The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment was established in 2008 and is based at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Aiming to inform policy and academic debate on the economics of climate change and the environment, it has established itself as an international centre of academic excellence and an influential provider of information and advice to decision makers in government and business. It is one of the biggest research centres at LSE and one of the biggest and better known institutes of its kind worldwide.
The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is the UK’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. The ODI mission is to inspire and inform policy and practice, which leads to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods in developing countries.
The ODI does this by locking together high quality applied research, practical policy advice, and policy-focused dissemination and debate. The institute works with partners in the public and private sectors, in both developing and developed countries.
Innovations Environnement Développement en Afrique (IED Afrique) is an independent, non-profit organisation, based in Senegal, which has built on fifteen years’ experience in Francophone West Africa. It works on issues of sustainability and citizenship in Africa, with an emphasis on methodological and participatory innovations. The IED Afrique vision is that sustainable development is based on building the capacity of the most vulnerable and the establishment of fair relationships between different actors to enable their effective participation in improving the living conditions and well-being of populations. Its mission is to contribute to the realisation of fair and sustainable development through the promotion of inclusive policies and practices of decentralisation, local governance, natural resource management, agriculture and adaptation to climate change.
The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is the oldest independent policy and research think tank in Pakistan, and acts as a knowledge producer and knowledge disseminator on sustainable development issues. It bridges research and policy gaps by enhancing the capacity of the public and private sectors to make informed policy decisions and provides the global sustainable development community with representations from Pakistan, as well as South Asia as a whole. The Institute’s mission is to catalyse the transition towards sustainable development, defined as the enhancement of peace, social justice and well-being, within and across generations. Its vision is to be a centre of excellence on sustainable development policy research, capacity development and advocacy in Pakistan.
Country research partners
The consortium is working in collaboration with a team of country partners with extensive expertise in research and policy on climate change and semi-arid regions:
The Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia (CAREC) is an independent, non-profit, non-political, international organisation assisting Central Asian governments, and regional and international stakeholders to address environmental and sustainability challenges across Central Asia. By promoting dialogue and collaboration among environmental stakeholders, CAREC has become a leading regional knowledge hub in the field of environment and sustainable development, and is recognised by national, regional and international partners. Since beginning its operations in 2001, through its head office in Almaty, Kazakhstan and a well-established country office network through the five Central Asian states (CAS), it has become a leader of environmental cooperation in the region.
Kenya Markets Trust (KMT) is a Kenyan organisation that works in partnership with the private sector, county and national governments, associations, and local and internationals partners to drive large scale, sustainable market growth by changing the underlying incentives, capacities and rules that shape how market systems work. KMT focuses on market systems and value chains as these are the main mechanisms through which wealth is created and growth occurs. KMT’s long-term goal is to deliver large scale, systemic change in selected markets that will benefits all, including small businesses, larger firms, investors, producers and consumers, and the country.
To achieve its objectives, KMT identifies markets with high growth potential, but which are saddled with systemic constraints. Working with key market actors, policy makers and other stakeholders, it aims to address these constraints to improve competitiveness, efficiency and inclusiveness. KMT works in five sectors: dairy, livestock, agricultural inputs, seed, and water.
The Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI) is an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Central Asia (UCA) that is dedicated to addressing major development challenges and opportunities for Central Asian mountain communities and their environments. MSRI’s goal is to support and enhance the resilience and quality of life of mountain societies through the generation and application of sound research. Together with regional and international partners, MSRI also seeks to transfer knowledge to policy and practice. Mountain regions in Central Asia include the Tian Shan, Pamir, Hindu Kush and Karakoram ranges.
Founded in 1974, the University of Ouagadougou (UO) is the most important centre of learning in Burkina Faso. The University of Ouagadougou 1 comprises five training and research units offering a range of degree courses – bachelors, masters and doctorate – in the human and natural sciences, with more than 50,000 students in the academic year 2016-2017. The University of Ouagadougou 2, created in 2007, hosts the Training and Research Unit in Economics and Management Sciences (UFR / SEG) and the Training and Research Unit in Legal and Political Sciences (UFR / SJP), and is due to host additional training units and institutes. The UO partnership with PRISE is led by the Laboratory for Study and Research on Contexts and Territories (LERMIT), which is part of UO 1, with collaboration with the Centre for Study, Documentation and Economic and Social Research (CEDRES), part of UO 2.