Building Resilience to Climate Change in the SADC

DFID, Botswana

Between 2012 and 2016 DFID funding supported the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to enhance regional and national responses to climate change, poverty and livelihood vulnerability as part of the RVAA (Regional Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis) strategy. This strategy embraces cross cutting themes which broadly target protection of and improvement in people’s livelihoods in the region. The RVAA strategy is to be followed by a policy situated within the wider framework of RISDP (Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan 2015-2020). Therefore, the purpose of this assignment is to guide the design of the next phase of the RVAA programme by assessing the current strengths of the strategy.

The Regional Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis programme has been designed to realise institutional and conceptual achievements in relation to short-term responses to emergencies and livelihoods hazards as well as broader, longer-term approaches to sustained poverty, and livelihood vulnerability. One of the most significant aspects of the RVAA system is to track, report and respond to food security in the region.

Mokoro Principal Consultant, Ray Purcell, provided technical assistance for this assignment acting as team leader. The nature of the work included reviewing the current 2012-16 strategy, identifying the programme’s strengths and demonstrable sustainability and advising on the design of future stages of the RVAA strategy.

Work throughout SADC was required for this assignment with a methodology involving participatory analyses and reviews at regional and national level.

The people behind the project

Project leader: Ray Purcell

Principal Consultant