Building vibrant and tolerant democracies
Very often the stories of those who are powerless, voiceless and marginalised are not heard - especially at global events like COP17. But an innovative project has given a number of communities the chance to have their thoughts heard - their concerns about the present and the future, and their attempts to adapt to their changing world.
ResourceAfrica in partnership with OSISA identified 5 African countries that are likely to be severely impacted by climate change - Botswana, Mozambique, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa - and captured the experiences of the affected communities.
But the stories were not written for the communities - they were created by the communities themselves through their words and their photographs. Provided with disposable cameras, community members were able to show the world through their own eyes - to give an unique perspective on their own lives.
And to help those outside the communities to understand their perceptions and perspectives on climate change, climate hazards, vulnerability and adaptation.
The result is a series of eye-opening and thought-provoking photo stories from a township in Cape Town to a semi-desert community in Botswana to a fishing community in Senegal.
These are Africa's stories told by the communities that are living them - and you can see them exhibited throughout COP17 in Durban or by downloading them here. And then, you can join the debate.