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Capacity development is key to aid smart decision-making

Written by Beatrice Mosello

This blog describes Beatrice Mosello's participation in the Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP) Training Workshop that was held in Addis Ababa from 25th to 29th November 2013. The WACDEP, endorsed in November 2010 by the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW), is now being implemented in eight countries across Africa. This event aimed at building the capacity of selected trainers to deliver messages on integrating water security and climate resilience into development planning to key Ministries and other key stakeholders in their countries.

The key messages from this event (as proposed in the blog) focus on:

- The requirement for capacity development to aid smart decision-making and build robust and flexible institutions

- Adapting to climate change will require the Adapting to climate change will require the mobilisation of financial resources through dedicated multilateral climate funds as well as domestic budgets. Action is required to improve the efficient use of available public funds and secure additional funding. Governments need to make use of partnerships and networks with other governments, regional bodies and international actors to access them.

- Decision-makers are afraid of uncertainty and tend to be risk-averse. Therefore, it is important to have a Decision-makers are afraid of uncertainty and tend to be risk-averse. Therefore, it is important to have a knowledge management system in place that conveys appropriate information on adaptation priorities and water management processes more broadly.

- Current international processes and debates, such as the post-2015 one, need to be exploited to create the momentum for action on water security and climate resilience.

In conclusion, she expresses optimism about future concrete steps to include water security and climate resilience in development-related decision-making and planning in Africa.