Paper: On the potential of NGOs to build resilience to climate extremes and disasters in the Sahel and a selection of DFID priority countries

Abstract

The DFID Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) Programme is a multi-year programme under the UK International Climate Fund (ICF). BRACED will scale up funding to Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) interventions that build community resilience to extreme climate events in 10 countries, including 5 countries in the Sahel. The objectives of the programme are to directly build resilience to climate change in a number of communities; to build evidence on what works on adaptation and disaster risk reduction; and to develop national and international capacity and capability on response to climate-related disasters.

This Evidence Paper presents results from two phases of work. Phase I of this work was a rapid review which aimed to identify: (i) which NGOs are potential partners in the programme countries and what constraints they face in scaling up their programmes; (ii) what types of activities these partners are likely to implement if DFID funding were available; and (iii) what are the expected results from these activities. Consultations with a sample of international NGOs and DFID regional advisors demonstrated evidence of a strong demand for support in the NGO resilience community for the scale-up of resilience-building initiatives in the Sahel. Through interviews with 5 NGOs, phase I provided illustrative examples of expected results from programme activities.

Phase II built on this research through engaging a greater number of stakeholders and reviewing an extended list of secondary data to develop an ‘illustrative pipeline portfolio’ of activities for BRACED.

The Evidence Paper presents the results of the research and is structured according to the following questions:
1. Which NGOs (in the Sahel and DFID focal countries in Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia) are potential partners in the programme countries and what constraints (including financial and policy and institutional environment) do they face in scaling up their programmes?
2. What types of activities are these partners likely to implement if DFID funding were available; and what scale of finance do they require to implement activities over three years?
3. What are the expected results from NGO programmes that BRACED could support, and what are the baselines that NGOs would be working from?

Citation

Standley, S. Paper: On the potential of NGOs to build resilience to climate extremes and disasters in the Sahel and a selection of DFID priority countries. Evidence on Demand, UK (2013) 25 pp. [DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12774/eod_cr.july2013.standley]

Paper: On the potential of NGOs to build resilience to climate extremes and disasters in the Sahel and a selection of DFID priority countries

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