Capacity development enables resilience
DCA supports capacity development and empowerment of individuals, local leaders and communities so they can claim their rights and hold authorities accountable to build resilient communities.
DCA promotes the right to food and diversified income opportunities to reduce inequality and vulnerability by ensuring sustainable and adaptive use of land, water, plants and animals. In addition, DCA focuses on agro-ecologic production, savings and loans groups, value-chain development, inclusive business and disaster risk reduction.
Communities that DCA works with are exposed to adverse global economic impacts, poor governance, frequent disasters, as well as the effects of climate change. Supporting them to manage risk and adapt accordingly is a specific focus in DCA’s resilience work. This is linked to humanitarian response, where relevant, in order to create a nexus between long-term development and emergency interventions.
We also help build self-confidence, trust and community structures where the poorest gain a voice and enter into dialogue with the authorities at different levels to promote more pro-poor national policies.
Addressing climate change has increasingly become a crucial aspect DCA’s goal to help build resilient communities. The consequences of climate changes are already felt in many of the poor countries in which DCA works and it is estimated that 30 million people will be affected by hunger before 2050 as a direct consequence of climate changes. Many poor countries do not have the resources to prevent or adapt to the severe effects of climate changes which is why DCA is dedicated to support climate related issues. DCA aims to work closely with local partners with a strong focus on climate resilient agricultural livelihood approaches and low emission technology.
Click on the link below and download a factsheet about DCA's climate change response and activities:
Click on the link below and find our report exploring the feasibility of agricultural microinsurance in DCA's programs: