CBA13: hands-on workshops and interactive dialogue

Event, 1 April 2019 to 4 April 2019

An innovative, interactive programme aims to foster connections, develop synergies and promote local action on climate resilience.

CBA13 will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's rapidly growing economic centre (Photo: Juha Uito, Creative Commons via Flickr)

The 13th international conference on Community-based Adaptation (CBA13), to be held in Ethiopia from 1-4 April 2019, will feature hands-on workshop sessions, an adaptation ideas marketplace, skill shares and the opportunity to develop pitches for business investment in adaptation initiatives. 

The conference theme is 'Local solutions inspiring global action', and the programme encourages participants to come together to devise practical solutions for locally driven climate action, and to build their skills for influencing policy and getting financial support. The event is expected to attract some 300 CBA practitioners, researchers and policymakers from around the world.

The innovative programme has been designed to support and strengthen the international CBA community by encouraging delegates to network, find synergies and work together in informal ways.

Crowd-sourcing conference sessions

Part of the event programme will be 'crowd sourced': delegates will have the opportunity to influence the programme design when they register for the event.

Participants will be able to  

  • Showcase lived their experiences, tools and adaptation initiatives
  • Raise 'burning issues' in informal discussion sessions
  • Share and trade expertise in areas such as communications and project planning, and
  • Develop pitches for investor funding.

Innovative session styles

The programme features a combination of parallel sessions and plenary sessions, including:

icon for marketplace sessionsMarketplace sessions

Participants become 'stall holders': they tell the story of a tool or approach they have developed, their learning and insights from their experiences (failure and success) – setting out their understanding of what works. This is a dynamic session; participants can visit a limited number of stalls during the time allowed.

icon for skillshare sessionsSkill share sessions 

Taking full advantage of the expertise available at CBA13, these sessions match participants with skills to offer with those seeking to acquire or strengthen their skills and knowledge base. Sessions of 30, 60 or 90 minutes are crowd-sourced through the registration process, and as long as someone signs up, the session is delivered.

icon for Open Space sessionsOpen space sessions for 'Burning issues' and 'Big ideas'

These sessions are organised by the participants to discuss burning issues that haven’t been addressed in earlier sessions or big ideas they want to develop with others. Starting from opening circles, participants merge topics around overlapping interests or start new clusters, each run by a champion with the passion to lead. 

icon for thematic sessionsThematic  sessions 

Providing an opportunity to delve deeper into the conference themes, these sessions will be facilitated in order to encourage group discussion, debate and interaction, and will avoid unidirectional Powerpoint presentations and panels (in particular, all male 'manels'). All thematic sessions are co-led by at least two organisations.

icon for dragons' den sessionsDragons' Den  

Participants will work together to develop investment pitches (such as a business plan to invest in adaptation technology) and present these to a group of people with investment experience. The investors will assess the merits and viability of the pitches and provide feedback in a final, competition-style plenary session. (Dragons' Den is the name of a globally recognised TV programme in which the investors are the 'dragons'.)

Next steps

CBA13 takes place in Addis Ababa from 1-4 April:

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Find out more: about CBA13

Read about last year's conference.

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