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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Explore research projects that we support.


  • Moving through uncertainty toward research for impact

    There was a time when we thought that change was predictable, and that our interventions in particular contexts would lead to the outcomes that we anticipated. Today we know that this is not the case. We understand that all communities, all...

    Georgina Cundill-Kemp
  • Collaboration and climate adaptation: more than the sum of its parts

    Struggling with years of drought and the spectre of a Day Zero shut-off of the public water supply, Cape Town offers a unique place to reflect on our changing environment and how to adapt. This city served as a timely gathering place for the...

    Bruce Currie-Alder
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    Using the SDGs as a tool to reflect our research

    Georgina Cundill Kemp, an IDRC senior program officer for the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA), recalled Nokwanele Mamkeli’s words of wisdom.             “ We learned to...

    Bruce Currie-Alder

Publications and resources

Through books, articles, research publications, and studies, we aim to widen the impact of our investment and advance development research.



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