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

8-10 May 2012
ILRI Campus, Addis Ababa



Blog posts from the workshop:

Download the draft background paper and annexes

Overall workshop aims:

  • Develop investment priorities and a strategy to guide CCAFS engagement in this area
  • Identify research gaps that CCAFS and other partners could address.

Specific workshop objectives:

In terms of communication and social learning approaches and tools, and framed within a wider mapping of what others are doing, by the end of the workshop we will:
  1. Identify and prioritize issues where further understanding and research is needed to ensure more robust and successful social learning and communication strategies and interventions on adaptation, mitigation and risk at the local level
  2. Have a clear understanding of the strengths, weaknesses and possibilities of existing approaches and tools that may contribute to a CCAFS theme 4 strategic agenda
  3. Identify and prioritize gaps in communicating complex information and sharing knowledge on climate change issues that CCAFS is best suited to address, itself or through collaboration and synergies with others.
  4. Set out the main elements of a CCAFS strategy to strengthen local decisions on climate change, agriculture and food security
  5. Define priority activities for CCAFS - and others - to implement this strategy
  6. Develop key pathways of engagement with partners, networks and organizations to help develop and implement the proposed strategy and to forge the optimum environment for knowledge sharing on local climate change and adaptation
  7. Identify potential donors that could be approached to leverage additional funding for this multi-year activity


Tuesday 8 May
Session / Activity
Registration and networking
Coffee / tea break
  • Welcome and introduction of the workshop (Philip & Wiebke)
  • Introduction of participants, workshop objectives and agenda (Ewen)
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presentation: Climate change communication and social learning (Liz & Blane)
Plenary discussion: Clarifications, boundaries and focus of this workshop
Lunch break
  • Introduction of main research gaps (reminder)
  • Group work: Discuss research gaps (present and missing) and CCAFS opportunities
  • Plenary discussion and on major research gaps and opportunities that CCAFS is well placed to address
Coffee / tea break
  • Coming back to the mapping of key research gaps - mentioning some interesting tools and approaches
  • Group work
    • Identify tools and approaches (mentioned/covered in the paper or not) that are well placed to address gaps
    • Identify where CCAFS could take a lead, work with partners, share information or play a more restricted/no role - looking at preconditions to work on the gaps at larger scale and the rationale for CCAFS to focus on these tools/initiatives
  • Plenary mapping of and commentary on lead investment opportunities
Close and reflections for the day
Ethiopian Dinner on Campus

Wednesday 9 May
Session / Activity
Recap from Tuesday and introduction of Wednesday's program
Group work on 'what is the value of social learning and communication for climate change?'
Coffee / tea break
Presentation of CCAFS's vision of impact and social learning work
Lunch break
Group work on what should be the five priority changes that CCAFS should focus on.
Template for group work:
  • What are the main changes you would like to see?
  • What activities could get us there?
  • What should CCAFS certainly NOT do among these activities?
Plenary feedback on the group work (see 'group work')
Coffee / tea break
Group work: Detailed action planning on the priority investment areas
Template for group work:
  • Activities (sequenced)
  • Specific scale / who is targeted
  • Where (optional)
  • Who plays what role
  • Time needed to do it
  • Funding ballpark
  • Social differentiation
Plenary: Reflections from the CCAFS team on the past two days/ How does this fit with theme milestones over the next 5 years?
Close and reflections for the day
Departure for reception at the German Bier Garten

Thursday 10 May
Parallel presentations of group work plans (x5)
  • 3 min presentation
  • 12 min feedback (critique of the presentation for improvement)
  • 15 min work further on plan back in original team
Time scales group reviews doing it at CG/CCAFS group, which reviews ‘supporting endogenous SL’ which reviews social differentiation, which reviews documenting/testing group, which reviews Time scales.
Coffee / tea break
Plenary session: Engaging with technical and financial partners (How do they fit in and what could they do?)
(Possibly rehearsal of the main presentation)
Reflections and next steps (where do we go from here?)
Lunch with visitors
Plenary session with partners and interested parties:
  • Presenting main components of the CCAFS strategy - what we have worked on and where we think we are heading
  • Reality check: Is this useful for the development community? What have we missed? Potential partners? Potential donors?
Plenary discussion based on integrated presentation:
Dragons involved:
  • Bruno Gerard
  • Manuel Flury
  • Tilahun Amede
  • Seleshi Bekele
  • Gijs van't Klooster
  • Axel Weiser

Feedback from Dragons
Close of the workshop
  • Short evaluation
  • Closing remarks, conclusions and thank you's
Coffee / tea break
Internal CCAFS wrap up and way forward
Zebu ‘mesheta’ – social event in the Zebu Club