The Climate and Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance (CDRFI) and Impactful Civil Society Engagement Learning Journey gives an introduction to climate and disaster risk finance and insurance (CDRFI) and the political processes surrounding it. The training presents conceptual and policy frameworks, laying the ground for CDRFI, and shows how approaches in this context are functioning in practice. It further demonstrates how CDRFI can be integrated in national policy frameworks and provides insight on CSO engagement and advocacy strategies at the national, regional and international levels. Finally, it sheds light on potential benefits, limitations and challenges of CDRFI solutions. 

By the end of the training, learners should have more resources to engage in a meaningful and critical way in CDRFI programs. 

This Learning Journey is based on an adaptation of the comprehensive eLearning course “Foundations of Climate and Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance (CDRFI) and Impactful Civil Society Engagement”, provided by Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) and United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) under the project “Multi-Actor Partnership (MAP) on Climate and Disaster Risk Financing and Preparedness in the Context of the InsuResilience Global Partnership” funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). CARE Climate & Resilience Academy is solely responsible for the content of this Learning Journey. 

Who can enroll?

The main target group of this training are civil society organizations that want to work in the field of CDRFI. This Learning Journey is available specifically for all members of the Multi-Actor Partnerships on CDRFI.

About the “Multi-Actor Partnership (MAP) on Climate and Disaster Risk Financing and Preparedness in the Context of the InsuResilience Global Partnership” project (2019–2022 / 2023-2025). 

Funded by the German Federal Ministry for Development and Economic Cooperation (BMZ) with support from Engagement Global, the project aimed to strengthen the technical understanding of CDRFI solutions and spur an effective collaboration between civil society organizations, governments and private sector stakeholders at the national and international level. MAPs have been initiated and partially established in Bangladesh, the Caribbean, Malawi, Madagascar, the Philippines, Senegal and Sri Lanka through local project partners with support from CARE Germany, MCII and Germanwatch.

 What is the course format?

This Learning Journey consists of seven modules, featuring mixed media content, including expert videos and case studies, and provide additional reading to dig deeper into the different topics. After each module, students take a short quiz, complete an assignment and are invited to engage with fellow learners in the course forum to reflect on their personal experience. After successful completion of the course, students will be awarded a personalized certificate issued by the CARE Climate & Resilience Academy, supported by MCII, ICSC, and SLYCAN Trust.

What will I learn?

Modules

  • Welcome Module
  • Module 1: An introduction to climate and disaster risk finance and insurance
  • Module 2: Climate and Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance in practice
  • Module 3: CDRFI integration in national policy frameworks and CSO advocacy
  • Module 4: CSO Engagement and advocacy strategies at the regional and international levels
  • Module 5: CDRFI potential benefits, limitations, and challenges
  • Wrap-up

How much time do I need to give?

The CDRFI Learning Journey is a 14-week online training course. It is designed to be compatible with individuals already working full-time, as it only requires a time commitment of 2 days per month.

A new module will open every two weeks. You will be able to progress through each 2-week module at your own pace, completing required reading and assignments by the end of the 2-week period before the next module opens. Please note that there will be live webinars held during the training. These will run for 1.5 hours.

Will I get a certificate?

At the end of the course, you will get a certificate if you have successfully completed 80% of all the assignments and quizzes and have participated in at least half of the live webinars.

Who are some of the facilitators?

Chikondi Chabvuta is a Southern Africa Region Advocacy Advisor for CARE International. She has experience in Climate Justice, Climate Advocacy and Disaster Risk Reduction & Climate Adaptation. She is based in Lilongwe and supports countries across Southern Africa on program and policy advocacy work related to climate change, food insecurity and women’s economic empowerment. She has conducted sessions and trainings on Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction, emergency preparedness and response, for government and non-government agencies.

Sven Harmeling is one of the facilitators of this Learning Journey. Sven is responsible for developing and coordinating CARE’s advocacy and policy work relating to climate change (particularly in regard to global UN climate change policy processes), assisting CARE offices in climate-related advocacy as well as considering climate change in CARE’s overall advocacy work. His key areas of work include adaptation, loss and damage, climate finance (including the Adaptation Fund and the Green Climate Fund).

Magdalena Mirwald is an associate project manager at the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) and United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU EHS). She coordinates the Multi-Actor Partnerships for Climate and Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance (MAPs). The partnerships promote dialogue between civil society, government, research, and the private sector to make disaster risk financing instruments more impactful and targeted towards the needs of climate-vulnerable communities.

Still have questions?

Please reach out to Nadia or Diana at climateandresilience-academy@careinternational.org.