also have the opportunity to participate in several communications workshops to support them share their project stories.