GCU hosts Climate Justice Fund project session

27 February 2015

Professor Tahseen Jafry

Professor Tahseen Jafry

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is next week (Monday, March 2) hosting a networking session to draw together the Climate Justice Fund projects recently announced by the Scottish Government.

Supported by the Scotland-Malawi Partnership and NIDOS, a network that unites the international development sector to promote effectiveness and collectively influence the policy agenda, the event will bring together organisations including Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Scotland, Tearfund, Christian Aid, Water Witness, Oxfam and the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund.

GCU’s Centre for Climate Justice was awarded funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Justice Fund for a project to improve access to water among the poorest and most vulnerable groups in Malawi and Zambia.

The 18-month £600,000 Water for ALL project aims to help build sustainable capacity in achieving equity and entitlement in accessing water.

GCU’s Director of the Centre for Climate Justice, Professor Tahseen Jafry, will lead the project, working with the Centre for Social Research at the University of Malawi, and the University of Lusaka. Improving access to water supply services in Zambia and Malawi would promote not only dignity, equity, compassion and solidarity among people but also contribute to the reduction of diseases and poverty.

Professor Jafry will also lead a session during Monday’s event to develop a new methodology for capturing learning on climate justice during the work on each of the six new projects, which will be used to feedback information to the Scottish Government.

Professor Jafry says: “Capturing the essence of climate justice and unpacking what it means in the context of the projects funded by the Scottish Government is extremely important as it allows for the sharing and dissemination of the learning outcomes much more powerful if it is done in a collective way. The collective evidence of six projects is more impactful than a stand-alone project.” 

GCU’s Centre for Climate Justice, a centre of excellence in climate justice research, was previously funded by the Scottish Government via Scotland's Climate 2020 Group for a campaign encouraging communities in Malawi to replace dangerous and costly kerosene lamps, batteries and candles with environmentally friendly solar lighting that helps families to tackle poverty.