Adaptation & resilience learning

Garama’s work contributes to the wider body of learning on adaptation and resilience through the publication of academic papers, working papers, and reports, the development of new frameworks for adpatation planning and decision-making, and dedicated learning assignments for our clients.

Our publication focused work has included contributions to multi-authored papers on the efficacy of adaptation interventions (Eriksen et al. 2021), climate change and cultural heritage (Brooks et al. 2020), climate risks to African agriculture (Sonwa et al 2017), and the measurement of vulnerability (Gerlitz et al. 2014).

Learning assignments for individual clients have included reviews of methods for meausring resilience (Brooks et al. 2014, 2019), an examination of the role of social norms and values in transitions to net-zero (Brooks 2020), a review of the role of Official Development Assistance in supporting local adaptation governance for the OECD (2024, in press), identification of lessons from the UK government’s StARCK+ programme in Kenya (Brooks 2017a), and an exploration of the role of transformational adaptation in agriculture in East and Southern Africa for the UK funded VUNA programme (Brooks 2017b).

Garama has made particular contributions to learning around adaptation effectiveness, taking a leading role in the development of the Tracking Adaptation and Measuring Development (TAMD) framework with IIED. The TAMD framework links institutional actions with resilience and adaptation results, the latter being measured in terms of development outcomes interpreted in the context of climate information. Garama has led on or contributed to numerous TAMD publications. For more information on TAMD and related activities, see the entry on our M&E/MEL activities.

Our learning activities are closely related to our support for adaptation policy development.