PRIMED brings together international and national academics, researchers, policy and decision makers, practitioners, and community members from diverse social groups, to share their varied perspectives, reflections and experiences of what works.
PRIMED emerged from the Jamii network. Jamii is the Swahili word for “community”. The Jamii network was created through a networking grant, provided by the UK’s Global Challenge Research Fund, which enabled researchers across the Global South to have an open conversation about how to make the Paris Agreement work for Sustainable Development. The dialogues identified new research areas and enabled further research projects, one of them being PRIMED.
The PRIMED network is composed of a three-tiered network structure, where Tier 1 is the core partnership who collaborates with Tier 2 and Tier 3 partners.
- The Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS) at the University of Ghana has worked extensively with a wide spectrum of stakeholders on a number of environmental issues, including integrated coastal zone management, climate change adaptation, and water resource management (Ghana).
- The African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) that combines the University of Cape Town’s research and teaching in the areas of climate change and development (South Africa).
- The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research is a network of UK Universities bringing together researchers from the social sciences, natural sciences and engineering to develop sustainable responses to climate change (UK).
Partners are well-established researchers in climate and development in Mozambique, Senegal, Kenya and Nigeria.
This tier includes actors in Asia, Latin America and Small Island States who are facing similar challenges in climate resilience and sustainable development pathways.
The third network tier builds on reliable relationships with the Interdisciplinary Research Lab for the Environment at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). and the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok (Thailand). The collaborators have developed relevant new knowledge to aspects of solving the climate and development conundrum.