CAREC participated in the annual PRISE Consortium Meeting in Dubai
11-14 October 2016, Dubai hosted the annual PRISE Consortium Meeting. The overall aim of the meeting is to take stock of what knowledge and results has been generated to date, identify connections amongst PRISE projects to be taken up for the synthesis stage of the research and ensure the project teams have a clear work plan mapped out for the coming year ahead.
On behalf of CAREC, Nailya Mustaeva and Henry Wyes took part in the meeting. They introduced the country’s progress of the research, which aims to define a role of migrant remittances to a climate resilient future in semi arid lands. The project is implemented jointly with IED Afrique and tracks the commonalities and differences between two countries – Senegal and Tajikistan. CAREC is an implementing agency in Tajikistan, closely collaborates with Tajikistan’s Ministry of Labour, Migration and Employment (Ministry) and Committee for Environmental Protection under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan (Committee).
Top five lessons learned from the stakeholder engagement process in Tajikistan can be tentatively categorized as:
(i) Intensifying, i.e. based on good practices of the stakeholder engagement:
a. Multiplier effect. Building capacity of the governmental institutions ensured a better access to research sites, deeper knowledge on migration and remittances patterns and strengthened the ownership of the national counterparts.
b. Win-win situations between the institutions by providing the methodological support and receiving relevant data in exchange.
(ii) Expanding, i.e. outreaching other stakeholders throughout different levels:
a. International organizations in Tajikistan, who are dealing with the development agenda in the country in terms of sustainable development, nationalization of SDGs, climate change and migration and who may use the findings of the research in their programs
b. Address international community throughout different global forums and initiatives on migration, remittances and climate change
c. Replicate the study and methodology in other countries of Central Asia with similar migration and climate patterns.
The project “Migration, remittances, adaptation and resilience to climate change in arid and semi-arid regions of Senegal and Tajikistan” is one of the research packages of PRISE. PRISE (“Pathways to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies) is a multi-country initiative, which during five years will generate new knowledge about how economic development in semi arid regions can be made more equitable and resilient to climate change. PRISE is carried out under the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA), with financial support from the UK Government’s Department (DfID) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.
Photos provided by: http://www.iedafrique.org/