Pathways to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies (PRISE) is a five-year, multi-country research project that generates new knowledge about how economic development in semi-arid regions can be made more equitable and resilient to climate change.
PRISE aims to strengthen the commitment of decision-makers in local and national governments, businesses and trade bodies to rapid, inclusive and resilient development in these regions. It does so by deepening their understanding of the threats and opportunities that semi-arid economies face in relation to climate change.
Ground breaking in its focus, PRISE research adopts a policy and development-first approach to engaging decision-makers in governments, businesses and trade bodies. Rather than starting with complex climate change projections, this research begins by identifying the decisions people need to make now about investment choices and development options for semi-arid regions. Decision-makers and the research team decide jointly on the research questions and study areas to ensure that the research responds to demand. This approach means that PRISE has the flexibility to support policy makers and investors with quick-response research whenever the need arises, as well as the capacity to lead longer-term collaborative studies.
PRISE research targets semi-arid areas across six countries in Africa and Asia: Burkina Faso, Senegal, Tanzania, Kenya, Pakistan and Tajikistan.
The research is organised around five areas: (1) climate risk management, (2) governance, institutions and finance, (3) markets and supply chains, (4) natural capital and (5) human capital. Each area is led by a consortium partner and engages researchers from across the five consortium members to ensure a blend of cross-disciplinary expertise and methodological insights.
The consortium’s four member organisations are:
- ODI (UK)
- Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK)
- Sustainable Development Policy Institute (Pakistan)
- Innovation, Environnement et Développement Afrique (Senegal)
The PRISE project's Country Research partners include:
- Regional Environment Center for Central Asia (Tajikistan)
- University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
- Kenya Markets Trust (Kenya)
- Mountain Societies Research Institute (Kyrgyzstan)
The project is funded by the International Development Research Centre in Canada and the UK Department for International Development.
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