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Southern Voices' new report, "Promoting Pro-Poor Adaptation to Climate Change", summarises the experiences and the key tools used by civil society organisations in their previous two-years of climate policy advocacy.
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Vositha Wijenayake speaking at post-COP22 forum in Vietnam
Through the Southern Voices on Adaptation project, a collection of civil society networks have spent the last four years helping to shape national adaptation plans, and national to subnational frameworks, to ensure climate adaptation reaches vulnerable communities negatively affected by the impacts of climate change in their different national contexts.
The leaflet “Promoting Pro-Poor Adaptation to Climate Change” shares the experiences and tools used SV-Adapt partner networks in their adaptation advocacy to build resilient communities and enhance national- to local-level adaptation governance using the Joint Principles for Adaptation.
Leading by example

The publication presents 14 case stories, with real examples from civil society actors, on advocacy solutions to the three key obstacles faced when establishing adaptation frameworks that enable poor communities to build resilience:
1. A shortage of resources
2. A shortage of official support
3. A shortage of shared knowledge

Examples range from supporting applications for international finance; engaging government to support sub-national adaptation initiatives; and enhancing awareness both within government and affected communities, with the intention to promote best practices amongst organisations engaged in climate adaptation at the national and sub-national level.


 The JPA approach process: Overcoming barriers chart
The toolbox for adaptation advocacy
The leaflet also presents the tools used by partners throughout the project. Those used by SVA include:
The Joint Principles for Adaptation – a set of principles developed by civil society to promote, monitor, and guide advocacy for pro-poor adaptation frameworks
The National Adaptation Policy Assessment Tool - which was used by a number of partners to “score” the adaptation policy frameworks, such as National Adaptation Plans, and their progress in achieving improvements
The Influencing Strategy - used by partners to map-out the opportunities, risks, and assumptions in their policy context, helping to guide their advocacy to maximise results and achieve their desired outcomes.
The JPA on the international stage
The publication also underlines the value of the JPA to civil society organisations thanks to their recognition within the international community. 
On top of the JPA’s inclusion as UNFCCC supplementary material for National Adaptation Plans, SVA has been able to contribute their expertise and experience with the JPA and civil society advocacy to NAP Expos, LEG expert meetings, and various international fora. This can act as a power magnifier for smaller national civil society organisations – especially when espousing the benefits of the pro-poor approach in climate adaptation to national governments.
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SVA's Rajan Thapa (Clean Energy Nepal) presenting at a side event at the Bonn Climate intersessional (2017)
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An invitation

Most importantly, this report serves to engage, entice, and inspire new actors to pick up and mould the JPA approach to their goals. Demonstrated by the numerous examples and varied contexts where the JPA have helped civil society throughout the Global South, the opportunity for further experimentation has never been better.

The Southern Voices on Adaptation invites any actors, ranging from CSO professionals, academia, finance or anywhere else in the climate adaptation process to get involved.
Find SVA’s full report here and more information on the Joint Principles for Adaptation here.

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