- ItemOpen AccessIssues for universities using private companies for online education(University of Cape Town, 2019-02) Czerniewicz, Laura; Walji, SukainaThis briefing is aimed at universities who are thinking of using - or already using - private companies to develop or expand their online programmes or courses. It raises the issues to be thought about and the implications of decisions made, and it considers the roles and relationships of the companies with the universities.
- ItemOpen AccessBody Mapping: to explore the embodied experiences of contraceptive methods and family planning with women in South Africa(2018-09-15) Harries, Jane; Solomon, JaneIn this booklet we share some of the body mapping images and stories which formed part of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded study titled: A multidimensional approach to inform family planning needs, preferences and behaviours amongst women in South Africa. The body mapping images and visual stories provide an innovative and participatory research method to uncover women’s lived and embodied experiences of their reproductive systems including reproduction, fertility, conception, contraception and family planning. The booklet is intended for policy makers, health care providers, researchers, academics and community and non- governmental organisations working in the sexual and reproductive health arena.
- ItemOpen AccessThe Vulnerability and Risk Assessment in Omusati Region in Namibia(2016-04-01) Salma, Hegga; Ziervogel, Ziervogel; Angula, Margaret; Spear, Dian; Nyamwanza, Admire; Ndeunyema, Elizabeth; Kunamwene, Irene; Togarep, Cecil; Morchain, DanielThis report presents the findings of the VRA workshop held from 8 to 9 March 2016 at Outapi Lodge in Omusati Region in North-Central Namibia. The VRA exercise focused on the Onesi Constituency landscape and it was carried out in the context of the ASSAR project. The VRA contributes to ASSAR’s work on understanding local level vulnerability and potential adaptation responses by engaging diverse stakeholders and supporting Research-into-Use (RiU) processes.
- ItemOpen AccessUnderstanding vulnerability and adaptation in semi - arid areas in Botswana(2015-05-01) ASSARSemi-arid areas in Botswana are characterised by high rainfall variability, frequent droughts, low soil moisture and extreme events such as flash floods which normally combine with governance shortcomings and structural inequalities to exacerbate the vulnerability of communities. Such communities are generally dependent on primary production and natural resources, rely on rainfed agriculture, have limited livelihood options and employment opportunities, depend on activities that are sensitive to the impacts of climate change, face high levels of poverty, are exposed to high levels of HIV/AIDS, have limited infrastructure and services, and are affected by limited institutional capacity and weak resource governance. The climatic and socioeconomic environment in semi-arid areas in Botswana makes communities vulnerable to food insecurity and unstable livelihoods as well as leading to unsustainable agroecological systems, crop failure and unproductive rangelands.
- ItemOpen AccessStakeholder and influence network mapping exercise with the government, development and research actors in Namibia(2015) Hegga, Salma; Siyambango, Nguza; Angula, Margaret; Spear, Dian; Masundire, Hillary; Molefe, Chandapiwa; Morchain, DanielThis report summarises the outcomes of the Stakeholder and Influence Network Mapping exercise were undertaken on the 23rd of July 2015 in Windhoek, Namibia. ASSAR southern African Team members: Margaret Angula, Nahas Angula, Nguza Siyambango (UNAM); Dian Spear, Salma Hegga (UCT); Hillary Masundire and Chandapiwa Molefe (UB) assisted and participated in the stakeholder mapping workshop facilitated by Daniel Morchain (Oxfam). This event brought together 11 national stakeholders from the government (Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and SME Development, Namibia Energy Institute), NGOs (NNF, IRDNC) and Researcher/ Academic institutions (SASSCAL, DRFN & UNAM) (see Annex 9.2for a list of participants). The Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid (ASSAR) a multi-institutional and multi-national study investigates the factors that restrict effective adaptation to climate change impacts in agriculture-dependent communities in north-central Namibia. A multi-method approach including literature review, household surveys and semi-structured interviews is used to: i) explore the drivers of vulnerabilities to floods and droughts; 2) identify adaptation strategies; and 3) identify the barriers that impede successful adaptation. This report contains five main sections. Section 2 introduces the aims and objectives of the mapping exercise to ASSAR research. The Third section describes the methodology and approaches used, while section 4 describes the framing and analysis procedures employed. Section 5 presents the findings of the Network Influence Mapping exercise from the three groups of stakeholders attending the workshop. The discussion of the results and implication of the results are presented in section 6 and 7, respectively.