CBA13 FAQ: how you can participate

Article, 21 February 2019

Help to design CBA13! We want the programme for CBA13 to reflect the experiences and work of our participants. This ‘frequently asked questions’ (FAQ) page sets out how you can contribute to this event.

Ethiopia has suffered severe droughts in recent years. Community projects to managing water resources are vital to building climate resilience (Photo: Freweni Gebre Mariam/IFPRI, Creative Commons via Flickr)

The 13th international conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA13) will be a highly interactive event featuring contributions from participants. Here are some of the ways that you can get involved:

Apply to run a session

The programme for CBA13 (PDF) includes a range of different session types. We are crowd-sourcing the parallel sessions, and you can apply to host a session on any of the four conference days. 

What session types can I apply for?

  • Thematic sessions
  • Marketplace sessions: present brief good-practice narratives that showcase innovation, lived experience and tools
  • Skills share: join a skills clinic to exchange knowledge and share expertise on topics such as monitoring and evaluation, accessing climate finance, developing proposals, and communications. 

Please note: we expect to receive a lot of session proposals sessions will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis!

How do I apply?

You must register to attend CBA13 before you can apply to run a session. After you have registered, we will send you full details about the session types and how you can apply. 

What are the criteria?

You must be registered to attend CBA13 and your session proposal must meet the criteria for the respective session type. 

What is the deadline?

There is no deadline, but we do expect session slots to go quickly.

When will I find out whether I’ve succeeded?

We will let you know two weeks before CBA13.

Tell your story: submit a short film about your project 

Are you having video showings?

Yes, we will show short films submitted by participants on day three of the conference. By submitting a film, participants agree to have their films made accessible on IIED's YouTube channel

How do we submit a video?

If you would like to submit a video, please tell us when you register and we will email you with further details.

What are the requirements?

Although you may have published your film on YouTube or Vimeo, internet connections can be unreliable. Please bring a copy of your video on a USB stick. Ideally, MP4 format would be best. 

Be interviewed

I've got a good story to tell about community adaptation. How can I share it? 

Participating in a filmed interview is an opportunity for your voice to be heard. You can watch the video playlist from CBA12 and see participants reflect on key sessions. IIED will be interviewing CBA13 delegates about how they are working on CBA. If you would like to participate in a video interview, email us at

Connect to the CBA community

How do I join the conversation on Twitter?

During CBA13 you can tell your supporters about what’s happening using the hashtag #CBA13.

You can also tweet us your questions and comments – to @IIED – and we will try to include these in the discussions.

How can I connect with other CBA practitioners?

Join the CBA LinkedIn group to connect with other participants, join discussions and share details of your organisation’s work. 

How can we support CBA13?

Sponsor delegates from the global South

IIED is seeking to make CBA13 as inclusive as possible. We want to bring people together from all walks of life to share their lived experiences of climate challenges and community action to adapt.

We are seeking support to be able to offer full subsidies for students and practitioners from community organisations in the global South who may not have the resources to attend. 

If your organisation would like to help with this worthwhile aim, please email Teresa Sarroca (

We will publicise your support for CBA13 on our website and throughout the conference.

How can I find out about travel and visas and accommodation?

We have published travel and visa information on the CBA13 Eventbrite page

We always encourage participants to process their travel visas ahead of time. Please visit the Ethiopian government website to apply for your visa as soon as possible. 

If there is an option of an on-arrival visa for your nationality, we strongly encourage you to do this – and please note that it is still your responsibility to bring all necessary documents, as outlined in the guidelines set out in the Ethiopian ministry website. If you need an official visa letter for visa-on-arrival, please contact with your passport information before 17 March. 

We will send you further details about the venue and accommodation when you register.

Whom can I contact for more information?

If you have any questions about the event, please contact

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