Posted on October 10, 2014 by Eva Schiffer
Farmers in Ethiopia (picture credit Stevie Mann, ILRI)
… and what role their formal and informal networks play in this.
Let me share some of the work my former colleagues at IFPRI have been doing with Net-Map. This is the result of their field work in Ethiopia and Kenya, looking at the strategies and networks of stakeholders in their adaptation to climate change. They point to the challenges of taking action and innovating in a highly centralized system, where success and failure lies on the shoulders of a burdened few and there is little communication between other actors. And they highlight the risk of having self-perpetuating discussions in the high offices of powerful local and international elites, with little direct relevance or contact to those men and women who have to deal with the effects of climate change on their farms on a daily basis. Read the full Kenya and Ethiopia reports here. And if you want to share your Net-Map work, whether it is an extensive PhD research or a brief field report, please contact me so that I can share it with the wider Net-Mapping community.
If you want to read more in general about effects of climate change on the people in Kenya and Ethiopia, this article in the Guardian about the ongoing drought in Kenya paints a painful picture of the day-to-day realities on the ground
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Posted on April 30, 2014 by Eva Schiffer
The Fairview Hotel in Nairobi, where the training will be held
It started with a simple request many months ago: Kentice Tikolo of the Kenya based strategy communications firm Impact Africa asked me: What do I need to do to learn Net-Map? Many conversations and a lot of planning sessions later the question has become a much bigger one and so has the answer. So, the question now is: How can I bring Net-Map to Kenya and create an opportuntity for myself and others in the region to learn it? And the answer is our first Net-Map training in Nairobi. My colleague Amit Nag will travel to Kenya to teach this three day course (May 21-23) that includes the methodological background, hands-on pen-and-paper facilitation practice and an introduction in how to computerize the maps and get started with more quantitative analysis.
The training is open to anyone who is interested and a few open spots are still remaining. The cost is 875 US$ per person. And for sign up or request more information, please contact Kentice directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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