Working with Marginal Populations: An Annex to the USAID Climate-Resilient Development Framework
Members of marginal populations are often exposed to different climate impacts, affected by the same climate impacts to a different degree, or have different resilience to climate and non-climate stressors. It is therefore important to identify these populations when development initiatives are undertaken.
This report helps practitioners understand the importance of identifying and addressing the situations that influence marginal populations and understand how to incorporate their perspectives, needs, and capacities into each phase of USAID's Climate-Resilient Development Framework.
The framework is an approach to development that enables people to cope with current climate variability and adapt to future climate change. It considers climate impacts and helps preserve development gains and minimize damages.
The report notes that marginal populations can be uniquely exposed to a climate stressor. For example, members of a community who are located in a floodplain will be uniquely exposed to flooding relative to those who live above it. They might also have more sensitivity to a climate stressor. If they are sedentary farmers, they might be more exposed to the impacts of floods than pastoralists who can move herds to higher ground. They might also have a different capacity to adapt.
The annex gives details on how to address their needs at each phase of a climate adaptation project.
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