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With the launch of its micro-grants call in November 2021, the ARA seeks to support initiatives exploring burning adaptation issues faced in developing counties that knowledge and research can help solve.

“The micro-grants enable access to financial, technical and collaborative support that can help drive country-level activities to realisation and increase climate resilience on the ground in the communities that need it the most,” says Julio Araujo, who heads up the micro-grant initiative.

The outputs from the micro-grants are also expected to feed into several ARA workstreams, including Evidence Reviews, Consultative Processes and a soon to be initiated Co-Creation Space. They are intended to provide greater understanding of the knowledge needs for action, particularly the intersection between knowledge, action and collaboration, which can lead to co-produced solutions.

Grantees will participate in a global workshop to learn about and share experiences on collaborative approaches and co-production. This will be followed by individual co-creation spaces held by the initiatives to address their specific burning issue.

Regional workshops will also be held to support grantees in strengthening networks and partnerships toward locally relevant adaptation solutions beyond the grant period.

Awarded projects include:

Addis Ababa Water and Sewage Authority (AAWSA), Ethiopia  

Addressing water security challenges under uncertain futures.

Africa Research and Impact Network (ARIN), Kenya     

Using community adaptation labs to develop climate risk maps for local action planning and policy influence in Mukuru informal settlement, Kenya.

Asociación Pop No’j, Guatemala           

Cambio climático, vulnerabilidades y migración en una comunidad maya-mam en Guatemala. (Climate change, vulnerabilities, and migration in a Mayan-Mam community in Guatemala.)

Centre d’Innovation Technologique, Haiti        

Building stronger communities for girls.

Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET), Malawi

Climate-smart irrigation evaluation for Malawi’s sustainable development.

The Conservation Society of Sierra Leone (CSSL), Sierra Leone

Climate-smart fisheries management for sustainable and resilient coastal communities.

Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), Argentina      

Climate change adaptation plans and local governments.

Federal University of Technology, Nigeria

Vulnerability, assessment and management of incessant flood occurrences at Lokoja, Ibadan and Lagos metropolises.

Fundacion CoMunidad, Panama

Resilience action plan for Santa Maria Watershed.

Global Water Partnership Tanzania (GWPTZ), Tanzania

Building the capacity of the water sector in Tanzania and Zanzibar to develop bankable climate-resilient projects.

Green Resources Limited, Rwanda       

Building the resilience of communities with increased local adaptive capacity to climate change in Nyabihu District.

International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Bangladesh

Bridging the climate information gap for adaptation: mainstreaming climate services into higher education in Bangladesh.

Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), Columbia

Adaptation issues concerning urban planning and strategic ecosystems in Colombia, from an ecosystem-based adaptation approach.

Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Kenya  

Generation, delivery, and uptake of hydrological hazard information in Kenya.

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan      

Knowledge-based local adaptation planning in Guimaras Province, a vulnerable island province in the Philippines.

Integrated Design (INDÉ), India

Socially just and adaptive community spaces.

Kasa Initiative Ghana, Ghana

Enhancing adaptive strategies to cope with climate-induced coastal erosion in Ghana (ESCOCEG).

Kounkuey Design Initiative, Kenya       

Living Data Hubs (LDH): putting data and knowledge in the hands of urban resilience pioneers.

Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Agronomiques (ESSA-Forêts), University of Antananarivo, Madagascar

Upscaling the adoption of cost-effective climate-smart agricultural techniques in Madagascar

Meat Naturally, South Africa    

Reinforcing systemic socioecological vulnerabilities of pastoralist communities in the former homelands of South Africa.

OJA, Société à Responsabilité Limitée, Benin    

Soil protection and rehabilitation project using legumes and compost to improve food security and restore soil.

Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), India      

Breaking the vicious cycle: planning water security in low-income urban neighbourhoods through co-creation.

Shack Dwellers International, Kenya    

The Uptake of climate action financing for community adaptation plan implementation and local climate actions in Nairobi.

St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC), Philippines

Putting health at the heart of local climate adaptation planning to maximise human well-being.

Technical Assistance Movement for People and Environment Inc. (TAMPEI), Philippines           

Project upgrade: geotechnical research and development for the urban poor.

Universidad Nacional De Rosario, Argentina     

Delta del Paraná Medio: fortalecimiento de la planificación de adaptación y uso de la tierra. (Middle Paraná Delta: Strengthening adaptation planning and land.

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