Working papers & briefs
August 12, 2015
This report was produced in collaboration with Reading University and with support from the UK Department for International Development. It covers research priorities for forecast-based financing as part of the university's programme entitled Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience.
Minumum Standards for local climate-smart disaster risk reduction, Informing the development of the post-2015 HFA
July 27, 2015
This paper presents the Minimum Standards for local climate-smart disaster risk reduction and details how they can help action on climate change post-2015. It provides an overview of the standards and their relevance for guiding climate-smart action at the community level, looking at the experience of the Philippines, Indonesia, and India in the context of the Partners for Resilience programme.
Managing the risk of extreme events in a changing climate,
Trends and oppotunities in the disaster-related funding landscape
27 July, 2015
Policy-makers must determine how best to invest disaster-related funds, given an understanding of global distribution of climate effects. This paper focuses on international and development-related funding mechanisms, building on the premise that rising risks of disaster due to climate change will require wise allocation of resources, and outlines categories of activities to which funding can be allocated.
Loss and damage in a changing climate,
Games for learning and dialogue that link HFA and UNFCCC
27 July, 2015
This paper examines the role of games in improving communication and spurring learning, and improving decision-making capacity about climate risk management amongst diverse stakeholers. Among other aspects, it discusses challenges associated with communicating the concept of loss and damage and the implications post-2015.
Introducing humanitarians and environmentalists to ‘decision science’ insights and applications
March 2, 2015
An increasing number of scientific disciplines focus on understanding how and why people make decisions and behave the way they do – issues of great significance to humanitarian and environmental organizations working on climate change, risk management and other issues. This working paper examines how decision science – a collective term for research in fields such as behavioural economics, social psychology, cognitive science and conservation psychology – could improve the effectiveness of humanitarian interventions
Turning climate science into animations: A lesson in teamwork from the Pacific
July 29, 2014
Two humorous animation films by an alliance of agencies in the Pacific link climate science with decision-making and preparedness. The Pacific Adventures of the Climate Crab gives an overview of climate processes, impacts and possible adaptation measures in the wider Pacific region. Klaod Nasara (“cloud meeting place” in the Bislama language) focuses on similar topics in Vanuatu and has been produced in Bislama, English and French.
Ready! Lessons in the design of humanitarian games
February 21, 2014
This detailed look at best practice for using games in disaster risk reduction, using the example of Ready! in Namibia, documents what’s been learned by humanitarian organizations, designers, and practitioners interested in the potential of games.
Beyond the Film – Innovations in the participatory use of film at international conferences on climate
June 14, 2013
How can film assist communication between stakeholders? This working paper argues for a “diversity of problem-solving approaches” as climate change unfolds. Film, a powerful medium, can kindle emotions and evoke changes of mind and behaviour; it offers promising way of eliciting positive changes in how we address climate change.
Can games help people manage the climate risks
November 6, 2012
Games with an underlying serious purpose can speed up learning, dialogue and action on climate risks, engaging people’s minds and emotions, in sharp contrast to unidirectional learning through traditional lectures and PowerPoint presentations. Learn how with this working paper, the first in our series.