What Does Social Protection Have to do With Climate Resilience?
March 24, 2011
There is growing interest within the international development community in identifying ways to reduce poor people's vulnerability to climate variability and change; in other words, how to make adaptation 'pro-poor'. Social protection offers a promising way through which to build the resilience of poor people, especially in the context of agriculture and food security.
The World Bank, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and Institute of Development Studies (IDS) held a workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in March 2011 to bring together a range of stakeholders to discuss these issues. The aim of the workshop was to understand how social protection can contribute to pro-poor disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, and to draw lessons and examples of good practice from field-based experience.
In his video message to the workshop in Addis Ababa, Andrew Steer, Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank, applauded Ethiopia for being a “pioneer in the revolution that is under way in social protection programs for the poor”..