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October 2023 Newsletter Recap: Behavior Change

By Climatelinks

Did you miss the Climatelinks October newsletter? We’ve got you covered. Please find a recap of the October ‘Behavior Change’ theme below. You won’t want to miss this short list of top programs, resources, and blogs from the month. Subscribe to our newsletter today. Do you want to contribute to the Climatelinks community? Send us a resource, blog, or event.

As the climate crisis continues to affect people’s lives and livelihoods, behavior change is becoming an even more important component of successful climate change initiatives. Behavioral science can provide critical insights that are useful when designing and implementing climate programs. With a human-centered perspective rooted in behavior change, climate practitioners can help communities adapt to an uncertain future.

Fresh Blog Posts

Addressing Cooperative Dilemmas in Fisher Communities Using Behavior Change

Through the Feed the Future Resilient Coastal Communities Activity, USAID and Rare are helping coastal communities in Mozambique conserve the marine and terrestrial ecosystems vital to slowing the impacts of climate change through the adoption of sustainable resource management practices. Rare uses tools that draw from behavioral science to expand the toolkit of environmental solutions and enhance more “traditional” management practices. 

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Focusing on Agency Can Strengthen Social and Behavior Change Programming to Support Climate Adaptation

Agency is a critical component of people’s ability to adapt and respond to changing social, cultural, and environmental circumstances and has the potential to strengthen resilience to these shifts. Understanding agency through a gendered lens will enable health-focused social and behavior change programs to produce transformative results that strengthen everyone's capacity for climate change adaptation.

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Using Behavior Change to Create Water–and Climate–Solutions

Successful climate behavior change programming goes beyond just raising awareness about the climate crisis; programs need to take a holistic approach by also providing people with the tools to help them change their behaviors. Using findings from the latest research on behavior change in USAID water security, sanitation, and hygiene programming presents a high-impact opportunity to improve human well-being while fighting the climate crisis. 

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Applying a Human-Centered Perspective to Climate Uncertainty

The need to prepare for uncertain situations is becoming more common as the climate crisis exacerbates droughts, the spread of disease, conflict, and other threats to human well-being. Innovations in social and behavior change programming can increase the effectiveness of efforts to enhance resilience while addressing climate change.

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New Resources

Behavior Change in the Face of Disaster Risk Finance

Large-scale disaster risk finance mechanisms are relatively new tools in the field of humanitarian assistance and they can have significant positive effects on disaster recovery. Drawing on findings from similar programs, such as community health and microfinance, can provide insights into areas where disaster risk finance may have an impact.

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Integrated Social and Behavior Change Communication Programs Implementation Kit

This brief is intended to outline key concepts, advantages, and challenges of integrated social and behavior change communication (SBCC) programming, 

aid in the design and implementation of SBCC projects, and inform those who would like to better understand and manage existing projects. 

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Climate Risk Management Spotlight

Climate-Resilient Development 101

This 2-hour online course uses interactive features and videos to introduce fundamental concepts of climate resilient development, including how climate impacts are affecting key development sectors. The course includes a practical module, which helps users learn how to conduct a climate risk assessment using USAID’s Climate Risk Screening and Management Tool.

Learn more.

Call for Content

Share your events and resources or write a blog related to an upcoming monthly theme! Check out our upcoming themes to see if your climate work aligns:

  • November and December: COP28
  • January and February: Climate Finance
  • March and April: Low-emissions Agriculture

If your USAID-related climate change work relates to these themes, Climatelinks would love to feature your work and share your resources. Send us a resource or blog.

Strategic Objective
Adaptation, Mitigation
Adaptation, Climate Finance, Climate Risk Management, Coastal, Disaster Risk Management, Gender and Social Inclusion, Health, Locally-Led Development, Marine, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, Resilience, Water and Sanitation



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