Adaptation Community Meeting: The Intersection of Global Fragility and Climate Risks
Extreme weather and other climate risks poses a multi-faceted and increasingly urgent security challenge for many fragile states. Physical and livelihood risks to the population can force states to redirect scarce resources to climate resilience or humanitarian response efforts, further straining the capacity of under-developed institutions and mechanisms to meet basic public needs.
A new global study funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) explores the dynamics and conditions of heightened vulnerability where state fragility and climate risks overlap. This study identifies the locations where climate and fragility risks intersect in different parts of the world and how the relationship between these factors vary from place to place. The research generated a series of global maps and analysis of climate and fragility patterns that are key to assessing compound climate-fragility risks.
January’s special webinar-based Adaptation Community Meeting will feature presentations from USAID’s Center for Resilience and the State Fragility Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin on the key results from this groundbreaking study, and discuss recommendations for further integrating climate and fragility considerations into the design and implementation of development policies and programs with illustrations from three country case studies in Bangladesh, Colombia, and Nigeria.
The Intersection of Global Fragility and Climate Risks report was commissioned by USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation and implemented by Management Systems International (MSI). The study was conducted by Ashley Moran, Joshua Busby, Clionadh Raleigh, Todd Smith, Roudabeh Kishi, Nisha Krishnan, and Charles Wight.
Cynthia Brady is a senior peacebuilding and conflict advisor with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She is currently serving with the Bureau for Food Security in the Center for Resilience. In that role, she spearheads efforts on field support, policy and thought leadership vis-à-vis conflict, fragility and violence as they relate to resilience. Her recent applied research has focused on food security, climate change and fragility, and water conflict and cooperation. Previously, she led USAID's work on environment, conflict and peacebuilding in the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation. She also served as a foreign affairs officer with the U.S. Department of State and worked for the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) based in Vienna, Austria.
Ashley McIlvain Moran directs the State Fragility Initiative at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin, where she leads research on state fragility dynamics, governance challenges in the Middle East, and democratic institutional development. At the university, she previously led the Strauss Center’s DoD-funded program on Climate Change and African Political Stability, served as a core researcher on its DoD-funded program on Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia, and taught on security and development in fragile states at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Overseas, she served as parliamentary advisor in Georgia for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), ran democratic reform programs and trainings in Iraq and Azerbaijan for NDI, and designed rule of law programs in Kyrgyzstan for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).