Connecting the dots: linking climate change resilience to human capital
Economies, Pathways to Resilience in Semi-arid | August 2015
Climate change has exposed countries all around the globe to a new set of threats. While most literature on responses to climate change has tended to be framed around mitigation or adaptation strategies, there is growing body of work that ties climate change actions to poverty reduction, inequality and sustainable development. Bowen et al. (2012) put forward a framework for sustainable development in the face of climate change, according to which what is necessary is investment in natural capital, infrastructure, human capital, macroeconomic stability, the institutional and regulatory framework, access to markets and capital and firm performance. More recently, the prevalent global discourse of building synergies among climate change, DRR and sustainable development, and taking into consideration communities and people‟s resilience, matches the PRISE project‟s research focus on building human capital as a core element in achieving the goal of climate- resilient sustainable development growth in the SALS of Asia and Africa. PRISE is a five-year, multi- country research project that aims to deliver quality information and knowledge, keeping in mind the changing climatic landscape, on inclusive, climate-resilient, growth. It is based on a policy- and development-first approach, engaging stakeholders and researchers to map out threats and opportunities posed by climate variability in relation to the development of semi-arid regions. Such a development-first approach can help identify the areas and gaps that need immediate attention and investment instead of depending on scientific projections before action. It engages business leaders, regional economic communities, academia, civil society and researchers to enable PRISE to cater to demand-specific policy gaps in semi-arid regions with sound research backing. The project focuses on the semi-arid regions of Pakistan, Tajikistan, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Kenya and Tanzania. Lessons drawn from project countries will then be generalised for global SALs.
CitationEconomies, Pathways to Resilience in Semi-arid. 2015. Connecting the dots: linking climate change resilience to human capital. © Sustainable Development Policy Institute. http://hdl.handle.net/11540/9305.
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