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Theme: Gender

Climate change impacts and climate variability affect different people in different ways. While the harm caused by an impact is partly dependent on the event itself (a flood for example), the risks and vulnerabilities faced by people, households and communities are often socially-differentiated (e.g., by gender, ethnicity, age, wealth). This means that a person’s agency, and ability to respond and adapt to both climatic and non-climatic risks, is affected by a complex mix of structural and institutional arrangements, gender relations, inequalities, and norms and traditions. Understanding this complexity is not only essential to ensuring that adaptation is sustainable and successful, but also that it is equitable and does not compromise people’s wellbeing.

Yet, an appreciation of social differentiation in relation to climate change risks and impacts is largely absent from the existing research and literature and poorly addressed in prevailing adaptation practice. To address this, our research aims to understand how transformative adaptation (adaptation that is effective and challenges existing inequalities) can be achieved in highly differentiated and unequal social contexts. To do this, in each region of ASSAR we will seek answers to the following questions:

  • How do vulnerabilities to current risks vary among social groups?

  • How do responses to current risks vary among social groups?

  • How are vulnerability and response patterns changing, and why?

  • What are the implications of current and proposed adaptation on the wellbeing and vulnerability of different social groups?


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  • What I learned and reflected on after spending a few days with ASSAR’s gender experts

    Lucia Scodanibbio recounts what she has learned after a three-day writeshop with gender experts.



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  • Adaptation to climate change or non-climatic stressors in semi-arid regions? Evidence of gender differentiation in three agrarian districts of Ghana

    Abstract: With the increasing impacts of climate change in Africa, a relationship between rainfall and yields in semi-arid Ghana has been observed. Drawing insights from three agrarian societies in the semi-arid region of Ghana using qualitative research methods, the study reports how people currently deal with climate variability as insight on how they will deal with climate change in the future.

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  • How depleting groundwater threatens women's livelihoods in India's Bhavani region

    In December 2016, as part of the Small Opportunities Grant awarded by ASSAR, I visited the University of East Anglia (UEA) to work with Dr Nitya Rao on a study I am conducting in the Bhavani region in Tamil Nadu, India, on gender and groundwater.

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  • Mobility as an adaptation response in Isiolo County, Kenya: Gendering the debate

    Isiolo county in Kenya largely comprises semi-arid and arid rangelands which are subject to increased degradation of pastures, climate variability – particularly in rainfall patterns, and with consequent water scarcity – and growing conflict due to changing pressures on land and land use.

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  • Webinar: what if gender became an essential, standard element of vulnerability assessments?

    The webinar drew on experiences from development practitioners and considered what we have learnt about the importance of integrating gender issues into VAs.

    Watch it here