Who Should Carry the Burden? Short Course on Gender and Climate Change in Uganda

Sub-Saharan Africa
Sectors and Themes
Expertise Level
Resource Type
Guidance and Frameworks
Developer or Source
Climate Change Unit at the Ministry for Water and Environment in Uganda
Gender Equality Studies and Training (GEST) Programme at the University of Iceland
Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA)
Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development in Uganda
Royal Norwegian Embassy in Uganda
School of Women and Gender Studies at Makerere University

This training manual has the objective to build knowledge and understanding of the causes of climate change and its impact on development and gender relations in Uganda and to build local capacity to design and implement gender-responsive climate change policies, strategies and programs by using analytical and critical thinking skills. The course also looks at gendered impacts of natural resource depletion, limited access to natural resources, and the effect these have on inter-household conflicts and gender-based violence. The course is split into 5 modules over a 5 day training session and supplemented with a documentary on gender and climate change in Uganda, field visits to various district offices, and presentations by guests from relevant climate change projects.
Modules 1 and 2 provide introductions and overviews of climate change and gender issues, the links between them, and how climate change responses can be made gender responsive. The next 3 modules allow participants to exercise their new understandings of these issues and skills in gender mainstreaming by becoming familiar with and assessing the Uganda National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA), district adaptation and mitigation projects during a field visit, and District Development Plans (DDPs) for gender responsive-ness. Guidance in the form of checklists, logistical information, and provisions for feedback are supplied for each module to assist trainers. Information and activities are largely specific to the Ugandan context but can be used to guide the development or training programs on gender and climate change in different contexts.
In an external evaluation results of the training were found to be successful and although impacts could not be fully assessed at the time of evaluation, findings indicate that the project had already had a positive impact on communities.

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