As global leaders gather in Geneva, Switzerland, for the Global Refugee Forum on 13-15 December 2023, BRAC Global’s Executive Director, a global champion in safeguarding people on the move, is calling for policy direction and investment to address climate displacement and support adaptation initiatives in the global south. With the climate crisis unfolding into a global emergency, how do we support communities to build climate resilience?
The impacts of the climate crisis are forcing thousands of people from coastal Bangladesh into the cities. They move on with their lives, but it's never quite the same. For many, they’ll never make enough money to return to their homes, and they lose generations of family, friends, livelihoods - but also culture and traditions. It's a new home, that never really feels like home.
Extreme soil salinity is rendering thousands of hectares of farmland in coastal Bangladesh barren for months of every year. This slow-onset impact of the climate crisis is forcing millions of farmers to abandon a centuries-old - and one of the most basic - livelihoods. But not all is lost. Ashim Shikari is a farmer adapting to the climate crisis through sunflowers.
$1.8 trillion in climate investment by 2030 can generate $7.1 trillion globally, but investment in climate is still falling woefully short, year after year. Policymakers from all over the world gathered to negotiate a new deal for climate finance at the The Summit for a New Global Financial Pact in Paris this week, and there’s hope that change is ahead. Climate experts from Bangladesh, one of the most climate-impacted nations in the world, share five recommendations they took to Paris:
As global leaders gather in Paris for The Summit for a New Global Financing Pact on 22-23 June, BRAC and Groupe SOS directors, two global champions of social entrepreneurship, are calling for large scale investment in innovations in countries on the frontlines of social, environmental and climate crises - not only because it is the right thing to do, but because it is the smart thing to do.
Young people have the most at stake in the climate crisis but their representation in climate leadership and decision making is still negligible. With one-fourth of the population of Bangladesh belonging to the 15-29 age-group, it’s high time their voices on climate crisis are heard and their suggestions heeded. Local conversations on safe water seems like just the perfect platform to start developing local youth leadership on climate change.
At Frugal Innovation Forum 2022, we revisited the fundamental pillars of development with the post-pandemic world in mind. We reflected on the lessons learnt from the pandemic and together identified three key thematic focus areas in our quest to build back better.
As the world increasingly faces rising disasters, crises and conflict, insights from Bangladesh share how the most vulnerable communities can build resilience, and how supporting people to form the right networks is a more powerful investment than we may realise.
Bangladesh is home to nearly 800 rivers. In Mongla, a region off the southern coast, water stretches out in every direction, but there is not a drop to drink. Communities there have taken to harvesting from the sky: through storing rainwater.
This Earth Day begins with the largest study on perceived climate risks ever conducted in Bangladesh. Commemorating Hugh Brammer’s work in Bangladesh, findings from the study drive home the need for ground-up, evidence-based experience to inform climate policy.