Leave no one behind

Tackling extreme poverty

27 February 2018

In February 2018, CCMCC was invited to present key findings at the annual DFID multi-cadre event, a learning event for DFID team members. This year’s objective was to “deepen understanding to build consensus and coherence around extreme poverty”. CCMCC was invited to share how issues relating to conflict and cooperation can impact climate interventions aiming to alleviate poverty.

CCMCC’s core objectives include contributing to the reduction of vulnerability of the poor in the face of climate change, minimising the risks of climate change related violence of the poor and vulnerable, and informing future climate-related investments. Added to the fact that the programme was designed by DFID to feed into future investments, the cadre conference was an opportune moment to inform DFID team members on some of the key findings of the programme.

Sebastiaan Soeters presented on findings from the TICCI project and in particular the impact of adaptation interventions on farmer-herder relations in dryland belts in Ghana, Kenya and Burkina Faso. His research has found that such interventions may increase competition over natural resources between farmers and pastoralists, directly, as well as indirectly, through a series of spill-overs. Adaptation interventions in African drylands are generally poor at operating in multi-user landscapes.

A result of the project applying conflict-sensitive approaches to adaptation interventions included the three northern regional ministers in Ghana signing a statement of commitment supporting climate change and / or agricultural programming which seeks to create winwin scenarios between farmer and pastoralists. This document has been used to lobby for new approaches.

Additional key findings from the CCMCC projects were presented, each with a particular focus on what it could mean for the British Government’s commitment to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development to eradicate extreme poverty and ensure no one is left behind.

CCMCC has committed to working closely with DFID advisors, researchers and project developers in incorporating the findings from the programme into new climate investments.

Key findings related to Leave no one behind

  • Climate change can trigger, intensify or multiply conflicts and can undermine existing cooperation around natural resources;
  • Regulating land use change and developing cross sectoral guidelines to improve participation could enhance cooperation around natural resources in Bangladesh;
  • CCMCC research has found – especially in Nepal – that while climate change was not necessarily the main driver behind conflict, it should be an essential part of policy, planning and natural resource management;
  • On REDD+, improved coordination, implementation, and benefit-sharing with a focus on justice is essential to reducing conflicts around natural resources in the face of climate change.

Key challenges related to Leave no one behind

  • There is a lack of awareness of conflicts in climate policies and practices (absence of conflict does not mean that it does not exist);
  • There is a lack of engagement of affected communities in policy development and implementation - social exclusion of already marginalised communities / groups not addressed adequately;
  • The knowledge gap on the link between conflict and climate interventions in fragile contexts could impact investments.


Source: NWO