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

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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 the 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 are more climate-resilient and can deliver development that is equitable and just.

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