‘Leaving no one behind’ through enabling climate-resilient economic development in dryland regions

‘Leave no one behind’ is a principle central to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This policy briefing puts forward the view that public policies and investments by national governments and development partners that recognise the seasonality, mobility and informality of dryland economies as strengths, and create an enabling environment for private actors in these regions, hold real potential to spur progress towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, Leave No one Behind and the global goals on climate adaptation.

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How do African SMEs respond to climate risks? Evidence from Kenya and Senegal

This journal article investigates to what extent and how micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries are adapting to climate risks.

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Enabling private sector adaptation to climate change in sub-Saharan Africa

This journal paper examines existing literature on how to promote and facilitate private sector adaptation in developing countries, and how governments can create an enabling environment to stimulate and incentivise domestic private sector adaptation. With a focus on adaptation by small and medium enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa, it provides a framework to identify the key ‘building blocks’ that constitute enabling conditions for private sector adaptation.

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Stratégies d’adaptation du secteur privé: quel début de réponse des PME en zones semi-arides du Sénégal ?

This French-language policy brief is a synthesis of the initial results of a study to analyse the level of private sector vulnerability in Senegal’s semi-arid lands (SALs) in a context of climate change, and the coping responses small and medium-sized enterprises have developed and implemented to support climate-resilient development in semi-arid regions. It provides key recommendations to policymakers to create an enabling environment for SME adaptation to climate impacts.

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Enabling private sector adaptation in developing countries and their semi-arid regions – case studies of Senegal and Kenya

This working paper addresses the gap in the adaptation literature by reviewing the key factors required to provide an enabling environment for the private sector, with a focus on adaptation by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the semi-arid lands of Kenya and Senegal.

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