How to assess, evaluate and mainstream the results of CBA projects into local and national development planning and policy-making? How to contribute, as a community of CBA practitioners to the results being known, recognized, taken into account? Where does policy impact stand respect to CBA input? A few recurrent keywords such as People, Data, Local, Diversity, Future, seem to be pivotal in establishing drivers for success in CBA activities.
Adaptation projects are perhaps the most locally-referred than any other development activity: they use local resources to apply local solutions, very often using traditional knowledge, that impact local realities and change livelihoods at local level but carry the germs of up-scalable and exportable experiences.
Community-identified and –led activities are part of living landscapes in the transformation process, and bear the potential to contribute to the preparation of governmental development plans; this includes the volunteering component and spontaneous contributions that people provide at all levels.
Scarcity, irregularity and imprecision of data match a similar limit in the communities’ responsive preparedness; this is where communities of practice particularly make a difference in sharing knowledge, creating awareness, placing the community at the heart of discussions, and can generate knowledge about how to achieve adaptation at the local level by fostering a bottom-up approach. CBA action, in its community-based engagement and thanks to its volunteering component, prove not always necessary to depend on institutional intervention or donors' support in order to achieve results.
Micro- and meso-level goals guide through forecasting uncertainties and anticipate future challenges, predicting trends, identifying patterns, even harnessing possible benefits of CC. Notwithstanding the complexity of climate-related impacts, and the diversity of its effects, are CBA projects really too small, too scattered, too local, too erratic, to have an impact on policy development?
CBA6 last year called for attention about advocating, informing, educating, making public what is local, ensuring appropriate communication and proper visibility to CBA activities and their contributive role to inform policy-making, for the benefit of future generations as well as for the current coping needs. Recognize – and yes, use! – the importance of media influence and sharing of lessons learned, including through fostering the communities of practice, which also reﬂect the ‘knowing in action’ that CBA practitioners all over the world share.
Video extracts adapted from UNDP/GEF SGP/UNV CBA global program field videos.