Climate change is affecting all of us, but especially those in the poorest of nations. Aid Works has recently been chosen to conduct the final evaluation of the DFID-funded Building Resilience in Chad and Sudan (BRICS) project. BRICS is part of a three-year, £140m global resilience programme known as BRACED (Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters). BRICS is implemented by a consortium of implementing partners (Concern Worldwide, Feinstein International Centre of Tufts University, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and Al Massar) – and managed by the Consortium Coordinating Unit (CCU) based in Concern Worldwide’s London office.
Chad is among the poorest countries in the world, ranked 186 of 188 countries and territories on the 2016 UNDP Human Development Index. Approximately 67 percent of the population is living in severe poverty and over 38 percent below the poverty line.
In Sudan, an increased frequency of droughts, a decrease in annual rainfall in the rainy season, and an increase in temperature has had serious impacts on the country’s agriculture and pastoralism. In North Darfur, reduction of rainfall, in combination with increased water demand and land use change, has contributed to desertification of millions of hectares and depletion of water sources over the past few decades (USAID Climate Change Risk Profile Sudan, 2016).