Integrating Gender and Indigenous Factors into Locally-Led Adaptation

March, 2024

The four e-modules for this course will provide the rationale and linkages of the various concepts, methodology and approaches on locally led adaptation, integration of gender and indigenous factors, and processing and application of what was learned through analysis of real life case studies.

Module 1: Introduction to locally led adaptation, gender, indigenous factors and the SDGs

The first module provides an overview and rationale for locally led adaptation, and integrating gender and indigenous factors, how they are linked with a number of SDGs, and actions being taken as examples of how to apply these linkages. Although it is common knowledge that everything is connected to everything else, there is still a tendency to overlook aspects that are not the mandate or specialization of certain agencies or organizations.

Module 2: Locally led adaptation to Climate Change

The second module will look more closely at locally led adaptation, presenting the rationale and principles behind locally led adaptation to ensure local communities and stakeholders have ownership of the adaptation being implemented in their area. This will lead to empowered communities to implement sustainable and effective adaptation to climate change at the local level. The principles will be presented and you will be encouraged to share your experiences, if any, particularly on the challenges faced in implementing them, and the results of locally led adaptation, with or without consideration of gender and indigenous factors. Be prepared to discuss the ideal scenario and what should have been done.

Module 3: Case studies on locally led adaptation to Climate Change

The third module will provide a number of case studies on various climate change adaptation actions for discussion. You will have the opportunity to provide suggestions on how to improve the case studies with more attention given to strategies incorporating locally led adaptation measures, gender, and indigenous factors, particularly applying the various aspects you learned during the course.

Module 4: Gender equality and social inclusion and indigenous factors

The fourth module will be on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion or GESI. This module will look in more detail at GESI and how they can be integrated with adaptation work. GESI refers to all groups of people in the community, such as women, men, youth, disabled, elderly, Indigenous, migrants, stateless and other social groups. The Gender Dimensions Framework will be presented which will provide a framework for integrating gender in any action. The social inclusion part will focus on indigenous peoples and the disabled, and how they can be included in the adaptation agenda, with a gender-responsive approach. Gender, ethnicity, and disability status are critical considerations and constraints in participatory approaches and disaster responses. Some methods and approaches will also be shared to provide you with tools to use in your own work. The module will also include examples of locally led adaptation initiatives that are GESI-blind and those that are GESI-sensitive/responsive, including working with women, youth, disabled, and indigenous peoples. You will have an opportunity to share your experiences of working with these groups and the challenges they faced.