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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.
Moran on Assessing Effectiveness of Governance Aid in Africa
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.