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University of East Anglia Global Environmental Justice Group

Climate Resilient Development Pathways for Semi-arid Regions of Africa and South Asia

Climate Resilient Development Pathways for Semi-arid Regions of Africa and South Asia

Key Contact
Mark Tebboth
Project Dates
2020 – 2021
Project Status

International Development Research Centre, Canada

Department for International Development, UK

This 18-month project, funded by the International Development Research Centre, Canada and the Department for International Development, UK, seeks to synthesise knowledge generated by a number of projects funded under three recently completed climate research programmes (the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia, Future Climate for Africa and Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters).

The project blends the knowledge created by the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions, Pathways to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies, Future Resilience for African Cities and Lands, African Monsson Multidisciplinary Analysis 2050 projects in addition to the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters programme to envision the social, environmental and economic dynamics of change for semi-arid regions in Africa and South Asia out to 2050. Running in parallel to the synthesis work is a more focused analysis that explores the current development trajectories for semi-arid regions as articulated through national, sub-national and local development and sectoral plans in Kenya, Namibia and India.

By exploring how semi-arid regions are likely to evolve under climate change and other dynamics and comparing this to the type of development envisaged through policies, plans and programmes developed by government, the project will identify areas of likely stress or incompatibility. The goal of the project is to generate knowledge concerning areas where policy change may be required or a greater focus on adaptation is necessary to help realign the development trajectories of semi-arid regions to ensure they more climate resilient and can deliver development that is equitable and just.

The objectives of the project are to:

  • Synthesise a more generalised set of forward-looking findings from recently completed research projects carried out under Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia and Future Climate for Africa programmes to understand the risks and opportunities for climate-resilient development in semi-arid regions.
  • Analyse national development priorities for semi-arid regions and the extent to which the dynamics articulated in Objective 1 are compatible with existing development plans and what alternative pathways might deliver more climate-resilient futures.
  • Work with and support selected national and regional decision-makers for a specific policy area or sector in Kenya, Namibia and India in order to raise awareness of opportunities and challenges in semi-arid regions with a specific focus on the need for more equitable and climate-resilient development trajectories.

Project Partners

  • University of East Anglia, UK
  • University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Indian Institute of Human Settlements, India
  • International Water Management Institute, Ethiopia
  • Kenya Markets Trust, Kenya
  • University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • University of Namibia, Namibia