The kick-off workshop of the first cohort took place at the premises of Frankfurt School, Frankfurt/M., Germany, during 26 – 28th April 2017. In his introductory words, Dr. Adhikari, as representative of IDRC, highlighted the spectrum of possibilities which the AFFP would bring for each fellow and also the group as a whole. He noted the significance of linking every stakeholder for the success of the AFFP and the future role of fellows in the areas of adaptation finance and further encouraged each fellow to contribute to the learning and knowledge of each other both outside and within their respective tracks. He stated his believes that the high quality research work of the research fellows can be a good kick start of profitable business or have significant impact on the public policy in the fellows’ countries. This setting enabled fellows to review the programme’s objectives, components, activities, target groups, and AFFP expectations.
The workshop has provided the fellows with comprehensive and updated information on climate adaptation finance at the global level, especially the activities of multilateral organizations. The fellows also gained insight in country-specific adaptation issues through the presentations of research proposals and the open discussion held both within the small 3-person “Webinar Core Groups (WCGs)” as well as with the whole class of 18 fellows.
The kick-off workshop was the starting place of networking among the fellows. Various methods were employed enabling fellows to make friends and work with others, i.e. ice-breaking session, group activities (which consist of fellows in different tracks and different countries) and group discussion. Fellows began to learn and understand specific adaptation finance issues and problems in the countries and regions of their peer fellows.