This social media guide aims at promoting African knowledge (in particular about climate change adaptation).
This is the central part of the guide, showcasing key resources for the most important topics around 'promoting African knowledge (about climate change adaptation) through social media.

The underlying sense of ‘belonging’ and ‘connectedness’ to a social group can play a key role in the ability of vulnerable communities to cope with and recover from the impacts of climate change.” -- Angelica Valeria Ospina[3]

The negative effects of climate change on agriculture and livelihoods are of particular concern across much of Africa.[1] Social networking has an important role to play in sensitizing the population on climate change adaptation and involving local people in environmental management solutions. Moreover, the use of social media has the ability to empower and increase capacities of individual researchers, civil society practitioners, information intermediaries and whole communities working on climate change in Africa. Below are some inspiring examples of social media driven empowerment:

Cameroon Councils Against Climate Change Network
Alert Net, Thomson Reuters Foundation, April 2011

In 2011, local councils in Cameroon introduced a new social network to increase public and government participation in climate change efforts. The idea behind the Cameroon Councils Against Climate Change Network is to improve communication between different local councils, exchange accurate climate change knowledge, and give local communities a voice.

The 4Cs social media framework
Gaurav Mishra, CEO of social media & research company 20:20 WebTech, July 2009

Mishra focuses on the four underlying themes in social media, the 4Cs of social media:Content, Collaboration, Community and Collective Intelligence.Taken together, these four themes constitute the value system of social media.

Climate Conversations: Building climate resilience with social media
Alert Net, Thomson Reuters Foundation, June 2011

This resource discusses areas of potential volunteer technology communities toward climate change. Social media tools are facilitating ‘borderless community action’ by networks of experts and practitioners that collaborate towards identifying and solving pressing problems to vulnerable populations in the developing world. Online social
networking and exchange can further help to raise awareness on local priorities and foster a culture of information sharing and collaboration around climate change topics.

A Moving Story: putting the film in context
ICT-KM, November 2010
A compelling story from the African Agricultural GIS Week 2010 highlights the need for social media tools in addition to traditional knowledge sharing tools.

[1] ‘Cameroon Councils Create Network to Address Climate Change’, Alert Net, 1 April 2011
[3] A. Ospina, ‘Can Cultural Connections Boost Adaptation to Climate Change?’, Alert Net, 5 October 2011