By Agbo Dozie
Courtesy of the Climate Research for Development (CR4D) in Africa initiative, a set of 21 African scientists have been announced to each get $170,000 to conduct researches in the area of climate change, policy formulation strategies, as well as community development. The beneficiaries spread across several African countries including Ghana, Uganda, Benin, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Namibia, Senegal and Zimbabwe. UNECA, on Monday, stated that the grantees were selected after a rigorous research commissioning process.
The CR4D is an African-led initiative established as a result of a strategic partnership between the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).
It is safe to say that the initiative was a consequence of the African Climate Conference 2013 (ACC-2013), which was held in Arusha, Tanzania. It is also correct to state that the goal of the partnership is to potentiate the effects of researches in climate science and information in developing key areas of the continent.
Trailing the establishment of the CR4D governing bodies, the Oversight Board (OB), the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), the Institutional Collaboration Platform (ICP) and the Secretariat hosted at ACPC, the ECA partnered with the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) to implement and manage the CR4D research grants.
ECA’s Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe, went on to say that the initiative would not only support the researches of young scientists in the specified field, but would also lead to verifiable demonstration of development in the continent as a research by-product.
Vera added that the program would enhance the planning for an African continent that is climate-aware and smart, major ingredients in cooking the delicacy of sustainable development.