Across both countries, we are working with local communities to identify and act to mitigate the risks posed by climate extremes and disasters. In particular, our consortiums aim to:
- Improve access to reliable climate information through the use of text messaging and public service announcements on local radio stations.
- Maximise key assets, such as livestock produce and other sources.
- Increase the capacity of local communities to respond to climate threats through training and the development of disaster response plans.
- Improve local capacity through strategies for market diversification, such as home gardens, a broader range of irrigation systems and development of lowlands.
- Better understand the specific impact of climate extremes on women and girls.
The programmes primarily focus on those living in pastoral and agro-pastoral communities. This includes socio-professionals such as farmers and herders and vulnerable groups, primarily women and girls.
Our approach involves bringing together a wide range of local partners and utilising a mix of participatory methods.
For example, we work with government stakeholders and communities to create reliable climate information which will be used to interpret and respond to climate extremes. We also work with local service providers such as radio stations to produce and disseminate this information.
The climate is changing rapidly. With limited resources and time to build resilience, we must learn what works, how it is working, and how this can be scaled up, if we’re serious about supporting the people who are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and disasters. The collective ambition of the 120+ organisations that make up BRACED tries to do exactly that. Part way through our journey we’re sharing what we’ve learned, challenging what we think we know, and digging deeper into questions that remain unanswered.
Over the course of 2015, Christian Aid helped provide photography training and support to a remote rural community in southern Ethiopia. We gained a behind-the-scenes look at the impact climate change is having on daily lives.