CBA13: Local solutions inspiring global action 

The 13th international conference on Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA13) took place in Ethiopia from 1-4 April 2019, and had the theme: "Local solutions inspiring global action'.

A government scheme to employ people to build water management infrastructure has supported Ethiopian smallholders and saved water for growing crops. (Photo: Stephan Bachenheimer / World Bank)

CBA13 brought together practitioners, grassroots representatives, local and national government planners, policymakers and donors working at all levels and scales to discuss how we can drive ambition for a climate-resilient future. 

The conference took place on 1-4 April 2019 in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, and offered four days of discussion and debates, skill shares and knowledge exchanges.

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Aims

The CBA conference series aims to bring together a community of practitioners who are collectively seeking to reimagine solutions that enable transformative outcomes through the agency of communities driving climate action. 

The conferences offer an innovative and interactive space, enabling the CBA network to promote climate action through:  

  • Inclusive, gender-transformative and meaningful engagement 
  • Sharing and collaborating around good practice and challenging assumptions 
  • Drawing on evidence to inform the scalability of effective approaches, and  
  • Influencing and shaping decision making processes. 

Themes

The conference had three key themes: 

There were a mix of sessions in different formats, including: 

  • Marketplace sessions 
  • Skill share sessions 
  • Open space sessions for 'Burning issues' and 'Big ideas'
  • Thematic sessions  
  • Dragons' Den  sessions

Parts of the programme was 'crowd sourced': delegates had the opportunity to submit session proposals when they register. 

What's so good about CBA conferences? Read testimonials from previous participants.

Outline programme

1 April
8:00-8:30Check in
8:30-10:15Plenary – Opening and introduction to the programme
10:15-10:35Break
10:35-12:15Plenary – Where are we and where are we going?
12:15-13:15Lunch
13:15-15:00Plenary – Market Place
15:00-15:20Break
15:20-17:00

Parallel sessions, including:

  • Using technology to promote gender responsive or transformative adaptation to climate change
  • Open networking space

Further sessions to come – submit your sessions when you register!

19:00Welcome dinner
2 April
8:30-10:15Plenary – Talanoa
10:15-10:35Break
10:35-12:15

Parallel sessions, including:

  • Working with the UNFCCC in using “technology” to deliver action on climate change
  • Open networking space

Further sessions to come – submit your sessions when you register!

12:15-13:15Lunch
13:15-15:00

Plenary – Marketplace speed rounds

15:00-15:20Break
15:00-17:00

Parallel sessions, including:

  • Skills share
  • Two Dragons Den pitch development sessions
  • Open networking space

Further sessions to come – submit your sessions when you register!

3 April
8:30-10:15Plenary
10:15-10:35Break
10:35-12:15

Parallel sessions, including

  • Mobilising the private sector to invest in and implement adaptation actions
  • Film session
  • Open networking space

Further sessions to come – submit your sessions when you register!

12:15-13:15Lunch
13:15-15:00

Parallel sessions, including

  • Conflict between ‘new’ and ‘existing’ technologies
  • Two Dragons’ Den pitch development sessions
  • Open networking space

Further sessions to come – submit your sessions when you register!

15:00-15:20Break
15:00-17:00Plenary – Marketplace speed rounds
4 April
8:30-10:15Plenary
10:15-10:35Break
10:35-12:15

Parallel sessions, including

  • Skills share session
  • Open networking space
Further sessions to come – submit your sessions when you register!
12:15-13:15Lunch
13:15-15:00Plenary - Dragons’ Den presentations
15:00-15:20Break
15:00-17:00Plenary – Where we are going?
17:00Close

The programme (PDF) was designed to reflect the experiences and work of our participants. This ‘frequently asked questions’ (FAQ) page set out how they could help to shape the programme for the event.

Coverage and outreach

The CBA conferences are part of an ongoing process that is designed to keep the CBA community of practice engaged throughout the year, and the outcomes from CBA13 will inform our policy engagement during 2019. In this blog, IIED’s Sam Greene explains how the CBA conferences have evolved and how the CBA community will seek to engage, not just as part of one annual event, but through policy processes the year round.

Key messages from last year's conference in Malawi were carried forward to the Development and Climate Days event at the UN climate talks (COP24) last year. CBA12 partners helped shape the conversations at the event.

We will work to ensure that the messages from CBA13 reach our target audiences and will be fed into key international processes. We will provide full coverage of the conference via the web and social media – read more on our coverage of CBA12

About the organisers

CBA is organised in partnership, by IIED and CARE, the Climate Justice Resilience Fund, the Global Resilience Partnership, Irish AidPractical Action and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre.

Contact

If you have any questions about the conference or about registration, please email cbaconference@iied.org.