UNDP Workshop Formulates Assistance Programme for Adaptation in Africa

UNDP18 June 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Practice Team experts in gender, capacity development, poverty reduction, learning (LRC), and knowledge management, took part in a workshop in Dakar, Senegal, from 14-18 June 2010, to formulate an integrated programme of technical assistance in support of the Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP).

Ian Rector, Programme Manager of the AAP, explained that workshop participants worked out how to meet the immediate and longer term capacity development needs and demands of UNDP's partner countries. He added that, by uniting efforts, UNDP aims to reduce the demands on governments that are overwhelmed by the number of climate-related projects, while increasing the quality of technical assistance. AAP is also working with the UNDP South-South Cooperation Team on the design of a parallel advocacy and awareness programme.

The AAP is a flagship programme of UNDP, helping 20 countries in Africa develop their capability to design and implement holistic climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DDR) programmes that are aligned with their national development priorities. The Programme, which is part of the Yokohama Action Plan of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), was launched in December 2008 under the Japan-UNDP Joint Framework for Building Partnership to Address Climate Change in Africa with funding of US$92 million from the Government of Japan. [Africa Adaptation Programme Website]