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. The ASSAR consortium was a partnership between five lead managing institutions – the University of Cape Town (South Africa), the University of East Anglia (United Kingdom), START (United States of America), Oxfam GB (United Kingdom) and the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (India) - and 12 partners – the University of Botswana, University of Namibia, the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia, University of Ghana, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, University of Nairobi, Addis Ababa University, Ashoka Trust for Ecology and the Environment, Watershed Organisation Trust, Indian Institute for Tropical Meteorology, Reos Partners, and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre.
CARIAA programme and funders
ASSAR was one of four hotspot research projects in the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) programme, funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).