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Pathways to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies

How can populations become resilient to climate change while pursuing economic growth? This question is at the heart of a research project designed to support climate-resilient economic development in semi-arid lands. It will do so by addressing the conditions for economic growth and considering the needs of women and marginalized groups.

Leading change on climate change adaptation
Five consortium partners will implement the project in six countries: Burkina Faso, Kenya, Pakistan, Senegal, Tajikistan, and Tanzania. These countries all have large, economically crucial semi-arid lands, where water scarcity shapes ecosystems and social and economic opportunities.

The partners include:
-Overseas Development Institute
-Environnement et Développement en Afrique
-Center for Climate Change Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam
-Grantham Research Institute at London School of Economics
-Sustainable Development Policy Institute

A vision for the future
The consortium's vision of climate-resilient development includes development that tackles poverty and maximizes people's capacity to adapt to climate change, while also expecting that change is needed to implement this vision. The research program is designed to produce evidence that will support this change.

Research methodology
The research will identify:
-different enabling factors of economic development;
-where they fail to meet the needs and aspirations of poor and marginalized people;
-whether they increase people's vulnerability to climate change; and
-which of these key factors might be affected by climate change and how.

The researchers will take a transdisciplinary approach to assess how to resolve trade-offs between these different dimensions to support climate-resilient development.

From research to policy
The research results will advise policymakers and decision-makers contemplating uncertain interactions between climate change and economic development in fragile semi-arid lands. The researchers will engage with business leaders, economic ministries, and regional economic communities to create new knowledge and to translate this knowledge into policies and investments. Their goal is to help reduce poverty and strengthen adaptive capacity.

Project ID
Project Status
End Date
57 months
IDRC Officer
Evans Kituyi
Total Funding
CA$ 13,394,735.00
Climate Change
Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia
Institution Country
Project Leader
Dr. Abid Suleri
Sustainable Development Policy Institute
Institution Country
Project Leader
Dr. Emmah T. Liwenga
University of Dar es Salaam
Institution Country
United Kingdom
Project Leader
Eva Ludi
Overseas Development Institute
Institution Country
Project Leader
Mamadou Bara Gueye
Innovations, Environnement et Développement en Afrique
Institution Country
United Kingdom
Project Leader
Samuel Fankhauser
London School of Economics and Political Science