Non-profit organizations and climate change knowledge management in international development: a study of the HI-AWARE project

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Lopa, Fowzia Gulshana Rashid
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Geography and Environment
This research described the operation of the collaborative education and risk reduction programs undertaken to reduce harm resulting from climate change and flooding in Bangladesh, including transferring knowledge into projects and programs for the beneficiaries and assessing effectiveness. It observed the operation and outcomes of an international collaborative research project on climate adaptation, HI-AWARE, where a Bangladeshi Civil Society Organization (CSO) partnered with a Canadian development organization and other southern organizations. The research included on-site observations, interviews with Bangladeshi CSO and Canadian development organization officials, and Focus Group Discussions with beneficiaries at sites. The findings showed that the HI-AWARE project successfully built coordination among partners tackling issues like budget equity, collaborative research activities, and fund transfers. It demonstrated the value of flood-resilient houses as an adaptation option. The beneficiaries clearly indicated improved living in the flood-resilient houses; however, such houses would need further monetary and technical assistance to remain effective.
climate change , flooding , Bangladesh , partner coordination , flood-resilient houses , HI-AWARE , collaborative education programs , risk reduction programs , climate adaptation