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Christian Aid's climate change framework

Partner Christian Aid

Date of submission 01/04/2009



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:

  1. the full human impacts of climate change in the developing world;
  2. the risks of delaying any further political action to combat global warming;
  3. their existing obligations under the Convention, including in relation to adaptation financing;
  4. the importance of providing adequate levels of adaptation funding and funding for low-carbon development, in addition to existing ODA;
  5. 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 updates 

Action pledge updates

Developing and disseminating methods and tools
Christian Aid’s Approach to Climate Change Adaptation – Toolkits to support livelihoods planning
Adaptation toolkit Integrating Adaptation to Climate Change into Secure Livelihoods: 1. Framework and Approach; 2. Developing a climate change analysis; 4. Renewable Energy toolkit

Assessing impacts of, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change
Case Study – Piloting innovative approaches to tackle climate change in drought-prone East Africa

Scaling up community-based adaptation actions
A framework for Christian Aid programme responses
Case study for ACT toolkit on best practice

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

These updates 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"

Further information

Christian Aid's work on climate change
 Christian Aid's climate change framework

Regional focus Africa and the Arab States
Asia and the Pacific
Caribbean and Central America
Least Developed Countries
Polar Regions
Small Island Developing States
South America
Sector Education and training
Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries
Human health
Adaptation delivery activity Communications and awareness-raising
Humanitarian assistance
Pilot adaptation programmes/projects
NWP work area Adaptation planning and practices
Methods and tools
Socio-economic information
Target group Policy makers

Organizations, institutions and private sector companies at all levels and in a wide range of sectors can become engaged with the NWP by becoming a partner and making Action Pledges. Information about how organizations can become engaged with work on adaptation under the NWP can be found here.