IRA and START will together implement a Phase II effort of the African Climate Change Fellowship Program (ACCFP). Phase II actions will reflect insights gained through the first round of ACCFP awards (i.e., 2009/2010) and will strategically position the program to enhance potential strategic partnerships and build positive synergies within Africa. Networking for ACCFP Alumni will be coordinated through the Secretariat.
ACCFP II which will enable full African ownership of the program, IRA in collaboration with START, will design and implement two additional rounds of ACCFP Fellowship awards and supporting activities. Specific objectives of Phase II of the ACCFP are as follows:
1. Devolve management responsibility of the program from START to IRA
2. Identify additional partner organizations that can help to strengthen and expand the ACCFP effort
3. Offer Fellowships to support experiential learning in adaptation policy, research and teaching
4. Develop integrative program activities that enhance Fellowship experiences as well as the functioning of networks formed as a result of the program.
Steps to maximise success of the ACCFP devolution process as well as the potential for long-term impact and sustainability of the program have been taken. these steps include providing a face lift to IRA infrastructure, Secretariat staff recruitment and establishment of the ACCFP Advisory Board. These are also intended to build the capacity, not only of IRA as the implementing institution, but also of researchers, students and practitioners across Africa.