Building resilience and adaptation to climate extremes and disasters programme (BRACED)

BRACED provides funding for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to build the resilience of people to extreme climate events in selected countries in the Sahel, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

This guidance was withdrawn on

This fund is now closed.


BRACED Project Development Grants (PDGs) have now been awarded, and projects are currently underway, see attached document with the list of projects (PDF, 25KB, 5 pages) . The guidance document and application form for full funding are available below. Only projects with an existing PDG are eligible to apply for full funding from BRACED. Proposals for the permanent Fund Manager and Knowledge Manager for BRACED have now been submitted and are currently being evaluated.


Climate is changing and the most immediate impact is likely to be from extreme climate events such as droughts, floods, storms and cyclones. The 2012 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events (SREX) and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation provides clear evidence that climate change has already affected the magnitude and frequency of some climate extremes.

The UK’s Humanitarian and Emergency Response Review (HERR) predicted that globally 375 million people a year will be affected by climate-related disasters by 2015, and recommended that DFID should integrate the threat from climate change and other potential hazards into disaster risk reduction. The BRACED programme is part of DFID’s response to this recommendation.

BRACED is expected to directly benefit up to 5 million vulnerable people, especially women and children, in developing countries by helping them become more resilient to climate extremes. In addition, through helping improve national policies and institutions to better integrate disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate adaptation and development approaches, we expect the programme to indirectly help many millions more.

To help deliver these results DFID has issued a call for proposals from consortia, alliances and partnerships led by NGOs to scale up proven technologies and practices in the Sahel (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Senegal) and in selected DFID focal countries (Burma, Nepal, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, and Mozambique) at most risk of climate extremes.

Further information

Links to the full guidance on the call and an application form can be found below. Please also read the questions and answers (PDF, 567KB, 22 pages) table and the additional guidance on definitions on direct beneficiaries below.

All application for grants must be submitted electronically to by 11:59pm BST on 31 July 2014.

Documents for project grant applicants

Published 3 September 2013
Last updated 26 August 2014 + show all updates
  1. Added: Interactive map of development phase BRACED projects – please select slide show format in order to use
  2. Added: Early VfM AdaptationToolkit and Early VfM Adaptation report
  3. interim Monitoring and Evaluation Guidance for the BRACED Programme II: 16 May 2014 added
  4. New and revised documents added: KPI 4 guidance: Number of people whose resilience has been improved Revised KPI 1 guidance specific to BRACED : Number of people supported to cope Revised BRACED programme logframe introductory document Revised BRACED programme logframe
  5. Updated Monitoring and Evaluation questions and answers added 2 June 2014 version
  6. Removal of paragraph about meeting on 19 September 2013.
  7. Revised questions and answers doc added 15 May 2014
  8. Revised version of questions and answers document added 12 May 2014
  9. Questions and answers document updated 24 April 2014
  10. Monthly report template updated
  11. Revised questions and answers document added
  12. Revised version of question and answers added.
  13. Application guidelines and application form added
  14. Assessing the impact of ICF programmes on household and community resilience to climate variability and climate change: Draft
  15. Revised version of BRACED: Additional guidance, corections and frequently asked questions 07/11/2013 added
  16. Updated version of "additional guidance, corrections and frequently asked questions": added summary of International Climate Fund key performance indicators added
  17. guidance on definition of direct beneficiaries’ updated 22 October 2013 additional guidance, corrections and FAQs’ updated 21 October 2013
  18. added additional pdf
  19. Links added to minutes and powerpoint presentations from meetings on 18 September and 1 October 2013
  20. updated text
  21. new documents added ie presentation and ICF methodology
  22. Frequently asked questions added
  23. New logical framework for BRACED programme added to "Documents"
  24. First published.