The Inclusive Climate Change Adaptation for a Sustainable Africa (ICCASA) is a nonprofit African based development organization committed to building resilience amongst communities in Africa through a gender-transformative approach. Together with Partners, ICCASA is committed to reducing gender inequalities through breakdown deep-rooted gender stereotypes that impede progress towards greater parity.
Headquartered in Nairobi Kenya,the organization is led by a team of gender and climate change experts and an advisory committee from various economic sectors who work hand in hand to address challenges faced by African countries to formulate gender responsive policies that inform effective mainstreaming of gender considerations into all aspects of programme design, implementation and evaluation
To contribute towards building adaptive capacity and enhancing resilience of communities in Africa
To generate data on gender and climate change issues, raise awareness and promote active participation of policy makers to be champions of gender mainstreaming in policies and strategies in the economic sectors that are aligned with climate change
ICCASA capitalizes on building the capacity of policy makers and influencers so as to promote gender mainstreaming in national and regional policies and strategies. This involves capacity building of members of parliament, government officials, sectoral policy making experts and various other stakeholders.
Advocacy acts as a key pillar to ICCASA’s work. This ensures that no one is left behind in the pursuit of gender mainstreaming in climate change policies and strategies. Our advocacy arm is what ensures that each stakeholder is well aware of the role the play and how it contributes to the success of the overall mandate of the organization.
The information gap is quite evident in gender and climate change. ICCASA capitalizes on the comprehensive expertise of the organization’s technical team and network to address this gap. This involves demystifying of national policies and action plans.
Africa’s climate is changing already and failure to limit warming to below 2°C could make the changes in the climate system irreversible often with cataclysmic consequences. In Africa, climate change impacts have the potential to increase the vulnerability, and threaten the livelihoods of, millions of poor people across the continent, many of whom already face exposure to a diversity of challenges, including hunger, gender inequalities, war, terrorism, disease outbreaks and loss of livelihoods. Key climate change impacts include increases in the intensity and/or frequency of prolonged dry spells and associated drought, floods, intense rainfall, and severe dust storms. However, there is a significant variance across the regions and and demographics with regard to vulnerability to these impacts.
The adverse impacts of climate change overly burden Africa’s poorest and the most marginalized segments of society, particularly women, children and indigenous peoples. Gender defined roles in society and sociocultural constraints render the above groups of people disproportionately vulnerable to climate change. Climate change impacts can and is already exacerbate existing gender inequalities. Whereas climate change poses risks to gains made to achieve sustainable development goals in Africa, the efforts at tackling the challenges create opportunities for advancing sound gender transformative policies and actions that gives due recognition to the unique contributions and skills of all members of society. These efforts should include pro-poor and gender-responsive legal and policy reform with the view towards strengthening the resilience of poor and marginalized groups (including women) and empowering them to develop sustainable and climate resilient livelihoods. Therefore, decision makers and development partners at all levels and sectors need to integrate gender perspectives into the planning, financing and implementation of adaptation and mitigation ef- forts. Gender inequalities are constraining and undermining climate change adaptation and mitigation actions across Africa. Those who are vulnerable and marginalized, with limited access to resources and assets, are already facing formidable barriers in adapting to climate change. Ignoring this challenge is maladaptive, as it adds to the vulnerabilities of those already burdened disproportionately and encourages new types of exclusions in Africa. To address the challenges posed by climate change requires that we transform our African societies into fairer and more just communities. Liberating the chains of inequalities, through policies and actions that promote gender-transformative adaptation and mitigation actions, can help achieve this change.