Short course training: Debate: Adaptation and development

Submitted by Sukaina Bharwani | published 25th Mar 2011 | last updated 17th Mar 2020

This session explored the links and differences between adaptation and development.

While there are people that think that adaptation is not fundamentally different from development, there are people that argue adaptation is additional, and current efforts focused on development are not enough to build capacity to adapt to future climate change.

To feed the debate around this topic, different quotations of organizations and people were presented to the participants, and all were invited to give their opinions and share their views and experiences.

The debate was very interesting! One hour and a half was just enough to warm us up, hopefully you can continue discussing this topic with your colleagues at work!

This powerpoint could be useful to provoke some thoughts on the matter, and help structure your debate. 

Further reading

Schipper, L., 2007: Climate Change Adaptation and Development: Exploring the Linkages. Tyndall Centre Working Paper No.107, [1]

McEvoy, D., Lonsdale, K. and Matczak, P., 2008: Adaptation and Mainstreaming of EU Climate Change Policy: An Actor-Based Perspective. CEPS Policy Brief No.149, [2]

McGray, H., Bradley, R., Hammill, A. with Schipper, L. and Parry, J., 2007: Weathering the Storm: Options for Framing Adaptation and Development. World Resources Institute Report, [3]

DANIDA, 2005: Danish Climate and Development Action Programme: A toolkit for climate proofing Danish development cooperation, [4]

Klein, R., Eriksen, S., Naess, L., Hammill, A., Tanner, T., Robledo, C. and O'Brien, K., 2007: Portfolio screening to support the mainstreaming of adaptation to climate change into development assistence. Tyndall Centre Working Paper No.102, [5]