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 incentivize partnerships and collaborations beyond events to develop ideas fostered during CBA conference.
- Increase incentives and opportunities for cross-disciplinary capacity development and ideation;
- Strengthen global community of practice on Locally-led Adaptation (LLA) and resilience;
- Strengthen Southern leadership in the community of practice;
- Strengthen south-south and south-north knowledge exchange and collaboration; and actions on adaptation and resilience; and
- Create continuity between global conferences such as Gobeshona and Community Based Adaptation (CBA).
How did it start?
Work on climate change adaptation and resilience has generated a vibrant community of academics and non-academics in the Global South. This community has an annual cycle of key touch points that include the International Conference on Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA), the Gobeshona Global Conference and the Development & Climate (D&C) Days. These events allow this community of practice to come together at regular intervals, build new relationships, and work together on new ideas. To help foster continuity between these events, a catalytic grant was first tested and successfully launched at the 7th Annual Gobeshona Global Conference in January 2021, as a joint effort from Climate Justice Resilience Fund (CJRF), Global Resilience Partnership (GRP), and International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD). The first round proved to be widely popular, with 5 teams receiving awards to continue working on their ideas sparked during Gobeshona.