Zambia Climate Leadership Transformation (ZCLT) Summit

A future of a shared commitment to climate transformation that works for everyone, with no one left out. We are committed to transform the conversation, creating a context in which every voice is included and heard, particularly the youth, young girls and women.

Mr. Daniel Kamanga, Executive Director of the Africa Leadership Transformation (ALT) Foundation, “Setting the Context” for the Zambia Summit

 

Despite the challenges we continue to face in the world, we are committed to do everything it takes to keep the conversation on leadership and climate transformation alive.

 Prof. Felix Masiye, Dean of School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zambia


The vision of the Zambia Climate Leadership Transformation (ZCLT) Summit was to contribute to policy discussions and also help different stakeholders re-evaluate their engagement with, especially, leadership, women and the youth.

Like most transformative movements, the Summit was sparked by this question:

“Given the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, what is Zambia’s biggest and most urgent leadership challenge – that is not receiving sufficient attention – and what can be done about it?”

The ALT Foundation (Zambia), the University of Zambia (UNZA) have taken up the challenge to keep the conversations alive and to build on some of the areas that need attention.

Leadership

  1. The issue of an unknown, uncertain future calls for leaders and leadership – especially in climate change – that will help the country create a future that would not be possible unless it is created
  2. The most critical leadership issue facing Zambia today is water and food insecurity. Rain and floods bring devastation and disease; when the rains fail, drought affects food security
  3. Leadership should be about empowering others and including more youth and women in the climate transformation conversation
  4. Leadership should be devolved, so that the people – especially in rural areas – are engaged in issues of climate change and COVID-19. This will create appropriate, localized and cost-effective solutions that are beneficial to the people.

Youth

  1. Zambia should develop youth-driven policies which will let youth take up roles in climate change; the youth should be involved at all stages of policy development, planning and implementation
  2. The youth don’t know everything, they need the wisdom of the older people. Intergenerational support is needed to help youth have the skills that will be needed for transformative leadership and also behavioral change that will benefit the country
  3. Zambia needs to integrate climate change awareness in the education sector.

Women

  1. Create more access to education for girls and provide education that helps them understand the issues of climate change
  2. Include women in leadership and decision-making, as they are among the most-affected and also users of particular resources that contribute to climate change, such as firewood and charcoal in the rural areas
  3. Government needs to make resources available so women have access to the ‘levers and dials’ of effecting change, but women also need to be proactive in getting the resources they need to address climate change

Summit Report

In his opening speech, Prof. Felix Masiye, Dean of School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zambia declared: “Despite the challenges we continue to face in the world, we are committed to do everything it takes to keep the conversation on leadership and climate transformation alive.”  The Summary gives the highlights of the key issues discussed, more specifically, leadership, women and the youth and their relationship with climate change. You can get it here.

If you prefer the 56-page report – which includes all the keynote speeches, day-summaries, panel discussions and contributions by all participants – get it here.

White Paper

We also wrote a White Paper, which demonstrates how the Summit fits in the Afro-centric concept of humility that respects indigenous knowledge and the acknowledgment that a lot is unknown and can only emerge through dialogue.  You can get the full paper here.

If you prefer a Summary, which includes the top 10 outcomes, get it here.