To establish a resilient Africa for all


To provide practical solutions for climate change adaptation

About Us

The Adaptation Network has been in existence since 2009 and continues to serve as an anchor point for sharing information, building capacity, and an advocacy platform for locally-led adaptation action.

The network provides online support for learning about adaptation practice through the various adaptation-related resources, produced in partnership with our network members.  Most of these materials are open source, although we request that you provide the correct references when using these materials.

Network membership consists of over 60 organisational members and over 100 individual members.
Membership is open to all who work in the field of climate change adaptation and subscribe to the values of the network, as seen in the Adaptation Network Constitution.


Mutual respect, honesty, integrity, trust, commitment, caring and compassion, openness, justice, patience and understanding, diversity of belief systems, inclusivity, equality, Ubuntu, solidity, creativity, love, civility, transformation to an integrated society and “fun is good!”


To promote the values of the Adaptation Network and to advance best practices in adaptation, the following principles will be advanced by the Adaptation Network:

Transparency, diversity, accountability, active participation, interdisciplinarity and exploring synergies, efficiency, inclusivity, sharing/partnerships, straight talk, listening, inspiration, democratic structure, flexibility, effectiveness, feminism, intersectionality, keeping the harm at bay and support.

  • To promote knowledge sharing and partnerships amongst practitioners and institutions engaged in developing and applying the theory and practice of adaptation to climatic variability and change.  
  • Be an open forum for sharing resources, knowledge and ideas and promoting the integration of different kinds of knowledge. 
  • Be a space that actively works to address inequality.
  • Provide a space to grow partnerships and support one another. 
  • Be a recognised point of contact for consultation, lobbying and advocacy. 
  • Enable members to advocate for improved delivery in climate adaptation at all levels (focus on finding common ground, not joint positions on all issues). 
  • Provide coordination to encourage alignment and connectivity. 
  • Provide a platform for promoting collective positions. 
  • Assist members to promote awareness through education, shared information and shared platforms. 
  • Highlight what is already happening in terms of education and communication. 
  • Be a central point for providing information.
  • Promote better planning and evaluation across the Network.
  • Promote activities that build the capacity of communities to innovate and adapt.
  • Paint a positive picture, and communicate a message of hope to communities that “we’re up for the climate challenge”.
  • Support national processes that support adaptation and the funding of adaptation activities.