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Building Multi-Stakeholder Process for Climate Change Adaptation in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Adaptation Learning Programme (ALP), implemented in Africa by CARE International, supported communities and local governments to use seasonal climate forecasts and information on climatic uncertainty for decision-making, as part of the community-based adaptation (CBA) approach. Participatory Scenario Planning (PSP) is a key component of the ALP CBA approach, providing a multi-stakeholder learning platform that is integrated into development planning and adaptation processes. Seasonal PSP processes facilitate flexible, weather-based planning using forecasts, and thus enables different actors to adapt to seasonal variability, while at the same time building evidence and capacity for longer term adaptation planning. The PSP process has created a platform where local voices reach the government, and the government can forge partnerships and better apply its resources.