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Mobilizing climate information for decision-making in Africa: contrasting user-centered and knowledge-centered approaches

Harvey, Blane, Huang, Ying Syuan, Araujo, Julio, Vincent, Katharine, Roux, Jean Pierre, Rouhaud, Estelle and Visman, Emma (2021) Mobilizing climate information for decision-making in Africa: contrasting user-centered and knowledge-centered approaches. Frontiers in Climate, 2. ISSN 2624-9553

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Identification Number: 10.3389/fclim.2020.589282

Abstract

This study examined ways in which climate information was mobilized for use under Future Climate for Africa (FCFA), an applied research program to improve the use of climate information to support medium-term (5–40 years) policies and planning in sub-Saharan Africa. Past research has underscored the interdependent relationship between user engagement and knowledge mobilization in effective climate knowledge uptake. The study used a document analysis of 46 program ou tputs and semi-structured interviews with 13 FCFA researchers to contrast user-centered and knowledge-centered approaches to effectively mobilize climate information uptake for use. A total of 20 knowledge mobilization tools and approaches were identified across the program and analyzed. This analysis reveals a complex interplay between user engagement and knowledge mobilization processes, including the strategic or flexible use and re-use of knowledge products as the user engagement process evolved. These findings have important implications for future programmatic design and planning in promoting engagement and mobilization approaches that can contribute to long-term policy and decision-making.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.frontiersin.org/journals/1490
Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: Grantham Research Institute
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2022 00:11
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2024 17:30
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/113744

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