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2 October 2023

The Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) will present Global South examples of multi-stakeholder collaboration and co-creation to support its adaptation research for impact approach at Adaptation Futures 2023 conference (AF20203) in Montreal, Canada from 2-6 October.

At a session highlighting its innovative Grassroots Action Research Micro-grants programme, the ARA will introduce awardees from Ghana, India and Argentina who will speak to the collaborative design and impact of their work, and learnings for others taking a similar approach.

The ARA’s micro-grants link grassroots leaders of adaptation research and action with local stakeholders that can scale-up and take on the potential solutions identified. They are guided by the Adaptation Research for Impact Principles, which enable action-oriented adaptation research that is driven by user needs, co-produced with local experts, and equitable in practice.

Application of the ARA’s approach at different scales from local to national will also be covered at AF2023, with an event designed for conference delegates to co-create a new action-oriented adaptation research programme for Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

This follows the ARA’s fully booked event scheduled for the opening of AF2023. That early and enthusiastic interest signals a growing demand for the ARA’s approach, which is endorsed by its diverse membership base from the global adaptation community.

ARA members represent researchers, funders, policymakers, development bodies and community-based organisations committed to adaptation research for impact that strengthens resilience in communities most vulnerable to climate change.

“The ARA builds a bridge between research and action to co-create ambitious but realistic outcomes for adaptation and resilience driven by the needs of the most vulnerable and addressing the scale of the climate emergency," said the ARA’s Head of Secretariat Jesse DeMaria-Kinney.


Masterclass: Operationalising Co-creation for Transformation
2 October 2023 from 13.00 – fully booked - details here
This session with the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) equips participants with skills for applying their own co-creation & multi-stakeholder processes.

Session #410: Calling those interested in closing the science-policy-practice gap in LDCs!
3 October 2023 from 11.00-12.30 EDT – details here
This session invites participants to influence the ARA Co-creation process to design a new action-oriented adaptation research programme for LDCs.

Session #602: Breaking the mould: Southern led micro-grants as catalyst for systemic change in climate adaptation
4 October 2023 from 16.00-17.30 EDT – details here
Learn how the ARA’s Grassroots Action Research Micro-grants use principles of Co-creation to enhance actions of communities most vulnerable to climate change.


The Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) is a global coalition responding to the urgent challenges faced by vulnerable communities from climate change. Our membership is made up of researchers, funders, policymakers, development bodies, and community-based organisations committed to action for adaptation that supports climate resilient futures.

The ARA is funded by UK Aid from the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Climate Emergency Collaboration Group (CECG). Its Secretariat is hosted at SouthSouthNorth.

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