The Regional Climate Change Programme (RCCP) is a SADC-wide programme funded by DFID to facilitate the strengthening of adaptive capacity and resilience to climate change across the region. This is particularly relevant insofar as climate change impacts on progress toward the MDGs of water, agriculture, health and energy. The purpose of the RCCP is enabling transboundary adaptation to climate change, with equitable access to climate funding, in Southern Africa.
To this end, the four programme outputs were:
Output 1: Make integrated scientific analysis on climate change risks and responses available to improve adaptive management
Output 2: Validate and use indigenous knowledge in scientific assessments
Output 3: Identify viable, stakeholder-led, transboundary-relevant climate adaptation options and present these to funders
Output 4: Strengthen transboundary relationships for responding to climate change and influencing climate policy
Through a tender process in 2007, OneWorld won a contract from DFID to conduct a feasibility study for developing a regional climate change programme in Southern Africa. Based on the outcomes of this feasibility study, concluded in December 2007, OneWorld was then awarded a contract to design a regional climate change programme in accordance OneWorld conceptualised the programme in conjunction with DFID and held the responsibility for implementing and operationalising the RCCP. The initial 2 phases were the feasibility study phase, completed in December 2007, and the design phase, completed in January 2009. The programme entered implementation in April 2009.
OneWorld conceptualised the programme in conjunction with DFID and held the responsibility for implementing and operationalising the RCCP. The following key activities were undertaken:
• Developed, implemented and managed multi-project and multi-phase programme with the aim of enabling transboundary adaptation to climate change, with equitable access to finance, in the southern African region.
• Responsibilities included programme strategy development, programme design and implementation, stakeholder engagement and institutional mapping, capacity development, sectoral research and advisory services on sustainable development and climate change, Risk & Vulnerability mapping, diplomacy and policy work monitoring, etc.
• Also responsible for overall programme Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) as well as reporting.
• Conducted a multi-sectoral, transboundary water analysis of 3 SADC river basins: Limpopo, Okavango and Zambezi.
• Facilitated the integration of climate change into the SADC Water Division’s policy and investment agenda through participation and technical advisory services to the Multi-Stakeholder Water Dialogues (2008-2011).
• Integrated cross-sectoral concerns, such as gender, health, socio-economic factors and the Millennium Development Goals, into all analyses and reports.
• Applied a large-scale integrated socio-economic modelling system to assess how socio-economic changes may evolve in the future and how these changes may impact on food and energy demands (International Futures modelling system)