Pathways to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies (PRISE)
Pathways to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies (PRISE) is a multi-country research project that generates new knowledge about how economic development in semi-arid regions can be made more equitable and resilient to climate change. This project aim to support the emergence of equitable, climate resilient economic development in semi-arid lands through research excellence and sustained engagement with business leaders, local and national government decision-makers, civil society, and regional economic communities. The research is organized around seven research projects:
1. Migration futures in Asia and Africa: climate change and climate-resilient economic development
2. Migration, remittances, adaptation and resilience in arid and semi-arid regions of Senegal and Tajikistan
3. Harnessing opportunities for climate-resilient economic development in semi-arid lands: adaptation options in key sectors
4. Enabling environment for private sector/multi-stakeholder action to strengthen resilience to climate change
5. Property regimes, investments and economic development in the context of climate change in semi-arid lands in East Africa
6. Cross-boundary multi-scale governance of semi-arid lands: Implications for climate resilience and economic development
7. Water governance in semi-arid lands: political and economic insights for the management of variability and extremes in a changing climate.
Major objectives guiding the PRISE project include:
1. Developing an evidence base on the impact of climate change on key factors conditioning the economic growth of semi-arid lands, and conversely how these factors condition vulnerability to climate change.
2. Developing an evidence base on the risks posed to economic growth in semi-arid lands by extreme climate events, particularly droughts and floods.
3. Identifying investment, policy and planning measures for inclusive climate resilient development and growth in semi-arid lands, and:
4. Leveraging existing initiatives and networks in a stakeholder engagement process that co-creates knowledge, builds credibility with research users, and promotes the uptake of results.
We have conducted a detailed thematic review paper on human capital; a country situation assessment report; and deep dive on migration with a focus on arid and semi-arid lands of Pakistan. Stakeholders were engaged throughout the inception phase for the identification of pilot projects, case studies and study sites.
With the beginning of implementation phase of the project in May 2015, SDPI has initiated ground work on three selected areas of work:
1. Migration futures in Asia and Africa: climate change and climate resilient economic development.
2. Climate change impact, adaptation, opportunities for businesses and sectors (focus on cotton supply chain)
3. Water governance in semi-arid lands: political and economic insights for the management of variability and extremes in a changing climate.