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Building on CARIAA learning on women entrepreneurs, migration and climate-resilient development

Climate and Resilience (CLARE) is a partnership co-funded by IDRC and the UK’s Department for International Development. CLARE selected a group of recently closed or near to closing IDRC-supported research programs to further develop and scale their results for greater impact. The selected recipients are expected to participate in a mid-term learning review in late 2020 to reflect on their efforts to achieve scaling and research uptake.

One of these recipients is the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA), which supported a network of consortia to conduct high-calibre research and policy engagement to build resilience to climate change in hot spots in Africa and Asia. This project integrates results from CARIAA by supporting three initiatives with strong potential for further scaling or uptake of results to achieve greater impact.

The first initiative will scale up climate adaptation learning and understanding among female-led enterprises in Africa’s semi-arid regions. New research will further investigate the behaviours, barriers, and conditions that hinder or support female-led micro, small, and medium enterprises in Senegal and Kenya. This work will improve the understanding of and support the strategic role that female entrepreneurship has in unlocking broader resilience.

The second initiative will synthesize results on the migration and adaptation nexus. New work will inform adaptation policymaking to include migration and mobility, contribute to ongoing global initiatives, and develop a future research agenda on migration, mobility, and adaptation.

The third initiative will synthesize results from research in semi-arid regions in Africa and South Asia. It will map the environmental and economic trajectories of change and explore how select countries could improve alignment between proposed development trajectories and alternative development pathways to deliver more equitable and climate-resilient futures.

Expected results include contributions to knowledge through synthesis reports and peer-reviewed publications, policy reports, briefs, and a position paper on a research agenda; strategic engagement and research-into-use activities to inform policy and practice; and strengthened cross-consortia collaboration amongst the network of researchers previously engaged in CARIAA.

Project ID
Project Status
End Date
20 months
IDRC Officer
Georgina Kemp
Total Funding
CA$ 616,049.00
South Asia
South of Sahara
Climate-Resilient Food Systems
Climate Adaptation and Resilience
Institution Country
United Kingdom
Project Leader
Kate Gannon
London School of Economics and Political Science
Institution Country
United Kingdom
Project Leader
Mark Tebboth
University of East Anglia of the Registry
Institution Country
United Kingdom
Project Leader
Neil Adger
The University of Exeter