Project Title: Upscaling adaptation to climate change among female-led enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa.
Project Sector: Climate Change
Project period: 2020 – 2021
Funder: UK Government’s Department for International Development and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa, Canada
Location: Kenya and Senegal
Partners: London School of Economics – Grantham Research Institute, IED-Afrique and Kenya Markets Trust.
Small businesses in developing countries are often highly vulnerable to climate risks. The ability to adapt to climate change and take advantage of new opportunities created by the dynamics resulting from climate change is highly socially differentiated and intimately connected with wider social vulnerabilities. Earlier research in Kenya conducted under the PRISE project has suggested that women face additional barriers to adaptation and business development, including more limited access to land, finance, educational opportunities, and other relevant assets.
Despite this heightened vulnerability to climate change, female employment and entrepreneurship may also play a key role in unlocking resilience to climate change impacts. Women involved in entrepreneurship are understood to make relatively higher contributions to family and social welfare than men, by more efficiently allocating returns from micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and other employment opportunities to the most critical household assets.
This project aims to:
- Increase understanding of the vulnerability of female entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan Africa to climate change.
- Investigate the specific adaptation behaviours of female-led MSMEs.
- Identify gender-specific barriers and enablers to private sector adaptation.
- Deepen understanding of the strategic role of female entrepreneurship in upscaling inclusive, climate-resilient development agendas.