The capacity building needs in Asia are huge. To make a truly meaningful difference to the existing state of affairs, CCA will need to collaborate with like-minded partners and organizations. Hence, CCA will tap into not only the whole of AIT's resources (including faculty and post-graduate students, AIT Solutions, Extension Service, and the Regional Resources Center for Asia-Pacific) but also its extensive network—of education and research institutions, training institutes (such as the Climate Change International Technical and Training Center (CITC) in Bangkok and the International Center for Climate Change and Development (ICCAD) in Bangladesh), international agencies, regional networks, and public and private sector organizations—for jointly addressing the capacity building needs in Asia.
Developing project proposals takes time, especially if there are multiple stakeholders involved. CCA provides the participants with the know-how and skills in assessing project opportunities, mitigation and adaptation options, and managing the development of these proposals. Once course participants leave the classroom, they continue to have access to expert help from CCA as they return home to implement what they have learned. Mentors are available to help participants finalize and guide their climate change proposals through to approval. Experts are available by internet and telephone to respond to urgent technical questions. Other techniques, such as remote learning, are employed to ensure that participants get the follow-up support they require to put lessons into practice.
We believe there's a lot to learn from each other. Therefore, we strive to foster dialogue and lesson sharing between stakeholders through conferences, workshops, webinars, and other events. We also develop user-friendly guides and other learning materials such as publications "Beginner's Guide to the Climate Change Mitigation Funding" and "Making the Climate Change Argument: Tips and Tricks on Writing a Winning Proposal" (soon to be published).