Climate, conflict, and displacement: Implications for protection agencies

Published 02. Sep 2021
The complex interactions of climate change, conflict and displacement are increasing the challenge of ensuring protection outcomes for at-risk individuals by specialist protection agencies.

Despite increasing recognition of these complex interactions, humanitarian and protection agencies are only just getting to grips with the implications for the way they understand and act on displacement issues. Agencies continue to look at climate change, conflict, and displacement as separate issues. We cannot say with confidence that this approach is helping to identify and mobilise the right actors and approaches to respond, before, during and post-displacement, where climate and conflict are a factor.

Integrating climate change into our systems thinking presents an opportunity for a deeper understanding of the complex interactions between displacement drivers and triggers.

This joint ODI/NRC publication looks at five key areas for critical thinking and action, and recommendations for protection agencies.