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Humanitarian action on climate and conflict: narratives, challenges and opportunities

Research report

Written by Sophie Tholstrup, Mauricio Vazquez

Image credit:Thousands Displaced by Floods and Conflict near Jowhar, Somalia. Image license:UN Photo/Tobin Jones (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The worsening impacts of climate change on the world’s most vulnerable people place the management of climate and conflict risk squarely within the humanitarian domain. The ways in which humanitarian actors approach these challenges matter, both for the effectiveness of emergency response and for broader climate action in fragile and conflict-affected situations.

This report and policy brief, produced as part of the USAID-funded project Catalysing cohesive action on climate and security, look at how humanitarian actors are setting out their roles, examining their emerging approaches to addressing and reducing needs triggered by climate hazards in fragile and conflict-affected settings, and linking with the work of other actors. It identifies consistent themes, emerging tensions and implications on how to optimise the contribution of humanitarian actors to the whole-of-system efforts needed to build climate resilience.