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Gender-Sensitive Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis (GCVCA)

Practitioner’s Guide

The GCVCA practitioners guidebook provides a framework for analyzing vulnerability and capacity to adapt to climate change and build resilience to disasters at the community level, with a particular focus on social and in particular gender dynamics, based on experiences of using the approach in Mozambique. It incorporates and builds on content from the Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis (CVCA) Handbook, which has been used and adapted in different ways since its initial release in 2009, within CARE and with other organizations. Feedback on its strengths and weaknesses often included demand for more specific guidance on applying the approach in a more gender-sensitive way.

Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis

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The GCVCA Practitioners Guide is designed to help conduct a process that stimulates analysis and dialogue about climate change and the conditions and drivers of vulnerability different socio- economic groups find themselves in, in a given community setting, with particular focus on gender dynamics. It uses guiding questions to examine factors at multiple levels through a variety of tools to gather information. It is designed to be flexible so that the learning process can be adapted to suit the needs of particular users.

What the GCVCA Practitioner’s Guide will not do:

The GCVCA guide is not meant to guide the entire process of developing a project or designing an advocacy campaign. Rather, it is intended to help create the understanding of a particular context for either of these undertakings, and to provide suggestions on types of actions to support community-based adaptation to climate change. It is also important to note that the GCVCA methodology is not designed to quantify vulnerability or provide results that can be generalised to regional or national levels. However, qualitative information from the GCVCA can be used to design or complement quantitative surveys, if desired.