BRACC Knowledge and Policy Hub
The hub provides knowledge, policy and implementation support to the BRACC implementing partners, acting to ensure that the impact of the programme is greater than the sum of its parts.
It is doing this in two ways: first, by ensuring that the programme activities are informed by good practices in resilience and adaptation in different contexts; and second, by ensuring that the knowledge emerging from the programme is effectively communicated and used to inform programming and policy, both within Malawi and outside.
The hub centres its approach around a learning agenda of critical questions that the programme wants to answer to inform practice and policy. Key thematic areas around which the learning questions are clustered include:
- Resilience characteristics and measurement.
- Beneficiary targeting and graduation.
- How system level change happens.
- How behaviour change happens.
- How to best support resilience and adaptation in Malawi
The hub's other activities are:
- Supporting programme-wide Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEAL) to ensure that the programme is as effective as possible. We will help the programme learn how to build resilience and support adaptation to climate change, and will lead the process evaluation, midterm and end-term evaluation reports.
- Identifying and implementing research that addresses gaps in knowledge on the concepts and practice of building resilience and adapting to climate change. We will aim to contribute to programming within BRACC and beyond, and also to the implementation of the National Resilience Strategy.
- Building strategic relationships with Government of Malawi stakeholders and collaborating to document, assess and prioritise technical assistance requests.
- Synthesising, packaging and communicating evidence and learning around key themes. This includes developing a BRACC programmatic communications and stakeholder engagement strategy.
- Providing technical coordination and implementation support, including in the fields of MEAL, research, policy advocacy, and knowledge management and communications, across the BRACC implementing partners, i.e. the members of the PROSPER consortium, GIZ, African Parks, and the Modern Cooking for Healthy Forests project.
- A learning agenda has been established with accompanying representative governance structure to direct the MEAL and research activities, and communications needs.
- A programme-wide framework for MEAL has been established.
- A Value for Money Strategy has been drafted to ensure economy, efficiency, effectiveness and equity within the programme.
BRACC Hub: BRACChub@niras.com
Image (above) Village women, courtesy Katharine Vincent.