CBA12: Local experience driving climate action

Malawi will host this year's CBA event in June as experts in locally-driven action that addresses climate challenges share innovation and how to get climate finance behind what works over four days.

A woman farmer in Malawi, surrounded by maize, examines her crop

CBA12 will take place in Lilongwe, Malawi from 11-14 June 2018, and will focus on getting local experience on climate action heard.

Locally-driven action that addresses climate challenges is ever more crucial. The well-established CBA community of practice works on sharing innovation, getting climate finance behind what works and preparing robust narratives to take 'lived experience' from evidence to influence.

CBA12 will bring together the CBA community of practice to 

  • Showcase lived experiences, tools and examples in the CBA market place
  • Put forward and discuss burning issues around key themes in the open space
  • Exchange knowledge and share expertise in the skills clinics on topics such as monitoring & evaluation, accessing climate finance, developing proposals, communications, and more
  • Build pitches with climate investors for innovative finance for locally driven climate adaptation; decentralised climate finance programmes; and adaptation technology investments.

The overarching aim is to achieve inclusive, meaningful community engagement in decision making, in ways that enable opportunities for gender-transformative outcomes. Read more about how CBA12 will benefit the CBA community of practice in this Q&A

A new approach

IIED is bringing a new approach to this years event. The programme will inlude two days of workshops, followed by two days of multi-stakeholder dialogues.

Days one and two will bring practitioners together under three workstreams:

  • Transforming 'lived experience' and local knowledge into evidence that drives better policies and investments
  • Building a shared understanding of effective devolved climate finance, and
  • Innovating in applying adaptation technology.

Policymakers and investors will join for the multi-stakeholder dialogues on days three and four to discuss: how to propose and plan locally-driven climate investments; the enabling environment needed for scaling-out and up; and ways to further strengthen our community of practice.

On day four the UNFCCC and the Least Developed Countries Expert Group will convene the Regional National Adaptation Plans (NAP) Expo as part of CBA12. This follows the Regional NAP Expo programme at CBA11 (PDF), and this year will explore issues including how well locally-driven climate action is working within NAPs.

About the organisers

The CBA12 event is being organised by IIED in partnership with the Climate Justice Resilience Fund, GIZ, the Global Resilience Partnership, the International Development Research CentreIrish Aid and Practical Action.

How to register

This year there are two ticket options:

  • Ticket option 1: Attendance of all four days (11-14 June) – £400
  • Ticket option 2: Attendance of the final two days (13-14 June) – £200

The price includes registration, lunch and refreshments throughout the event, an online information pack for all participants, and an event dinner. But both ticket options exclude travel, accommodation, visa, and travel insurance.

Registrations will close at midnight on 28 May (or sooner if the event reaches capacity).


Visas and accommodation

Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel, accommodation, visa and travel insurance. Once registered we will send out information on the venue and nearby hotels.

You need a visa to enter Malawi as a visitor. You can find details of the application process on the Malawi High Commission website. The Malawi authorities strongly advise you to get a visa before travel. If you can't get a visa before travel, you can get a visa on arrival at any port of entry.

Connect with participants

CBA12 is part of a conversation: there are a range of opportunities to connect with participants and speakers:

  • Join the CBA LinkedIn group to connect with other participants, join discussions and share details of your organisation's work, and
  • Follow and tweet #CBA12 and connect with the organisers on Twitter via @IIED

Previous CBA conferences

Community-based adaptation to climate change (CBA) focuses on empowering communities to use their own knowledge and decision-making processes to take action on climate change. 

The 11th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA11) was held in Kampala, Uganda, and focused on harnessing natural resources and ecosystems for adaptation. More than 300 participants from around the world took part. The event enhanced the capacity of stakeholders to work together to improve the livelihoods of those most vulnerable to climate change.

CBA11 also combined with the UNFCCC Regional NAP Expo for the first time. In parallel sessions (PDF), participants had the opportunity to discuss how to strengthen considerations regarding vulnerable communities, groups and ecosystems under the process to formulate and implement National Adaptation Plans.

Find out more about previous CBA conferences.


If you have any questions about the event or registration, email

Full terms and conditions, including the refund and cancellation policy, are available on the CBA12 Eventbrite registration page.

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