CBA14: How you can help design the programme

We are developing a highly interactive programme for CBA14, with sessions delivered by participants that will generate maximum opportunities for networking and sharing.

Women stallholders in small boats

Bangkok’s big floating markets are major tourist attractions - but there are also many active markets for local people. CBA14 will have a marketplace too. (Photo: Azchael, via Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 3.0)

The CBA14 conference planning team postponed May's CBA14 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and it has now been rescheduled for 21-24 September. It is hoped this will still be in Bangkok, Thailand, but we are still working to confirm the arrangements. We will keep you updated with information as it becomes available. In the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact if you have any queries.

The 14th International Conference on Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA14) will feature an adaptation marketplace, skill share sessions, hands-on workshops and the chance to develop and present pitches for business investment in adaptation projects.

CBA14 will bring together some 300 CBA practitioners, researchers, donors and policymakers from around the world.

Help deliver conference sessions!

Participants can submit proposals for sessions. You can:

  • Showcase lived 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
  • Practice developing pitches for funding.

The CBA14 programme will feature a combination of plenary sessions and parallel sessions, including:

icon for marketplace sessionsMarketplace sessions

Participants can have stalls at the conference, and during the plenary Marketplace session, 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 brief good-practice narratives that showcase innovation and lived experience. 

icon for skillshare sessionsSkill share sessions 

CBA conferences bring together people with lots of different expert skills. These sessions match delegates with particular skills with those seeking to acquire or strengthen their skills and knowledge. Sessions of 30, 60 or 90 minutes are crowd-sourced, and can cover topics such as monitoring and evaluation, accessing climate finance, developing proposals, and communication activities. As long as someone signs up, the session is delivered.

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

Discuss burning issues that haven’t been addressed elsewhere, or highlight big ideas 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. They will avoid unidirectional presentations and panels (in particular, all male 'manels'). Thematic sessions are co-led by at least two organisations.

icon for dragons' den sessionsDragons' Den  

Participants will work together in teams to develop bids for investment (for example, a business plan for a new adaptation technology) and present these to a group of people with investment experience. The investment experts will assess the merits and viability of the pitches and provide feedback to the teams in a final, competition-style plenary session. (The session name 'Dragons' Den' comes from  a popular TV programme in which the investors are the 'dragons'.)

How to apply to run a session

Use these links to apply to host different types of sessions: 

Please note: we receive a lot of session proposals – sessions will be assessed by the Programming Group, and we will let you know whether you have been successful. 

Be interviewed

Participating in a filmed interview is an opportunity for your voice to be heard. We featured videos of participants in our CBA13 coverage and published a playlist of CBA13 interviews on YouTube

If you would like to participate in a video interview, email us at

Connect with the CBA community

Join the conversation on Twitter

During the conference you can tell your supporters about what’s happening using the hashtag #CBA14. You can also tweet us your questions and comments – to @IIED – and we will try to include these in the discussions.

Join the weADAPT online platform

weADAPT is a collaborative platform on climate change adaptation issues that links people working on climate adaptation.

Connect with CBA practitioners via Linkedin

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

About the organisers 

CBA14 is organised by CARE, the Climate Justice Resilience Fund, the Global Resilience PartnershipIrish AidPractical Action and IIED, in collaboration with BRAC.


If you have any questions about how you can participate in CBA14, contact us via email: