Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia

Some parts of the world are especially vulnerable to the extreme effects of climate change. 


Sea level rise, changes in precipitation patterns, and glacial melt endanger the livelihoods of large numbers of poor people. Semi-arid regions, deltas, and glacier- and snowpack-dependent river basins are three such climate change “hot spots”.

The Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) builds the resilience of vulnerable populations and their livelihoods in these hot spots by supporting collaborative research on climate change adaptation to inform policy and practice. CARIAA takes a unique approach by organizing research around four consortia that bring together more than 450 researchers and postgraduate students affiliated with 18 member institutions and more than 40 partner organizations. Each consortium focuses on research related to one of the three climate change hot spots in 14 countries in Africa and Asia.

IDRC and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) are partnering to support this program, which runs until 2019. The experience and lessons learned through their earlier joint climate change effort, the Climate Change Adaptation in Africa program (2006-2012), have provided insight and guidance for CARIAA’s mission.

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Read more about CARIAA and the research we support in our brochure (PDF, 583KB)

Meet CARIAA’s young researchers and their efforts to promote learning and knowledge-sharing across regions, contexts, and disciplines. 


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