CCAFS-ILRI Workshop on Communications and Social Learning in Climate Change

8-10 May 2012
ILRI Campus, Addis Ababa

Working group: Time scales



This group was represented by: Ben Garside.


(During the 'foundational' workshop of May 2012, five priority change areas were identified, which later formed a major part of the CCSL agenda - as mentioned in a synthesis paper published after the workshop. This page relates the unpolished discussion notes from the working group that defined the agenda for this change area, for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security [CCAFS] and more broadly for the CCSL group. Each of these five change areas remains an important aspect of the CCSL strategy).

See the working group presentations:

Presentation

Climate change = long-term problem that needs adaptation by stakeholders now
How do these relate to the time horizons of different actors?
How can long-term considerations be brought into short-term concerns and action?

Theory of change
  • Why? Adaptive capacity will be limited if long-term changes are not considered
  • How? Long-term considerations should be addressed through short-term incentives of relevance and interest to stakeholders for their engagement
  • Example of a tool to enrich existing projects through social learning processes and make them more effective by connecting short-term relevance to longer term understanding of climate change and ability to adapt

Time horizons evaluation tool
  • Activities (sequenced): Commission research into time horizons building on state of the art (risk management, psychology, behavioural economics)
  • Specific scale / who is targeted: CCAFS site + sub-national/hub level (coffee under pressure) + national (scenarios)
  • Where (optional): Makueni, Nyando
  • Who plays what role: Topic experts, project organizers, stakeholders
  • Time needed to do it: 6 person/months research, 1-3 person/months testing + travel
  • Funding ballpark: 100K USD
  • Social differentiation: Target different groups

Incentives framework
  • Activities (sequenced): Commission research building into incentives based on state of the art (psych, eco, risk + development social science)
  • Specific scale / who is targeted: Retro-apply to scenarios, coffee under pressure, on-going risk management projects
  • Where (optional): CCAFS target regions
  • Who plays what role: Topic experts, project organizers, stakeholders
  • Time needed to do it: 3 person/months research, 1-3 person/months testing + research
  • Funding ballpark: 70K USD
  • Social differentiation: Target different groups

Evaluating change
  • Activities (sequenced): Applying the tool to evaluate impacts
  • Specific scale / who is targeted: Previously involved projects
  • Where (optional): CCAFS target regions
  • Who plays what role: Topic experts, project organizers, stakeholders
  • Time needed to do it: 6 person/months research person/months testing + research
  • Funding ballpark: 60K USD
  • Social differentiation: Target different groups


Feedback from the peer review group

  • The scenario should look at short term priorities and needs and link those with longer time adaptive capacity;
  • Q: You should rephrase the incentive framework, it needs to be clear, incentives should be proactive, people should be motivated enough, have you dealt this issues in your discussions?
    • A: We have discussed about different stakeholders and different time horizons, the short term needs and the long term need in the time frame, linking the needs and the incentives for bigger picture.

  • and link those to longer time adaptive capacity;
  • Aspiration and goals should be looked at for incentives criteria;
  • You need to expand a bit on the incentive framework.

Previous minutes (from the plenary session)

  • Climate change is a long term problem that needs adaptation by stakeholders
  • The response to climate change requires action by stakeholders now, but how do we evaluate this with different horizons, with short and longer term actions?
  • There is a problem of understanding policy and resource problems.
Activities:
  • Time horizons evaluation tool
  • Incentives framework
  • Evaluating change
Anticipated outcomes:
  • Projects are better linked to stakeholder needs as well as short/medium term development objectives.