‘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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Subjective approaches to measuring resilience

This policy brief is based on a study that is the first to test how well subjective resilience (SR) measures can predict future well-being.

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The road to climate resilience: migration as an adaptation strategy

This policy brief provides practical policy suggestions to enhance rural livelihood resilience in semi-arid rural areas of Pakistan through rural development and facilitating planned migration.

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Migrations et autonomisation des femmes en contexte de changement climatique : enjeux et défis à Wendu Bosseabe (région de Matam)

This working paper aims to analyse the issues and challenges related to women’s empowerment in the village of Wendu Bosseabe, in the Senegal River Valley. It focuses on typical women’s empowerment pathways to highlight the links between migration and household resilience.

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Do natural disasters change savings and employment choices? Evidence from Pakistan

This research investigates the economic response of rural households in Pakistan to natural disasters. In particular, the work explores the extent to which households adjust their savings and income strategies in response to floods.

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The role of heat stress in migration decisions: A case study of Faisalabad

This study attempts to understand the relationship between migration decisions and heat stress, looking not only at its impact on livelihoods, but also on thermal comfort levels available at home and in the workplace.

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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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Agriculture, Water, Climate and Migration in semi-arid lands in Burkina Faso

This English-language report analyses how agricultural communities in the semi-arid central plateau of Burkina Faso – an area of high food insecurity – are managing available water and land resources in changing climatic conditions. It supports the case for investment by the government and donors in small dams/ponds to allow rural communities to supplement rain-fed with irrigated agriculture.

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