Rethinkin university community partnerships contribution to community climate well-being: insights from Malawi
Chimwemwe will discuss opportunities for partnerships, priorities, and contributions of university-community partnerships for climate adaptation in Malawi. He will further share insights on how the human development approach, which foregrounds people-centeredness to development and focuses on expanding the richness of human life aside from the richness of the economy, can be applied to design university-community partnership models for the climate change approach in Malawi. He collates his ongoing PhD thesis findings to propose modelling the university community partnership for climate adaptation within the key pillars of equity, agency, participation and empowerment, efficiency, and sustainability.
Ciudad Politécnica de la Innovación
Edificio 8E, Acceso J, Planta 4ª (Sala Descubre. Cubo Rojo)
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia | Camino de Vera s/n
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Chimwemwe Phiri is a PhD candidate at the University of the Free State (UFS) in South Africa under the Higher Education and Human Development Research group. Before enrolling in the doctoral program, he served in various portfolios at CADECOM/CARITAS Malawi, overseeing the coordination, implementation and monitoring of humanitarian and general livelihoods programs implemented across the eight catholic dioceses in Malawi. Phiri was appointed AMECEA Zonal Coordinator for Caritas Africa, a position that acquainted him with rural development and climate change issues affecting Southern and Eastern African countries. Among other roles, he was responsible for the region's policy, research, and climate change advocacy initiatives.