Welcome to the WalkerUpdate, bringing you up to speed with the latest news and developments from the Walker Institute. We’re trying something new this issue and have produced a video version of the WalkerUpdate so, if you need a quick break from text, click the video below. If you prefer to stick with the written version, it’s still available underneath the video, so read on to find out what’s been going on at the Walker Institute.
We recently held a meeting for teams from across the University of Reading to organise activities for November’s COP26 climate conference, this year hosted by the UK. It was great to hear everyone’s plans and, by coordinating our efforts, we hope to amplify the impact that the University can have at COP, making this event really count. If you would like to be involved in future sessions, please email our Knowledge Management Officer, Ross Fairgrieve (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Committed to making a meaningful difference in people’s lives:
The final data collection for theNIMFRU flood resilience projectis now complete. Led by our on-the-ground partner ECOTRUST, in-depth interviews were conducted with community members and district officers in Katakwi, Uganda. These interviews will allow us to better understand the impact that the NIMFRU project has had on the lives of local people, assess how the project’s findings have been used to improve district policies and processes, and identify areas that need further research and development.
By shaping a climate resilient future together:
Last week, theWalkerAcademy ran theAssessing Livelihood Vulnerability to Extreme Shocks(ALiVE) course. The course, which was run in partnership withEvidence for Development, provided an introduction to theHousehold Economy ApproachandIndividual Household Method, both used to analyse the resilience of rural livelihoods to climate shocks. ALiVE was attended by 16 students from the UK, Uganda and Kenya, and from institutions including Gulu University, the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), the AfricanResearch and Impact Network (ARIN), Vihiga County Government and the University of Reading. Early feedback from the course has been excellent and we look forward to running part two of this training course later in the year.
What happened across the world this week? Please click on this link to access the Global Hazard Weekly Bulletin produced by Prof Virginia Murray and her team at PHE. It contains a weekly summary of global hazards, including recent developments of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Last week's bulletin can be found here.
Wishing you all a productive week. The Walker Institute Team