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Monday, 11 November 2013

Launch of a new climate impacts research capacity in Africa

A sub-Saharan Africa research program was recently launched by the Department for International Development (DFID). This program will be a 5-year climate impact research capacity building program for Climate Impacts Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE).  The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) has implemented this project to  strengthen institutional research and providing 100 research fellowships from 2013-2018. CIRCLE will identify 60 post-PhD and 40 post MSc candidates from selected “home institutions” to undertake structured research skills development through supervised placement in Africa-based “host research institutions.” This will be done in hope to increase the weak existing research capabilities in the areas of climate science and climate change impacts. The research themes will consist of energy, water, agriculture, health, livelihoods, and the political economy of dealing with climate change impacts. DFID views the project as a way of building the capacity of the pan-African scientific institution (AAS).

Source: African Academy of Sciences (AAS)