Climate Change and Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa
Political Conflict

What International Donors Should Know About Drought and Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa

Author(s): Curtis Bell
Date: September 29, 2016
Publication Type: Policy Briefs
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Overview:

Some argue that climate change effects pose one of the greatest risks for political violence, and others argue there is no relationship whatsoever. A new study shows that there is gray area between the two sides, and offers policy implications for international donors. 

Key Findings:

  • Conflict brought on by scarcity of resources does occur, under very specific circumstances.
  • International donors must prioritize adaptation projects and be sensitive to the risks of political violence as they relate to extreme weather events.
  • Violent civil conflict in sub-Saharan Africa has been more likely after severe drought in middle-income countries than in the poorest states.
  • International donors should consider local and traditional adaptation strategies, which can reduce conflict risks during severe weather.

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