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BRACED aims to build the resilience of vulnerable communities to climate extremes and disasters in high risk locations. These include droughts, floods, extreme temperatures and extreme precipitation.

In Ethiopia, we are part of an international consortium including the Met Office, the National Meteorological Agency (NMA) in Addis Ababa, BBC Media Action and King’s College London. 

In Burkina Faso, we work with Internews, Oxfam, Action Contre la Faim (ACF) and a range of national agencies based in the capital, Ouagadougou.

BRACED website

BRACED DataStories

Read our impact report on the BRACED programme - bringing together compelling, first-hand interviews and data from the communities we worked with in Ethiopia and Burkina Faso. 

Areas we cover

In Ethiopia, we are focusing on seven primary woredas: South Omo Zone, Borena Zone, Arsi Zone, East Hararge Zone and five secondary woredas in Orimiya State. 

In Burkina Faso, we are working across 353 target villages in the North (Passoré), Centre-North (Sanmatenga, Namentenga) and East (Gnagna) of the country. 

In the Centre-North Region, the project will work in seven communes (166 villages) in Sanmatenga and Namentenga provinces (IO-ATAD’s area of intervention) and three communes (62 villages) in Passoré Province in the North Region (CA-ODE’s area of intervention).  

In the East region, the project will work in three communes (125 villages) in Gnagna Province (ACF’s area of intervention).

Key information


Ethiopia and Burkina Faso

Consortium partners

Met Office, National Meteorological Agency (NMA), BBC Media Action, King’s College London, Internews, Oxfam, Action Contre la Faim (ACF)

Target population

In Ethiopia, seven primary woredas: South Omo Zone, Borena Zone, Arsi Zone, East Hararge Zone, and five secondary woredas in Orimiya State.

353 target villages in the North (Passoré), Centre-North (Sanmatenga, Namentenga) and East (Gnagna) of Burkina Faso. 

Our approach

Across both countries, we are working with local communities to identify and act to mitigate the risks posed by climate extremes and disasters. In particular, our consortiums aim to: 

  • Improve access to reliable climate information through the use of text messaging and public service announcements on local radio stations. 
  • Maximise key assets, such as livestock produce and other sources. 
  • Increase the capacity of local communities to respond to climate threats through training and the development of disaster response plans. 
  • Improve local capacity through strategies for market diversification, such as home gardens, a broader range of irrigation systems and development of lowlands. 
  • Better understand the specific impact of climate extremes on women and girls. 

The programmes primarily focus on those living in pastoral and agro-pastoral communities. This includes socio-professionals such as farmers and herders and vulnerable groups, primarily women and girls. 

Our approach involves bringing together a wide range of local partners and utilising a mix of participatory methods.

For example, we work with government stakeholders and communities to create reliable climate information which will be used to interpret and respond to climate extremes. We also work with local service providers such as radio stations to produce and disseminate this information.

What have we learned so far?

The climate is changing rapidly. With limited resources and time to build resilience, we must learn what works, how it is working, and how this can be scaled up, if we’re serious about supporting the people who are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and disasters. The collective ambition of the 120+ organisations that make up BRACED tries to do exactly that. Part way through our journey we’re sharing what we’ve learned, challenging what we think we know, and digging deeper into questions that remain unanswered.

PhotoVoice project

Over the course of 2015, Christian Aid helped provide photography training and support to a remote rural community in southern Ethiopia. We gained a behind-the-scenes look at the impact climate change is having on daily lives.

Reports and resources
How, where, when and why do BRACED interventions work, and what can be learned / how can good practice be replicated?
As part of the global Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) programme, Christian Aid is leading the consort
In Ethiopia, Christian Aid is implementing BRACED (Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters) through a three-year multi
Experiences of HUNDEE’s women self-help groups in Yabelo and Arero districts in Ethiopia.
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