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Christian Aid
Christian Aid is a church-based UK and Irish development charity working in around fifty countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia.  It channels its aid through partner NGOs based in these countries.  Christian Aid has an integrated approach to poverty eradication – working on humanitarian relief, long term development, specific advocacy issues and campaigns for change and influence. It has been working on climate change since 2006.

Action Pledge (April 2009)


a)  Christian Aid will support and strengthen the work of its partners in the South to respond to the threat that a changing climate has already and will in future have on the livelihoods of the poorest and most vulnerable men and women. Key elements of this work will focus on community-based adaptation to both protect and transform livelihoods, including developing a forward-looking analysis of climate change based on both the latest climate science and local knowledge. It will draw on relevant best practice from humanitarian, disaster-risk reduction and long-term livelihoods development work to achieve an integrated approach to climate risk management that does not sacrifice long-term sustainability and resilience for short-term expediency and recognises the interaction of climate with other risk factors.


b)  We will build the capacity of grassroots partners to engage in emerging national and international policy debates on adaptation. Methods will include organising conferences and workshops on climate change adaptation, promoting web-based exchanges on adaptation issues and supporting partners to participate as active observers in the United Nations climate talks.

c)  Christian Aid will lobby rich nation governments – jointly with our civil society allies – to make them aware of and respond to:

(i)  the full human impacts of climate change in the developing world;

(ii)  the risks of delaying any further political action to combat global warming;

(iii)  their existing obligations under the Convention, including in relation to adaptation financing;

(iv)  the importance of providing adequate levels of adaptation funding and funding for low-carbon development, in addition to existing ODA; and

(v)  the need for any new climate deal to be pro-poor and centred on the principle of “common but differentiated” responsibilities and capabilities.

Action Pledge Update (September 2009)

The following were provided as contributions to and are summarised in the Nairobi work programme publication "Action pledges: Making a difference on the ground. A synthesis of outcomes, good practices, lessons learned, and future challenges and opportunities"

Developing and disseminating methods and tools
pdf-icon Christian Aid’s Approach to Climate Change Adaptation – Toolkits to support livelihoods planning. (176 kB)
Adaptation toolkit Integrating Adaptation to Climate Change into Secure Livelihoods pdf-icon 1. Framework and Approach (1061 kB)
Adaptation toolkit Integrating Adaptation to Climate Change into Secure Livelihoods pdf-icon 2. Developing a climate change analysis (444 kB)

Assessing impacts of, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change
pdf-icon Case Study – Piloting innovative approaches to tackle climate change in drought-prone East Africa (69 kB)

Scaling up community-based adaptation actions
pdf-icon A framework for Christian Aid programme responses (181 kB)
pdf-icon Case study for ACT toolkit on best practice. (130 kB)

Reducing risks of extreme events and climate-related disasters
pdf-icon Case Study – Working at both local government and community levels to reduce risk and adapt to climate change in Central America (103 kB)


Christian Aid

Christian Aid's work on climate change

pdf-icon Christian Aid's climate change framework (92 kB)