Agile online platforms and virtual spaces for knowledge-sharing and convening
The Resilience Platform is an online inventory of resilience expertise (organizations, networks, solutions, stories and people) to help design, implement and evaluate the resilience components of development plans, policies and investments. This platform curates proven resilience knowledge, case studies and evidence.
The Resilience Platform is dynamically linked with SEI’s Connectivity Hub through the PLACARD tool – a pilot that is being expanded to partner platforms. The Connectivity Hub is currently dynamically linked various platforms such as WeAdapt, PreventionWeb, etc. to curate knowledge and evidence on Climate Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction. Linking the Resilience Platform to the Connectivity hub brings curated resilience knowledge and evidence to the hub as well.
The coalition is exploring the possibility of creating a virtual space to connect and interact with others to share, build on and amplify insights. The experience of the COVID-19 crisis will be used to ensure grassroots communities are involved and heard, and not “digitally excluded”.
This story focuses on Lucy Lemashisha who lives in the Kajiado County in Kenya. She coordinates women community empowerment activities to save her Maasai community from marginalization and improve food security.
This story focuses on a 31-year-old agribusiness entrepreneur, based in the Singida region of Tanzania, who is involved in onion and tomato farming for his family’s sustenance and their economic livelihood. Though he lives in one of the most climate vulnerable regions in Tanzania, which has a negative impact on food production, he has been able to make the most out of the opportunities that have come his way. Through an entrepreneurship training program organised by Sustainable Environment Management Action (SEMA) and supported by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in November 2018, he has been able to use his knowledge and the skills gained from the training to improve on his livelihood by starting a group together with his friends that transformed their food production. Upon being connected with agriculture extension officers, they had access to further training on climate-smart agriculture such as the use of improved drought tolerant and early maturing seeds, agroforestry, cover cropping, conservation agriculture, and intercropping which boosted their agronomic skills.
Two women from an informal settlement called Namungona, in Uganda decided to start a saving group to educate and empower women on saving as a way to improve on their livelihoods. In addition they rally people in their communities together to work on projects that do not require any start-up capital but rather starting with available resources.
This is a story which highlights how 2 recipients of the Catalyst Grant Award decided to use this grant support refugees. They decided to train 50 refugees in the Kiryandongo refugee settlement in Uganda on adopting climate-smart agriculture as one way to supplement the inadequate humanitarian food aid during the COVID pandemic.
There are many youth doing exceptional things in their communities. Nasreen Al-Amin is one of them. She has identified a problem of desertification and land degradation in her community, Kano state in Nigeria which she is addressing through her NGO namely Surge Africa through a forest restoration project. Through this project, she has been able to empower young people in her community to plant seedlings as a means to restore the lands. She hopes this project will continue and become self sustaining.