New projects will drive social and gender transformative climate research

May 30, 2019

IDRC is pleased to announce $4 million in research funding for six new projects that will support greater social equity in climate action.

Kabefa farmers group harvesting the beans crop from farmers group plot
Sven Torfinn / Panos Pictures

For climate action to be effective, research must move beyond biophysical risk factors. Gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, age, and physical ability influence how individuals experience climate change. These factors must be considered to develop effective climate adaptation solutions.

These recently funded projects build on IDRC’s history as a key development funder, contributor of evidence-based climate research, and incubator of innovative and inclusive climate adaptation solutions. The research will focus on high quality, demand-driven, policy-relevant climate action, with an emphasis on the effects of climate change on the lives and livelihoods of women and girls.

With their focus on empowering women in the least-developed countries (where climate pressures and environmental stresses are particularly acute), these projects will contribute to the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the realization of Sustainable Development Goal 5.   

Read more about these new research projects:

Scaling climate change adaptation knowledge and technologies to empower women and enhance social equity and disaster resilience in Bangladesh 

Bangladesh is one of the top four countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. This project will test and scale up locally appropriate climate change adaptation technologies that support social and gender equity and enhance community resilience to disasters.

Water-induced disasters risk management planning in Nepal 

Water-induced disasters are becoming more frequent and severe in Nepal. Although disaster risk management plans exist, there is a gap between policy and practice. This project will address these gaps by examining the links between water-induced disasters, climate change, and factors such as gender and migration.  

Empowering women as key leaders in promoting community-based climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in the Niger Delta Region

The project aims to contribute to socially equitable development by promoting women-led, community-based initiatives on climate-change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, including strategies for water preservation and use, income generation, and food security. Findings will contribute to the implementation of the Delta State Government’s climate change policy.

Addressing climate and water-driven migration and conflict interlinkages to build community resilience in the Congo Basin

Adverse effects of climate change are amplifying the vulnerabilities of the Congo Basin’s 120 million people, who are reliant on rain-fed agriculture. There is also speculation that climate change exacerbates conflicts due to increased pressure on resources. These interlinked challenges threaten livelihoods, increase competition, intensify divisions and ethnic tension, and trigger poorly designed climate action. This project will involve quantitative and qualitative research to guide and assess gender-specific climate adaptation and conflict resolution strategies.

Socio-environmental strategies to strengthen resilience of women migrant workers in the Reconquista River Basin, Buenos Aires, Argentina

This project explores the local reality faced by thousands of women migrant workers in the lower territories of the Reconquista River Basin, one of the most polluted areas in the country.
The research will analyze the extent to which climate change determines women’s migration to the Reconquista area. It will also examine how social factors such as class, ethnicity, and gender interact with socio-environmental and climate-based realities to determine the capacity of migrant women to exercise their control over resources and decision-making.

Developing inclusive resilience to climate change and disasters in Benin 

The incidence of climate-related disasters in Benin is expected to increase with climate change. Agriculture is the most affected sector, and although the country has made strides developing national plans and policies for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, these give limited attention to the specific roles and vulnerabilities of women and other marginzalized groups. The project aims to contribute to climate-resilient and inclusive development through research that identifies, addresses, and promotes the specific needs of women and other marginalized groups in policies, plans, and programming.