Gender and Climate Change

Woman in Uganda

The objective of the short course is to build knowledge and understanding of the causes of climate change and its impact on development and gender relations. Policy links from the national level to the district level are enhanced by the review and re-design of local policies to motivate action at the grass-root level. Course participants have in the past been officials from different sectors at the level of District Local Governments and some key CSOs operating at community level in the target regions.


Jón Geir PéturssonSpecial advisor: Dr. Jón Geir Pétursson was a core team member for the design and implementation of the short course carried out in Uganda, is a lecturer at UNU-GEST module on environment, climate change and resilience, and holds a part-time position as Assistant Professor in Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Iceland.




The UNU-GEST short course on gender and climate change is based on a short course successfully piloted in Uganda 2010-2012. The course was run in partnership with the Ugandan Government, the Ministry for Water and Environment and Ministry for Gender, Labour and Social Development, and three Nordic development partners; the Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA), The Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Embassy of Denmark in Uganda. The aim was to advance gender mainstreaming when addressing the challenges of climate change. The School of Women and Gender studies at Makerere University in Kampala also took part in the development of the course. An external  evaluation of the short course was made in 2013.

The project built local capacity in Uganda to design and implement gender-responsive climate change policies, strategies and programmes by using analytical and critical thinking skills. The expected outputs were:  Curriculum for a short training course on gender and climate change developed/adapted to Ugandan reality and tested by UNU-GEST and local partners; training methodologies and tools tested and refined in Uganda; local capacity in Uganda developed to design and implement gender-responsive climate change policies, strategies and programmes and capacity built in Uganda to address the issue of gender and climate change among ministries, district local governments, parliamentarians, researchers, academics, civil society organisations (CSOs) and the media.

After the implementation the main output/result of the project is a fully developed and tested 5 day short training course on Gender and Climate Change tailored for Uganda to meet local challenges. The training course package includes: training manual for trainers, session plan and participatory training materials (slides) for each session of the course and a supplementary course reader. In addition, a local team of Ugandan specialists have been trained and equipped as first generation trainers and can carry out training of trainers (TOT).