From principles to practice: commitments from donor organisations – first episode of new podcast mini-series

News, 13 May 2021
At the start of 2021, 40 governments and leading organisations endorsed eight principles for locally led adaptation. As the number of endorsers grows, IIED has launched an innovative podcast mini-series to explore what this commitment will mean in practice.



Following the 2021 Climate Adaptation Summit, where governments and leading organisations committed to support the eight principles for locally led adaptation, IIED has launched ‘Locally led adaptation – a time for action’, a mini-series of three podcasts.

In the first episode, ‘From principles to practice: commitments from donor organisations’, IIED’s Aditya Bahadur is joined by representatives of three donor organisations that endorsed the principles. They set out what they intend to do differently to put them into practice.

Using an innovative format, the three guests and Bahadur interview each other and present their commitments and plans for the future. These pledges are assessed by a leading practitioner representing grassroots voices.

Are they putting local communities in the driver’s seat of adaptation decision-making? Are the proposed actions going to enable people battling climate impacts to lead processes of adaptation? Listen to the podcast to find out.

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The episode 1 participants are:

Heather McGraydirector of the Climate Justice Resilience Fund. She has worked on a range of issues, including national adaptation planning, climate finance advocacy, resilience measurement and adaptation policy within the UNFCCC. Heather also led the creation of a body of work on urban climate resilience. 

Cristina Dengelknowledge management officer with the Adaptation Fund. In this capacity, she coordinates the efforts related to the generation, managing and sharing of knowledge in adaptation and climate finance generated by the Adaptation Fund through in-person and virtual events, virtual courses and knowledge publications.

Vincent Gainey, climate resilience advisor with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office. Prior to working with the UK government, Vincent worked for 30 years in the non-government sector including at leading NGOs such as Oxfam, Christian Aid, Farm Africa and WaterAid, managing and developing on work in agriculture and natural resources, community water supply and emergency humanitarian interventions.

Suranjana Guptaadvisor on community resilience in the Huairou Commission, where she supports strategic planning, learning, advocacy and partnerships. The Huairou Commission is a coalition of women’s organisations and partners focused on strengthening women’s leadership in building resilient communities.

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