Adaptation Policy Training Institute

An Advance Policy Training Institute for Policy Fellows will be implemented in this Phase instead of the traditional ACCFP Adaptation Policy Fellowships. The impetus for the shift from the ACCFP traditional Policy Fellowship to a Policy Training Institute derives from the fact that ACCFP failed to target the right candidates as policy advisors and technocrats at policy level could not get time off for long durations outside their home institutions. This institute will be implemented over a period of six months. The aim of the Adaptation Policy Training Institute is to contribute to a greater awareness about policy issues in African decision making processes and begin to engage relevant policy makers on the subject. In this institute, face to face training sessions and practical assignments linked to fellow policy work is expected to help target the right audience as compared to the traditional Policy Fellowship. This Institute is designed to play an important role in ACCFP strategy for ensuring that knowledge generated reaches the right people and to build capacity for a community of policy researchers and practitioners in Africa who are well-versed in addressing complex policy questions connected to Climate Change Adaptation. The Policy Fellows will demonstrate in their proposal how they will disseminate their findings by engaging their Ministry and how their work will benefit their country and institution. The Home institutions will be expected to make an undertaking that they support the fellow throughout the Fellowship.

The content of the training will cover among other issues:
-General policy issues and gaps in Africa in relation to climate change,
-Case studies of climate change and policy in selected African countries,
-Identifying policy issues, current policy actions and alternative policy actions for identified problems.

The institute will bring together 12 policy practitioners for a period of two weeks at the beginning of the Fellowship on integrating research and methods into the mainstream of climate change policy making in African countries, where the Fellows will be selected. The 12 Fellowships will be offered to qualifying candidates, who are expected to be:
(i) Policy makers;
(ii) Professionals fro.m government ministries; or
(iii) Researchers who have active and existing links with the policy environment and policy actors.

Each Fellow will be awarded a total of USD 1500 after the two week training to conduct desk work research activities and initiate the process of engaging policy makers in various ways over a four month period, under the supervision of a mentor. Policy Fellows will be brought together again for a one week consolidation period where they present their work and finalize on it with their mentors, before they return to their Home institutions to produce a final report within a month. An honorarium of USD 1000 will be given to Fellows on successful completion of their projects.

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