PHB Co-hosts Roundtable on Practical Adaptation to Climate Change
“Innovative Adaptation in Africa and Asia: Water, Agriculture and SDGs” was the theme of the meeting, which was held at the Humanity Hub, a rally point and working/meeting place of “doer” organizations which are “innovators in peace, justice, and humanitarian action.”
Some 30 international organizations and embassies gathered in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 5 July to brainstorm on how water resource management, agriculture and financial systems in developing countries can better respond to a changing climate. This 9th meeting of The Hague Roundtable on Climate & Security was co-hosted by PHB Development. PHB – which is expanding beyond Digital Financial Services to a range of Mobile Information Services – was met by an enthusiastic group of participants from organizations working to improve the lives of people in climate-affected regions.
“Innovative Adaptation in Africa and Asia: Water,
Agriculture and SDGs” was the theme of the meeting, which was held at the Humanity
Hub, a rally point and working/meeting place of “doer”
organizations which are “innovators in peace, justice, and humanitarian
In presentations, Vice-Rector Prof. Charlotte de Fraiture of IHE Delft Institute for Water Education highlighted initiatives on water resource management and capacity building in developing countries. Practical action based on such initiatives can help mitigate prospects of climate apartheid, in which the wealthy can isolate themselves from the impacts of climate change, while the majority are negatively affected.
PHB partner Ronald Everts (standing in photo) presented projects in Mali and in Indonesia, where unexpected partnerships process satellite- and drone-gathered data, so it becomes accessible to smallholder herders and farmers via mobile phones. They can then locate and manage natural resources that are essential to their productivity and livelihoods.
In a highly interactive session, participants examined the presented initiatives and used their own expertise to develop recommendations. “Who owns and processes the data?” was a recurring consideration, with implications for empowerment, privacy and even land rights of low-income people. Links to the UN SDG’s was established throughout the brainstorming.
Ronald Everts: “I was impressed by the dynamic interaction with the “doers” in the room. The objective to link parties in this field was clearly a success. I was equally pleased that PHB’s chosen approach in the projects I presented struck a chord, and a good number of participants reached out for further information. I am looking forward to the follow-up.”
Contact Ronald Everts for more information and follow-up possibilities.
The Hague Roundtable on Climate & Security is
an independent forum to promote international cooperation in adapting to
climate risks to human well-being, sustainable development, and peace. The next
Roundtable will be held on 12 September, hosted by the Embassy of Germany
in The Hague: “Extreme Weather Disasters – Resilience, Forecasting and
Cooperation.” Visit the Roundtable contact page to get in
touch for more information.
Increasing peace and prosperity amid climate impacts
With rising temperatures and declining water resources in more regions, a special meeting of The Hague Roundtable on Climate & Security at George Washington University focused on “Climate Risks and Resilience – Highlighting Initiatives to Face Common Challenges.”
With rising temperatures and declining water
resources in more regions, a special meeting of The Hague Roundtable on Climate
& Security at George Washington University focused on “Climate
Risks and Resilience – Highlighting Initiatives to Face Common
Challenges.” The 24 April event in Washington D.C. featured representatives
from governments, NGOs, universities, and the private sector sharing strategies
on how to improve livelihoods and reduce potential conflicts when trying to
cope with climate impacts, especially in developing countries.
Matt Luna, the Roundtable creator and organizer, is also a communication consultant for PHB Development: “I’m seeking to increase international cooperation on climate challenges through this roundtable forum − to raise awareness of efforts and share strategies on adaptation. The situation is quite diverse in impacts and stakeholders, as climate-change often negatively affects such a broad spectrum of developments.” PHB and project partner organization SNV development organization were represented at the Roundtable in Washington.
As PHB development expands its involvement in
agriculture, it is increasingly confronted with the impacts of climate change.
For example, a drought occurred in northern Uganda as PHB was helping in
2016-2017 to digitize payments in five different agricultural value chains. And
as a hands-on organisation, PHB is providing technical assistance to two
projects to help in climate adaptation: the STAMP project in Mali and its
sister project, MODHEM, in Burkina Faso. These projects are
financed by the Netherlands Space Office and implemented by SNV.
STAMP and MODHEM both aim to supply pastoralists with satellite data on
the availability of water and biomass on the pastoralists’ migration routes.
This can increase their income by reducing cattle mortality. Additionally,
communication can take place if there is known to be sufficient water and
biomass on migration routes. This satellite-based connectivity can help reduce
conflict between migrating pastoralists and settled farmers, as cattle herds
will be much less likely to destroy crops and burden increasingly scarce water
Mobile phones are the interface with the pastoralists and the
distribution channel of the information. Here, PHB can contribute with its core
expertise, by supporting the business models of the mobile technology and
helping to identify and solve operational problems. Ultimately, livelihoods of
pastoralists and farmers are benefited through smart resource direction and
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for
more information on these and other international cooperation efforts. And keep
a check on the PHB website for a special feature on not only how the STAMP
program can help increase security, stability and prosperity in challenging
areas such as Mali, but also how the project itself is threatened by
instability in the country.
Co-hosted by the GW Elliott School and the Embassy
of the Netherlands to the United States, this was the first international
meeting of The Hague Roundtable. The forum aims to increase international
cooperation on climate impacts including water scarcity, natural disaster/flood
events, migration, and instability.