Envisioning Resilience: What we’re learning about creative methods for policy dialogue on adaptation


From its establishment, the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process was envisioned as a participatory process that addresses issues of gender equality and social inclusion.

Over the last 2 years, the NAP Global Network has been working with partners in Africa and the Caribbean to create Envisioning Resilience, an initiative that aims to amplify underrepresented women’s voices in climate change adaptation planning. Envisioning Resilience was developed in collaboration with Lensational, a non-profit social enterprise that aims to elevate the voices of women from underrepresented groups and communities using visual storytelling, and more recently with GirlsCARE, a young women-led feminist climate activist movement seeking to support young women and girls through mentorship to enhance their capacity to support and lead in climate action.

This briefing note shares lessons that have emerged so far from the first three phases of Envisioning Resilience implemented in Ghana, Kenya, and Jamaica, with the aim to build the case for meaningful participation in NAP processes. It also seeks to inspire others to use creative means to promote dialogue among decision-makers and people on the front lines of climate change, particularly women and other groups who are often left out of adaptation decision-making processes.

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Publisher: International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)