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Climate Adaptation Within Livelihoods and Poverty Programmes: Responding to Extreme Heat in India

By BRAC UPGI • February 5, 2024 • 1 minute read

The authors of this paper are Shweta S. Banerjee (Country Lead India, BRAC International), Siraz Hirani (Senior Programme Management Specialist, Mahila Housing Trust), Boudewijn Weijermars (Technical Advisor, BRAC International), Ramesh Veluru (India Programme Officer, BRAC International)

India is experiencing the effects of the current 1°C global warming. Heat waves, floods, and droughts are affecting the lives of communities across the region. At this present moment, a disproportionate amount of attention is paid to climate mitigation. One of the reasons is that it attracts the lion’s share of global climate finance, eight times as much funding as climate adaptation. Adaptation efforts are needed as climate shocks push more people into poverty. This paper presents how to integrate adaptive measures within rural and urban livelihood programmes, especially programmes that are designed for the most vulnerable populations. This paper has been co-written by BRAC International and Mahila Housing Trust to invite further discussion on the topic by key stakeholders like the government, civil society, and the private sector.

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