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Poverty and vulnerability

Building adaptation and disaster risk reduction policies that contribute to eradicating poverty
Community perceptions of climate vulnerability in Peru
Children's shadows
S. Torfinn / Panos Pictures
To what extent has the scientific capacity to forecast climate change extremes benefited vulnerable communities? This study captures the perspectives and opinions of communities in Peru and the role of weather and climate information, as well as other non-formal information sources, for anticipating and adapting to climatic extremes.

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Low-Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) Handbook no.5
ClimaSouth 2015
This handbook reflects the content presented, and the discussions held, during the ClimaSouth LEDS Seminar held in Marrakech, on 16-17 April 2015. The handbook is intended as an introduction to the concept of Low-Emission Development ...
What Explains the Allocation of Aid and Private Investment for Electrification?
A. Pueyo / Institute of Development Studies UK 2014
This paper aims to inform policy looking to step up investment in the electricity sector of developing countries and align it to other development goals such as universal access to energy or sustainability. Three questions guid...
Maximisation of Benefits for the Poor of Investments in Renewable Electricity: A Policy Tool for Project Planning
A. Pueyo; S. Spratt; S. DeMartino / Institute of Development Studies UK 2014
Electricity improves users’ quality of life and can enable income generation when used for productive activities, hence supporting an escape from the poverty trap. Where generation comes from renewable sources, it also makes a po...
Strengthening the Poverty Impact of Renewable Electricity Investments: Summary of E-Discussion
A. Pueyo / Institute of Development Studies UK 2014
On 19 and 20 March 2014 IDS convened an e-discussion on ‘strengthening the poverty impact of renewable electricity investments’. The event sought to instigate a global dialogue on what is required to maximise the poverty imp...
Climate and livestock disease: assessing the vulnerability of agricultural systems to livestock pests under climate change scenarios
Climate Change Agriculture Food Security 2015
Livestock as a sector is extremely important to the global economy and to rural livelihoods. As of 2013, there was an estimated 38 billion livestock in the world, or five animals for every person. Most (81%) were in developing countri...
Mass displacement and the challenge for urban resilience
A. Kirbyshire; E. Wilkinson; V. le Masson; P. Batra / Overseas Development Institute 2017
The concept of urban resilience is increasingly being used to describe the attributes of the urban system that are needed to deal with environmental disasters, conflict and financial crises. Large-scale, sudden population move...
Vulnerability to climate change and adaptation strategies of local communities in Malawi: experiences of women fish-processing groups in the Lake Chilwa Basin
H. Jørstad; C. Webersik / Earth System Dynamics 2016
In recent years, research on climate change and human security has received much attention among policy makers and academia alike. Communities in the Global South that rely on an intact resource base and struggle with poverty,...
Framing climate change loss and damage in UNFCCC negotiations
L. Vanhala; C. Hestbaek / Global Environmental Politics 2016
How does an idea emerge and gain traction in the international arena when its under-pinning principles are contested by power ful players? The adoption in 2013 of the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage as part o...
Making a killing: who pays the real costs of Big Oil, Coal and Gas?
J.-A. Richards; K. Boom / Heinrich Böll Foundation - European Union 2016
The single biggest cause of climate change is burning fossil fuels. The Carbon Majors - who include big coal, oil and gas - have extracted fossil fuels responsible for roughly two thirds of climate change pollution. This paper...
Typologies of Loss and Damage and associated actions
E. Boyd; R. James / Environmental Change Institute 2016
Loss and Damage (L&D) has emerged as a key area in international climate policy with actions to address L&D being developed under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Dev...
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 Land use

This Key Issues guide does not attempt to be a one-stop ‘how-to’ guide to ending poverty in the context of climate change. Rather, the approach taken is to consider four processes which the author feels will have fundamental implications for climate change and poverty efforts, but which perhaps do not currently receive the attention they deserve. Read more here.