Some argue that climate change effects pose one of the greatest risks for political violence, and others argue there is no relationship whatsoever. A new study shows that there is gray area between the two sides, and offers policy implications for international donors.
Conflict brought on by scarcity of resources does occur, under very specific circumstances.
International donors must prioritize adaptation projects and be sensitive to the risks of political violence as they relate to extreme weather events.
Violent civil conflict in sub-Saharan Africa has been more likely after severe drought in middle-income countries than in the poorest states.
International donors should consider local and traditional adaptation strategies, which can reduce conflict risks during severe weather.