Institute of Development Studies (IDS)
A new report entitled Social Protection and Climate Resilience highlights the importance of interaction among three areas of research and policymaking: social protection, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.
The report argues that greater integration and knowledge sharing among these fields would allow policies to better address household poverty and vulnerability. Currently, researchers and practitioners in these fields often work independently. The report also calls for greater collaboration between civil society organisations, donors and governments.
The report summarises the outcomes of a three-day international event held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which brought together practitioners from the three fields.
Greater interaction could produce social protection policies that help vulnerable households to escape poverty and become more resilient in the face of increasing climate-related shocks. These policies include food and cash transfers, crop insurance, public works programmes and anti-discrimination campaigns.
Christophe Béné, Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies and co-organiser of the Addis Ababa workshop, explained, “Adaptive social protection provides a potential bridge to the humanitarian-development divide and also links disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.”
The Adaptive Social Protection in the Context of Agriculture and Food Security programme conducts research on the integration of social protection, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, and seeks to demonstrate the value of this approach to policymakers and practitioners.