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Angélica V. Ospina
Senior Researcher, Adaptation
Angélica is a Senior Researcher with the Resilience Program of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).
Previous to joining IISD, she was the Senior Technical Advisor for Resilience at Lutheran World Relief, focusing on the operationalization of resilience in development practice. Angelica held a post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Manchester's School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) in the United Kingdom, where she completed her PhD on climate change resilience and the role of information and communication technologies in agricultural livelihoods.
Her experience includes the design of RABIT: the Resilience Assessment Benchmarking and Impact Toolkit, tested in Costa Rica and Uganda, as well as the design of the Dynamic Resilience Wheel (DReW), a resilience capacity-building tool implemented in Nepal. She has more than 10 years of experience in the management and implementation of applied research projects in Latin America and the Caribbean, senior project management and research positions with Canada’s International Development Research Centre, and consultancies for a number of international organizations.
She is based in Ottawa, and is fluent in English and Spanish.
- Strengthening the Ties Between Gender and Resilience? Canada’s Feminist International Assistance PolicyCanada’s new feminist international assistance policy provides a bold and exciting approach to address international development challenges in contexts where inequality and exclusion of women and girls still prevail.
- Listening to Local Voices: What makes adaptation unique in the agriculture sector?Achieving a more resilient agricultural sector is fundamental not only for a low-carbon future, but also to realize developmental goals related to the eradication of poverty and hunger, while learning how to better cope, adapt and transform in the face of climate change impacts.
- Facing the Climate Change Conundrum: A pessimist’s and an optimist’s perspectiveWe asked a “pessimist” and an “optimist” to share their hypothetical views about climate change futures.
- Tracking Adaptation: Linking research, policy and actionImproving our ability to measure adaptation progress is not only a key component of transparency and accountability for new political commitments and emerging funding, but it is also necessary to foster effective adaptation through ongoing reflection and learning.
- Hurricane Matthew: What role for resilience building?Striking images of Hurricane Matthew’s trail of devastation in the Caribbean region continue pouring in, as the storm makes its way through the U.S. eastern coast. As the international development community, national and local stakeholders join efforts to respond to the storm, a focus on resilience building can be useful in four key ways,