Our study areas
Working in 7 countries in the semi-arid regions of India, and East, Southern and West Africa, we focused our case studies on regionally-relevant, socio-ecological risks and dynamics relating to livelihoods, and resource access, use, and management.
Our research themes
Our regional teams worked in a coordinated manner in order to develop a systemic understanding of the processes and factors that impede adaptation and cause vulnerability to persist.
Capacity building
To ensure that ASSAR’s impact would live on after the project was completed, we prioritised building the capacity of project team members, and a variety of external stakeholders in our regional study sites.
Our outputs
We worked to develop audience-appropriate communication products to ensure that important research findings reached the right people, at the right times, and in the right ways.
Our team
The interdisciplinary ASSAR team comprised a mix of research and practitioner organisations from 11 countries. It included groups with global reach as well as those deeply embedded in their communities.


Working in the semi-arid regions of Africa and India, the five-year (2014-2018), multi-institutional and multi-scale ASSAR project combined interdisciplinary scientific research (at regional and thematic levels), capacity building, and stakeholder engagement to improve understanding of the barriers and enablers to effective climate adaptation. Our work centred on informing climate adaptation policy and practice in ways that advance the agency and long-term wellbeing of the most vulnerable.

ASSAR was a project within the CARIAA (Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia) programme, funded by IDRC and DFID.


Our study areas


Our themes


Capacity building


Our outputs