Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED)

September 2014 to September 2019

As stated under goal one of the Sustainable Development Goals, building the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations is vital to end extreme poverty – as is reducing their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and disasters. We know that these vulnerabilities, when combined with other shocks and stresses, presents significant barriers to development progress and economic growth.

BRACED is designed to tackle this combination of poverty, insecurity, disasters and climate extremes through scaling up proven technologies and practices in the countries most at risk. Research and evaluation will build the evidence on what works on adaptation, disaster risk reduction and building national and international capacity to respond to climate related disasters.

BRACED projects cover a wide range of issues, from securing, servicing and promoting trans-border livestock mobility across the Sahel, to sharing skills and technology to improve uptake of climate information in Ethiopia, to supporting smallholder farmers in Nepal to take advantage of economic opportunities and investments in climate-smart technologies.

The BRACED Knowledge Manager consortium, led by the Overseas Development Institute, aims to build a new approach to knowledge and learning. It will act as a centre for developing and disseminating resilience knowledge and ensure BRACED contributes to a sustained and transformational impact on people’s resilience to climate extremes beyond the communities directly supported by funded projects.

Evidence from across the BRACED portfolio and beyond will be gathered through evaluations at different levels, thematic research, and original learning approaches. BRACED will support project partners to increase the impact of their work by integrating ongoing learning into their approach. Evidence will be shared with practitioners to benefit wider programming and will be fed in to policy dialogues to inform national policies and institutions.

Through supporting better integration of disaster risk reduction, adaptation and development approaches, BRACED expects to benefit up to 5 million vulnerable people, especially women and girls, by helping them become more resilient to climate extremes. Fifteen projects operate across 13 countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Senegal, Niger, Mauritania, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Myanmar, and Nepal. 


BRACED Resilience exchange: what have we learned so far?

Research reports and studies | September 2017 | Carina Bachofen, James Baer, Elizabeth Carabine, Blane Harvey, Bettina Koelle, Virginie Le Masson, Katie Peters, Florence Pichon, Charlotte Rye, Catherine Simonet, James Smith, Zoe Tabary, Emily Wilkinson and Dave Wilson
The BRACED Resilience Exchange shares what has been learned across the DFID funded resilience programme after it's first two years.

Disasters and national economic resilience

Working and discussion papers | February 2017 | Catherine Simonet, Eva Comba and Emily Wilkinson
This working paper aims to provide an analysis of economic resilience at the national level, presenting broad changes in resilience to climate extremes over a 42 year period.

How does social protection build resilience?

Briefing papers | February 2017 | Rachel Slater and Martina Ulrichs
A series of briefings assess evidence from Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia on how large-scale national social protection programmes contribute to resilience.

Climate resilient planning toolkit

Toolkits | September 2016 | Mariana Matoso and Guy Jobbins
A toolkit to improve resilience of Basic Service Delivery Systems designed to develop and deliver health, education, water and sanitation hardware interventions.

Cultivating climate resilience: the Shea value chain

Working and discussion papers | May 2016 | Sara Venturini, Anna Haworth, Nadine Coudel, Elisa Jiménez Alonso and Catherine Simonet
Shea, as both a commodity and a tree, has the potential to boost climate resilience for communities. This Working Paper looks at how Burkina Faso is benefiting.

Climate resilience and financial services

Working and discussion papers | February 2016 | Anna Haworth, Camille Frandon-Martinez, Virginie Fayolle and Catherine Simonet
This BRACED working paper provides a high-level overview of the context and structure of the financial services sector in three BRACED countries; Ethiopia, Mali and Myanmar.

Gender and resilience: from theory to practice

Working and discussion papers | January 2016 | Virginie Le Masson, Maggie Opondo, Ubah Abdi, Patricia Nangiro, Melanie Hilton, Yee Mon Maung, Sophie Rigg, Emma Lovell and Florence Pichon
This BRACED working paper reflects on what progress has been made to link gender equality and resilience in development projects.

Climate extremes and resilient poverty reduction

Research reports and studies | December 2015 | Emily Wilkinson, Katie Peters, Thomas Tanner, Catherine Simonet, Florence Pichon, Roop Kamal Singh, Erin Coughlan de Perez, Janot Mendler de Suarez, Blane Harvey, Amy Kirbyshire, Robert Muir-Wood
This report explores the relationship between climate change and poverty, focusing on climate extreme disasters.

Climate information and services in BRACED countries

Research reports and studies | December 2015 | Emily Wilkinson, Mirianna Budimir, Atiq Kainan Ahmed and Gilbert Ouma
Access to sound climate information is vital for anticipating climate-related risks and adapting to climate change. As such, it is recognised as an essential input to BRACED projects to guide programming.

Gender and resilience

Working and discussion papers | October 2015 | Virginie Le Masson, Andrew Norton and Emily Wilkinson
This BRACED working paper reviews different approaches to incorporating gender equality objectives into climate resilience projects. This paper is also now available in French.

The 3As: tracking resilience across BRACED

Working and discussion papers | August 2015 | Aditya Bahadur, Katie Peters, Emily Wilkinson, Florence Pichon, Kirsty Gray and Thomas Tanner
Measuring resilience to climate extremes and disasters: tracking adaptation, anticipation, absorption and transformation through the BRACED programme.