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Online event: Promoting leadership opportunities for Southern climate researchers (19 January 2021)

Dear Colleague,

Future Climate For Africa (FCFA) will be hosting a rich and interactive discussion on the barriers and enablers to improving Southern leadership and how these lessons can inform improved design models for future programmes.

DATE: Tuesday, 19 January 2021 TIME: 15:00 to 16:30 (SAST)

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ABOUT THE EVENT A strong Southern presence in leadership positions is commonly attributed towards ensuring that research collaborations have an impact on the ground. However, there still remains a significant capacity gap between Northern and Southern institutions (and in some cases researchers’ capacity). Existing programme design can limit Southern partners’ ability to actively and effectively contribute towards the design of the projects as well as take up more leadership positions. In this learning session, it is important to acknowledge the well-supported link between leadership and capacity, particularly when capacity extends beyond the abilities of individuals, and into organisations and systems.

Through the experiences of Future Climate For Africa (FCFA), the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) programmes and session participants, we hope to share lessons from the successes and failures of existing efforts to answer the following questions:
  • What should equitable leadership look like?
  • How do we best facilitate capacity development within individuals, stakeholders and institutions?
  • What changes are needed to create a more inclusive environment that supports long-term capacity development activities?

The learning session will provide insight into the experiences of Southern researchers involved in international multi-consortia research and development programmes (FCFA, CARIAA and CDKN) and will engage with participants during the breakout sessions.


  • Margaret Angula, University of Namibia (CDKN)
  • Genito Maure, Eduardo Mondlane University (FCFA)
  • Lucia Scodanibbio, SouthSouthNorth (CARIAA)
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