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Solving ‘wicked’ problems: can social learning catalyse adaptive responses to climate change? A compendium of case studies

Edited by Marissa Van Epp, Ben Garside

Backgrounder, 141 pages

Social learning approaches can catalyse knowledge co-creation and action, so having the potential to help solve complex 'wicked' problems such as climate change and food insecurity. Social learning is more than just group learning; it has an agenda for wider change. It encourages stakeholders to work together to implement and test solutions through iterative cycles of learning, action and reflection.
This background paper is an accompanying ‘compendium’ of detailed findings of eight case studies from five diverse initiatives employing social learning approaches using the Climate Change and Social Learning (CCSL) initiative’s Monitoring and Evaluation framework.
The synthesis analysis paper which provides analysis across all the initiatives can be found separately in the IIED working paper “Solving ‘wicked’ problems: can social learning catalyse adaptive responses to climate change?”; this synthesis paper can be reached by clicking on the first link below.
IIED would like to thank the following for their participation in this work: Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA); Fundacão Amazonas Sustentável (FAS) (who lead The Bolsa Floresta Program); Policy Action for Climate Change Adaptation (PACCA); The Potato Park communities, ANDES and CIP; African Climate Change Resilience Alliance (ACCRA). The peer assist approach used for this research, aimed, as far as possible, to be a useful exercise in learning and reflection for the initiatives concerned.

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