Kulima Integrated Development Solutions (Pty)

We are a small consultancy of professionals committed to addressing the risks imposed by climate change and securing human development, particularly in Africa.  ”Kulima” is a word found in many Nguni languages which refers to “preparing the ground so that something can take root” – that is, a period of preparation that takes place before seeds can be planted, without which their chances of germinating and growing are very small.  We chose this as our company name as it embodies our vision: we aim to provide high quality technical inputs, and capacity building at the early stages of projects, programmes and other processes, so that a situation is enabled where they can flourish and bring about sustainable development.

Our expertise is centred around climate change adaptation, and includes the related fields of vulnerability, climate finance, and disaster risk reduction.  We are also committed to taking gender-sensitive approaches to our assignments.  Common projects that we undertake include vulnerability assessments (at a variety of scales using various methods as appropriate to the context) and proposing adaptation options – for both policy and practice.  Between us we have many years or experience in Africa, and are well aware of the limited success of imposing solutions from outside.  We are committed to a complete understanding of institutional and policy context, and undertaking stakeholder consultation processes to ensure that proposed solutions are owned by the appropriate stakeholders to ensure their continued success.  Ongoing training and capacity building is another of our strengths.

The Directors of Kulima are Katharine Vincent and Tracy Cull.  We have overlapping competencies and experience:  Katharine’s expertise is in the social dimensions of climate change especially vulnerability, adaptation and institutions and governance and Tracy is a training specialist, who has extensive university lecturing experience, as well as being accomplished in the design of bespoke training products (courses and written materials) for a variety of audiences, around climate change in particular. Our focus is on southern and eastern Africa, but we have experience across the continent and internationally.

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Climate change, migration and adaptation in deltas

Summary of key findings from the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project which ran 2014-2018 and focused on African and Asian deltas.

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THUNDERSTORM OVER AFRICA

Climate Risk and Vulnerability: A Handbook for Southern Africa (2nd Edition)

An updated version of the popular handbook outlining projected climate change, sectoral impacts and responses (adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and accessing climate finance) in southern Africa

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Future Climate Projections for Malawi

This brief provides an overview of future climate change in Malawi, using results from the latest available climate model simulations based on 34 global climate models (CMIP-5) used by the IPCC.

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Future Climate Projections for Tanzania

This brief provides an overview of future climate change in Tanzania, using results from the latest available climate model simulations based on 34 global climate models (CMIP-5) used by the IPCC.

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understanding and interpreting global climate model results

How to understand and interpret global climate model results

Guide targeted at decision-makers to enable them to interpret the various plots, graphs and maps that are used to present global climate model projections.

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Farming in Malawi

Identifying climate services needs for national planning: insights from Malawi

This article identifies the opportunities and barriers to the use of climate services for national planning in Malawi.

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