RCMRD Training Module on Design and Management of Climate Partnership

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One often neglected area in climate change adaptation and management issues is the skills to effectively design and manage partnerships and networks for effective climate information and decision-making in Africa. The module will build the capacity of participants to understand and apply knowledge in designing and managing partnerships for the generation, analysis and dissemination of climate information that will suit the immediate and future needs of the particular country. It will explore partnership and networking strategies between and amongst institutions and countries that will enhance adaptation and mitigation planning and implementation.

Training Module Overview

This Module on Analysis of Climate and related concepts has the following general objectives:

  • Equipping policy makers, scientists and practitioners with knowledge and skills on climate policy making and analysis for decision making.
  • Equipping policy makers, scientists and practitioners with content and skills to train others on climate policy making and analysis for decision making.
  • Motivating policy makers, scientists and practitioners to appreciate the value and importance of timely and accurate data.
  • Providing instruction and skills on how to interpret and present data for policy makers, scientists and practitioners.

Some Assumptions

This training module has been designed with several assumptions in mind, including the following:

  • Policy makers, scientists and practitioners can make well-informed decisions when they have complete, accurate, and unbiased information
  • Policy makers, scientists and practitioners have opportunities to gain the appropriate information and skills about collecting, analysing, synthesising, and maintaining evidence-based data for decision making.
  • Experiential learning, including role-playing, games, and songs, is an excellent way to learn.

One of the most crucial assumptions that this module makes is about the facilitator. The facilitator is the key to the success of this intervention. The facilitator should have the following traits:

  • Be social and enjoys interacting with people from different backgrounds
  • Be knowledgeable about climate change, policies and climate information and services
  • Be respectful of others and their opinions
  • Be enthusiastic about facilitating this module
  • Have good communication and group facilitation skills
  • Be non-judgmental
  • Be proficient at using a variety of participatory and experiential programme techniques

Objective of the Training

The main objective is to expose participants to the complex nature of the relationship between the generation of climate information and the structures and systems that are put in place to ensure the generation and dissemination of accurate data for decision-making.

Specifically the course aims at;

  • Raising awareness on this important agenda of climate services in the context of climate resilient development, so as to help decision makers in integrating Weather and Climate Services into their projects, both in terms of project planning and delivery.
  • Demonstrating Weather and Climate services as a system of interconnected parts and processes.
  • Raising awareness on the availability and benefits of climate information system for planning and decision-making by exposing participants to the different types of tailored climate products.
  • Creating awareness on the role of each participant in the CIS value chain, and to make them identify the improvements necessary to ensure an effective CIS.

Scope of the training

The training will start with an introduction to the basics concepts related to climate and seeks to clarify how the terminologies are necessary for the decision makers to understand.The module will cover areas such as:

  • Introduction to Concepts related to climate:
  • Climate policies and networks
  • Climate Policy Integration
  • Adaptation and Mitigation in Eastern and Southern Africa
  • EAC Climate Change Policy Framework
  • Multilateral Environmental Agreements
  • Working structures of the climate partnership
  • Steps of cooperation in the climate partnership

Training methodology

The training will include workshop sessions and will deploy series of presentation, group discussions and experience sharing by participants.

Training material

The trainer will require presentation on the topic and depending on the group available, the presentations should be customized and adjusted to suit the participants.  Presentation materials required may include: Flip charts, notebooks and pens, marker pens, whiteboard, and white board markers.

Classroom setup

The training will adopt a workshop setup, recommended is a workshop format, or any other Arrangement considered by the trainer as suitable and encouraging participative and interactive engagement.  However the trainer can choose to apply a different setup as fit and depending on the users and the available resources, especially during group discussions, and practical exercises. 

Training Evaluation

The trainer will conduct a pre-training expectation evaluation, where the participants will provide information on what they are to gain from training, and what they expect to use it for.  This can be conducted prior the commencement date of the training however it can also be applied are the beginning in the training workshop.  This will help the trainer map the training content to the participants needs and lead to a more effective tailor-made experience for the users.  The trainer can accomplish this by providing leading questions to the participants who then can provide on colour coded cards, and this will be organised into an expectation matrix.

A post-training workshop evaluation will be provided at the completion of the training.  The participants will inform on their view on the training, the trainers, the organization/ facilitation of the training including the training material, venue, time, usefulness of the content, expected outcome and importance of the training, and any suggestion.  This goes into improving the training for future effectiveness.  Appended to the document is a sample content of a workshop evaluation forms.

How to Use the Training Module

The training module is meant to guide the trainer on the different lessons that are to be covered.  The trainer will make use of the participants on the several concepts covered through group discussions.. The training module is expected to help understand on how climate phenomenon can be integrated to the development plans.

  • UNIT 1: Overview/Examples of international Climate Change policies and examples of different climate partnerships and networks
  • UNIT 2: Adaptation and Mitigation in Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA-EAC-SADC) Region
  • UNIT 3: Steps and Structures of cooperation in the climate partnership

Each of the lessons will cover contents that are related to the respective topics. All the lessons have a component for have experiential activities that address the topic’s objectives in a variety of interesting ways. Each unit specifies the purpose, the materials needed, the approximate time required, and the steps to follow. All the units specify the preparation that must be done before the session.

The trainer will introduce each topic by presenting the subject and content, followed by focus-group discussions. The topics of the training will be based on 3 areas; overview of international climate change policies and examples of different climate partnerships and networks, Adaptation and Mitigation in Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA-EAC-SADC) Region, Steps and Structures of cooperation in the climate partnership.


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