Social Transformation Research and Policy Advocacy
The Upper West and Savannah Regions of Ghana face major vulnerabilities, with several underpinning socioeconomic factors that exacerbate climate uncertainties. Existing planning and programming approaches mainly focus on biophysical variables of climate change and not the social dynamics. To address this gap, the project combines social transformation research and policy advocacy for effective climate action. The project seeks to generate insights for more inclusive and sustainable economic growth policy and programming approaches; better understanding of local, regional, and national decision-makers, on which social transformation conditions promote sustainable and inclusive rural development and adoption of climate change adaptation and mitigation practices; and effective application of social transformation analysis in development planning. Together with partners, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) conducts research on: (i) methods and strategies for achieving climate resilience at community levels; (ii) migration and youth-specific issues of transformation; and (iii) evidence-based gender research focusing on key constraints to positive transformation, and the means to enhance equality and expand economic opportunities for rural women and young people. Capacity building of students and development planners, and facilitating national dialogues on social transformation complement research insights to achieve more inclusive and sustainable economic growth policy and programming in the two Regions by 2025.