Co-production: Learning from contexts

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Abstract

Given that climate change is a complex, systemic risk, addressing it requires new knowledge. One way of generating such new knowledge is through co-production, or collaborative development by a range of stakeholders with diverse backgrounds embedded in trans-disciplinary processes. This chapter reflects on emerging experiences of co-producing decision-relevant climate information to enable climate-resilient planning and adaptation to climate change in Africa. It outlines principles that have emerged and evolved through experiential learning from a wide range of co-production processes in Africa. It also uses case study experience from various contexts to highlight some of the more contextual challenges to co-production such as trust, power and knowledge systems and institutional factors (mandates, roles and incentives) and illustrates ways that trans-disciplinary co-production has addressed these challenges to mainstream a response to the climate challenge.

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Vincent, K., Steynor, A., McClure, A., Visman, E., Waagsaether, K. L., Carter, S., & Mittal, N. (2021). Co-production: Learning from contexts. In Climate Risk in Africa: Adaptation and Resilience (pp. 37–56). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-61160-6_3

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