The role of the DRFN on the ASSAR project is to ensure that the research findings from the project are shared strategically within the country, and beyond to enable evidence-based research uptake. This has been achieved through the ASSAR "research into use" approach, which has been assigned to Bernadette Shalumbu since 2016 .

One purpose of the DRFN is to enhance decision making for sustainable development which is achieved through evidence-based research, capacity development, evidence based advocacy and lobbying and the position of the DRFN within the ASSAR project allowed for all of these t...

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The Donkerbos community had the opportunity to meet, mingle and share ancient stories as well as show off their creative skills to the tech team from the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). With funding from the Embassy of Finland, NUST has created the Local Inclusive and Collaborative Technology Innovation Hub which aims to explore how digital technology can be used to develop or improve products and services in Namibia.

The project aims to include marginalized communities into the innovation process and to ensure that products developed by marginalized communities also have ...

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Drought and climate change communication

The third installment of ASSAR and Kati-FM's special climate change radio show, which aired Monday, August 13, addressed the dynamics and impacts of drought in northern Namibia. It looked at how communities in this area sustain their livelihoods in times of drought as well as Namibia’s legislation related to drought management.The in-studio guest for the show was Mr. Japhet Iitenge, Namibia's Director of Disaster Risk Management in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM). He shared insights on when drought is categorized as a disaster in Namibia, the pol...

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The second episode explored the role of religion and tradition in hindering in adaptation in Namibia.

The episode discussed the deep religious and traditional beliefs about weather and climate held by community members in the Omusati region, where ASSAR has been doing its research. Some of these beliefs are stopping farmers from adopting Climate Smart Agriculture practices, such as using climate forecasts for planning farming practices, selling livestock when drought is predicted, and using alternative agricultural practices.

To promote sustainable adaptation in the region it is necessary to b...

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