In March 2019 the CCKE received an extension under an Accountable Grant. This extension seeks to maximise the impact and legacy of the FCFA programme and continue key components of work that have emerged from the implementation of the programme. In response to the FCFA 2018 DFID Annual Review recommendations, and wider strategy of HMG to scale up the International Climate Fund (ICF) spend, further elements of work were agreed with DFID. The focus remains to leverage the value of DFID’s initial investment in FCFA in order to inform a wider African research agenda whilst bringing new climate information to bear on strategic and operational developmental decisions.
Climate Model Evaluation Hub
FCFA has made substantial progress in understanding the African climate and has developed methodologies to evaluate the regional climate processes and impact-relevant indices which matter locally. LaunchPAD has been established to build upon these novel findings and methods to extend the work to more regions and systems, and to embed tools into automated software that will fast-track the understanding of how well climate models simulate climate dynamics in African regions.The establishment of the Hub was made possible by building on existing FCFA research networks through researchers at the University of Oxford, University of Yaounde I, University of Nairobi, University of Cape Town, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and the Met Office, showcasing the strong legacy and importance of FCFA partnerships between British and African research institutions.
Climate Mainstreaming Technical Facility
The CCKE hosts the FCFA’s Climate Mainstreaming Facility (CMF). The CMF offers support to DFID country offices, regional and central departments to strengthen climate mainstreaming and the integration of International Climate Finance (ICF) in their portfolios. The facility aims to improve the uptake of climate information and climate risk analysis and adaptation assessment, including for integration, and enhanced compliance with the DFID Smart Guide on Climate and Environment.
African Climate Risks Conference (ACRC)
The CCKE served as the Secretariat to the planning of the African Climate Risks Conference (ACRC) that was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 7th – 9th October 2019. The Conference provided a forum for the wider African climate research community to exchange on current scientific frontiers, and review progress in African climate and climate change science.
The goal of the conference was to ensure greater impact and legacy of completed and on-going research programmes by promoting the uptake of new data, tools and knowledge; and brokering new research collaborations and more targeted donor support for these.
The conference was convened under the auspices of the following organisations: WMO-GFCS, WMO-AMCOMET, UNECA-ACPC, WCRP, IPCC, CR4D, WASCAL, SSN and FCFA partner organisations.
Learning from the FCFA programme
The CCKE undertook a learning review, part of the programmatic learning endeavour, to take stock of the lessons emerging from FCFA’s collective experience. It predominantly focuses on three interrelated themes: promoting collective learning in FCFA, southern leadership and capacity, and mobilising climate information. Taken collectively, these three areas of review reveal some important insights and recommendations for improving the design, delivery and impact of climate and development research – providing a valuable source of information for the development and planning of future multi-consortia climate research programmes. Read the learning review here.