We recognize that information in itself has not resulted in halting environmental degradation. We therefore focus on building capacities and promoting climate smart solutions to address development challenges.
This programme builds on the global recognition and understanding of the trends and links between climate change and human development. In doing so, we aim to contribute to the global sustainable development agenda through trainings and research to influence responses and actions against climate change and contributing human actions.
Our training program provides participants with a sound understanding of the processes and key impacts of climate change, climate risk/vulnerability assessment, disaster risk reduction (DRR)/climate change adaptation (CCA) process, climate resilient agricultural development, disaster preparedness and early warning, low carbon solutions, and the global and national policy response to climate change. There is a specific focus on building professional networks to support these processes.
Upon completion of the course, participants are equipped to undertake many of the activities that are necessary to strengthen climate change resilience, and be sufficiently aware and knowledgeable to generate support for these actions within their agencies and networks. The program helps them to efficiently interact and network with direct stakeholders and other interested parties at different levels. Participants will be provided with certificates for successful completion.
The trainings are conducted using a range of interactive teaching methods including lectures, participatory discussions, and case studies among others. Participants are encouraged to share their own experience of developing responses to complex environmental challenges – including climate change – in their area. The courses also include field visits organized in association with our partners and collaborators in research, practice, and media.
The interactions between participants form a key part of the knowledge exchange and learning process, and contribute to the development of a network of development professionals who are engaged in addressing climate change and sustainable development. We develop a detailed training module and participants are provided with a reading package. The participants also get access to the web-based knowledge hub of ECAS and the ICCA/UoN libraries.
The target audience for the course is individuals studying and working in energy, agriculture, tourism, health, water, education, transport sectors. Participants may be policy makers, practitioners, civil servants, and undergraduate or postgraduate students of closely-related disciplines. We envisage a class size of 10 on the minimum and 20 on the maximum.
The course involves seminar-format, one-on-one lessons, short quizzes and final assessments. Each lesson requires about one to three hours of study. All assessments are in the form of multiple-choice questions. Broad topics covered in our trainings are as follows:
- Understanding Climate change: Science, impacts, adaptation, mitigation and gender dimension of climate change
- Climate Change Policy and Legislative Frameworks
- Gender and Climate Change
- Energy and Climate Change
- Agriculture and Climate Change
- Health and Climate Change and
- Water and Climate Change
- Forestry and Biodiversity and Climate Change,
- Response to Climate Change: Adaptation and Mitigation
- Mainstreaming of Climate change into Gender, development plans
Our venues vary but mostly in Nairobi
The training takes between 2 to 5 days altogether; in each month. The training sessions are organized during weekdays (with special agreements, on weekends)
The registration cost is categorized under students, graduates, and professionals. The cost is highly subsidized so that as many people get to attend the training and be informed and capacitated.
Scholarship and Bursaries
Depending on the external support/financial assistance, best performing participants are awarded partial/full scholarships to register for a Masters Course at the Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation plus opportunities to attend seminars and conferences organized by our partners.
Collaboration with the Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation of the University of Nairobi.
Renowned experts from the government, academia and think-tanks facilitate the training