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06 Dec 2016 description

Program Overview

The Climate Change and African Political Stability Program is a multi-year research program based at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin, partnered with the College of William and Mary, Trinity College Dublin, and University of North Texas. CCAPS analyzes how climate change, conflict, governance, and aid intersect to impact African and international security.

19 Feb 2015 description

What do we know about the impact of climate change on development goals? This research brief by Kate Weaver explores why aid for adaptation and mitigation is important for addressing climate change vulnerability in Africa. The brief covers climate funding for adaptation and mitigation programs and how climaterelated activities within development aid programs are identified and tracked.

19 Feb 2015 description
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Part I: The Policy Challenge
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Part II: The Resilience Policy Agenda

CCAPS Releases Research on Climate Change Resilience in Urban Africa (Research Brief 29 & 30)

10 Dec 2014 description

Food Security Series Explores Ways to Combat Food Vulnerability in Sub-Saharan Africa

A new series published by CCAPS and UT's Innovations for Peace and Development program explores food security vulnerability in Sub-Saharan Africa. The four briefs delve into the implications of food vulnerability, analyze measures of resilience, and provide policy recommendations for increasing food security on the continent.

10 Dec 2014 description

Moran and Raleigh on Policies to Address Climate-Conflict Links in Africa

CCAPS researchers Ashley Moran and Clionadh Raleigh, with co-author Yacob Mulugetta, published a new paper with the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change (GMACCC),exploring how local-level conflict and environmental data can assist policymakers and researchers in assessing links between environmental patterns and violence.

09 Dec 2014 description

Hendrix on Water Security in the Sahel

In CCAPS Research Brief No. 24, researcher Cullen Hendrix analyses water security in the Sahel region by examining a specific case study: Niger. Hendrix argues that Niger illustrates how strained water resources in a country can be "a source both of conflict and cooperation."

28 May 2014 description

In Working Paper No. 4, CCAPS researchers Dr. Robert Wilson and Todd Smith examine the responses and adaptations to climate change within ten African cities. Using a comparative case study approach, field research was conducted on the governance systems in Accra, Ghana; Alexandria, Egypt; Cape Town, South Africa; Casablanca, Morocco; Dakar, Senegal; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Johannesburg, South Africa; Kampala, Uganda; Luanda, Angola; and Maputo, Mozambique.

12 May 2014 description

Starting in May 2014, the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data (ACLED) Project will release weekly updates of its real-time data on armed conflict in 30 high-risk African countries. On Monday afternoons, the Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program will post the updated conflict data for download via the CCAPS ACLED page and the CCAPS mapping tool.

04 Sep 2013 description

The Strauss Center's Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program today released the new CCAPS climate dashboard, an online platform that displays data on physical, socio-economic, demographic, and political insecurities to assess how these factors contribute to "climate security" vulnerability in Africa.

08 Aug 2013 description

The Climate Change and African Political Stability program (CCAPS) at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law is pleased to announce the release of a new dataset of sub-national African education and infrastructure access data. This dataset provides data on literacy rates, primary and secondary school attendance rates, access to improved water and sanitation, household access to electricity, and household ownership of radio and television.

29 Apr 2013 description

Model Design

The CCAPS Climate Security Vulnerability Model aims to identify subnational locations of "climate security" vulnerability in Africa. Going beyond mere livelihoods-based analyses of vulnerability, this mapping project has a specific security focus, identifying the places where the worst consequences of climate change are likely to hit and put large numbers of people at risk of death. The CCAPS model goes beyond national-level vulnerability rankings to identify vulnerabilities at the local level.