Addressing climate change adaptation in fragile settings and conflict-affected countries: Lessons learned from the Adaptation Fund’s portfolio

Case Summary: 

Climate change presents a pressing global challenge. However, adverse impacts such as extreme weather events, resource scarcity, and population displacement, can be especially detrimental in conflict-affected and fragile states. Such countries face intricate challenges that further exacerbate security issues.

This study examines efforts of the Adaptation Fund (the Fund) to address climate change adaptation and build resilience in fragile and conflict-affected countries. It highlights key findings, challenges, and opportunities from these projects, providing insights to improve future interventions.

The study methodology included an extensive desk literature review and synthesis of Fund policies and guidelines related to the study, and a review of the selected project documents. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with project leaders to understand the project approaches, their effectiveness and lessons learned.

Overall, the study emphasizes the need to address climate change in the context of fragility, recognizing its potential to exacerbate challenges in vulnerable regions. The Fund’s portfolio includes projects in such contexts, reflecting its commitment to resilience-building. By drawing lessons from past experiences, the Fund can better shape future interventions in fragile settings.

Action Area 
Planning and Implementation Activity 
Governance and Stakeholder Engagement, Financing Implementation
Barriers overcome 
Adaptation Fund
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