The Adaptation Learning Program (ALP) aimed to increase the capacity of vulnerable households in sub-Saharan Africa to adapt to increasing and uncertain climate change and climate variability. The overarching goal of ALP was to increase the capacity of vulnerable households in Sub-Saharan Africa to adapt to climate variability and change. From 2010 to 2017, ALP worked with communities, government institutions and civil society organizations in Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique and Niger with outreach to other African countries.

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Adaptation Learning Program Factsheet

ALP developed innovative community-based adaptation (CBA) approaches and strategies with farming and pastoralist communities, and promotes their integration into local and national government systems and programs. Adoption at scale was achieved by generating evidence of impact and good practices for CBA, building capacity and influencing development and adaptation policy and finance nationally and globally. ALP’s work focused on gender equality, strengthening adaptive capacity, access to useful climate information, multi-stakeholder decision-making and facilitation of learning for climate resilient agriculture, risk reduction and resilience across Africa.

The main activities of ALP included:

  • Developing and applying innovative approaches to Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) to generate best practice models;
  • Empowering local communities and civil society organizations to have a voice in decision-making on adaptation;
  • Promoting best practice models for CBA among adaptation practitioners; and
  • Influencing national, regional and international adaptation policies and plans.

Gender equality and diversity constituted a particular focus for the ALP. Activities were targeted to ensure that benefits reached people in the most vulnerable socio-economic groups. The program promoted the rights and responsibilities of men, women and others in adaptation activities. It empowered people in the most vulnerable socio-economic groups to take concrete action and to raise their voices in local, national and international planning and policymaking processes on adaptation.