MA programme in Drylands Policy and Climate Change Adaptation
Breaking the cycle of impoverishment of vulnerable communities in the drylands of Africa is the ultimate goal of the new MA programme. This is of particular urgency not only because the geographical location of the drylands puts them on the front-line of global climate change, but also because of the acute lack of understanding policy-makers have of the dynamics of drylands livelihood systems.
The MA will be offered through Kimmage Development Studies Centre (KDSC), Dublin, Ireland. Kimmage will host the programme, which will be a taught MA delivered through a consortium of five other partner institutes, namely: Kimmage DSC, Makelle University, Ethiopia; University of Nairobi, Kenya; Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania; and the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED), UK. These five institutions have come together to offer a unique, collaborative programme based on their shared understanding that supporting adaptation to climate change in the drylands requires a radical rethinking of policy and requires competent, trained professionals to influence appropriate policies for drylands areas and communities.
This programme will commence in 2011.