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Opitz-Stapleton, Sarah, Gulati, Manisha, Laville, Camille, Vazquez, Mauricio and Tanner, Tom (2023) Building forward better: A pathway to climate-resilient development in fragile and conflict-affected situations. London: ODI Framing note.

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Abstract

People living in places affected by fragility and/or violent conflict are among the most vulnerable in the world to climate change. In these situations, a natural hazard – such as a flood or a drought – can quickly trigger disasters and exacerbate protracted crises. Individuals themselves cannot meaningfully be expected to adapt to climate change. What is needed is for actors in conflict-affected countries to work together to address the drivers of fragility, and enable peace, stability and systemic resilience – so that people have more options to manage challenges and embrace opportunities. We call this Building Forward Better. Building Forward Better will require a transformation in the way humanitarian, development, peacebuilding, disaster risk management and climate adaptation actors work in fragile and conflict-affected settings. This Framing note argues for a new way of thinking about and delivering the climate agenda in fragile and conflict-affected situations: one in which programmes and investments by all actors are linked, layered and sequenced in such a way that they mutually reinforce and support each other, and are informed by a clear understanding of the drivers of conflict and climate risks.

Item Type: Monographs and Working Papers (Discussion Paper)
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
Departments and Subunits > Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for Development, Environment and Policy
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Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2024 17:25
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/41716
Funders: Other

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