Current Grants

This page lists all grants made under the Climate Change and Forced Displacement Programme in date order (most recent first). 

Grants from 2021

Food for the Hungry Increasing climate resilience around Nyabiheke Refugee Camp, Rwanda (£26,011)

Nyabiheke Refugee Camp is located on a long, exposed hillside and is vulnerable to flooding, landslides and soil erosion. With no access to fertile land many refugees resort to charcoal production to earn an income, resulting in deforestation. This project will work with 90 people (refugees and hosts) to regenerate 8 ha of infertile land through agro-ecological practices. Through the consumption and sale of agricultural produce, the 90 participating households will have greater food security and higher incomes.

Climate Outreach Centering refugee and migrant rights in the climate debate, Global (£29,994)

Currently the rights, welfare and voices of those facing displacement are mostly absent from discussions on the climate crisis. Their needs and concerns are not considered. Climate Outreach will use this grant to provide tailored, bespoke support to a number of refugee and migrant organisations, so that they are better able to represent the voices of impacted communities in the international and national climate debate.

Buhaguzi Action for Rural Development FoundationRaising environmental awareness in primary schools in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, Uganda

Deforestation and environment degradation in Kyangwali sub-county is impacting the sustainability of agricultural livelihoods and affecting the local microclimate. Many schools have no trees on their compounds. BUARDEFO will promote environmental protection by working with and through 14 primary schools to educate pupils from the refugee and host community on the need for conservation. 14,000 trees will be planted in the communities where the primary schools are located.

CHASE Africa Improving household resilience in Bidibidi refugee settlement, Uganda (£30,000)

High population density in and around Bidibidi refugee settlement is putting pressure on key natural resources such as land, water and trees. This project will directly increase the climate resilience of 200 households (host and refugee) by training them in climate smart-agriculture and the construction of fuel efficient cookstoves. 22,000 trees will be planted by households and on demonstration plots. In addition, 6 mobile health clinics will provide primary healthcare, including HIV testing and counselling, to 2000 people and 500 women will access family planning services.

Afghanistan Relief and Sustainable Development OrganisationConscious Communities Combat Climate Change, Afghanistan (£29,930)

Around 3000 returnee families live in Sheikh Misri Camp on the outskirts of Jalalabad in very poor conditions. There is a huge burden on local resources and their energy needs are rarely met. Hence there is continuous deforestation and exploitation of energy resources by the returnees/IDPs as well as the host community. This project will install solar panels on 40 community buildings, including schools and health centres, selected by the host communities. In addition, to promote the use of solar ovens, 100 of the most in-need households, including IDPs, will be given solar ovens, relieving them of the need to search for firewood. 

Paran AllianceBaringo Flood Resilience, Kenya (£29,713)

The waters of Lake Baringo are rising and floods are becoming more common and severe, threatening the livelihoods of Il Chamus indigenous group and leading to their displacement. This project will support the Il Chamus to develop their own community level Integrated Climate Resilience Plan so that the returnees and the wider community can better manage and reduce climate change induced risks. Community members will be trained in flood management, disaster risk reduction and ecosystem-based adaptation. Nature-based solutions to ecosystem restoration will be piloted to demonstrate their potential, including tree nursery development and regeneration of indigenous trees.

Social Orientation and Relief AssociationImproving food security and resilience to droughts through sand dams, Somaliland

SOORA will use this grant to improve access to water for 1200 households in three drought affected communities in Somaliland through the construction of sand dams. Sand dams are concrete walls built across seasonal riverbeds. They reduce the severity of floods and are an effective way of harvesting rainwater, creating not only a pool of water behind the dam but also increasing groundwater levels. With more water stored in the riverbanks there is greater potential to grow crops and trees in the area. The project will train community members in conservation agriculture techniques, encourage diversification of crops and increase irrigation, thereby improving food security and strengthening livelihoods.

Grants from 2020

AMOR! Food for Life, Guatemala (£24,987)

This one-year project seeks to increase the food security and climate resilience of Ixil Mayan women in Guatemala. The Ixil Mayan community was forcibly displaced as a result of civil conflict in the 1980s. Today they are at acute risk of displacement from their new homes due to an increase in natural disasters and drought. This project will train Ixil women in traditional and modern agro-ecological practices and provide them with access to land, thereby increasing their food security and climate resilience. At the same time, the agricultural land will benefit from increased biodiversity, soil health and soil carbon.  

Brave Hearts Foundation Briquettes for Development, Uganda (£24,981)

A key driver behind deforestation in Kamwenge District is the production of charcoal, a main source of income for the local population and the main source of fuel for cooking for both the 70,000 refugees in the district and the host population. This project will train 120 people from the refugee and host community to make cleaner biomass briquettes made from cassava and maize bi-products. Thereby providing the producers with an additional livelihood source and the local population with access to a lower cost, cleaner burning cook fuel. Every ton of briquettes produced saves 88 trees.

Cord GlobalStrengthening and Protecting Indigenous Rights to Land, Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam (£20,000)

Between 2005 and 2015, Southeast Asia lost 80 million hectares of forests. Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam are ‘hotspots’ for forest conflict and illegal land grabbing. This project supports indigenous Human Rights Defenders (HRD) to protect forests safely, effectively, and sustainably in order to prevent deforestation and displacement of indigenous people and protect their rights. It does so by investing in the capacity and resilience of HRDs and concurrently engaging constructively with authorities and the private sector on land rights issues.

Lotus Flower TrustArtificial Glaciers, Ladakh, India (£22,800)

LFT will use the grant from JAC Trust to increase the climate resilience of two high-altitude communities and prevent the displacement of two villages by creating artificial glaciers. Villages in the foothills of the Himalayas are experiencing severe water shortages due to climate change. These villages rely on snow and glacier melt for water. As the glaciers retreat further up the mountains less and less water reaches villages and fields can no longer be watered during the crucial sowing season. Unless the water shortages are addressed these high-altitude villages will ultimately be abandoned. Artificial glaciers are a simple locally developed solution to the problem of water shortage.

Rural Women’s Center for Education and Development Training female IDPs to produce clean cook stoves, Cameroon (£25,000)

In north-west Cameroon, IDPs from the intra-state conflict and host communities are resorting to climate destructive coping mechanisms to feed their families. Deforestation, driven by the need to find fuelwood and land to grow vegetables, as well as overgrazing by cattle is placing intense pressure on the local watershed. This project will reduce these pressures by training female IDPs to manufacture improved cook stoves. Sustainable watershed management is promoted by training 15 local authorities to understand their obligations, establishing 4 community environmental watches and training vegetable growers and cattle raisers in sustainable techniques. 3500 indigenous trees will be planted.

The Ideas Partnership – Kosovo’s Returnee Recyclers, Kosovo (£14,971)

Kosovo does not have a recycling industry. The only recycling is done by rubbish pickers who sell on metal and plastic. This project supports members of the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian community who have been forcibly returned to Kosovo and depend on rubbish picking for their livelihoods to do so more safely and effectively. Moreover, community members will be trained in upcycling. As a result, household incomes are anticipated to increase while the overall volume of recyclables landing in landfill is reduced.

AshdenAshden Award for Humanitarian Energy (£25,000)

The 2020 Ashden Award for Humanitarian Energy highlights outstanding initiatives providing clean, safe, reliable and accessible energy in humanitarian settings. Often overlooked as an issue, the award emphasises how important clean energy is, communicates what solutions exist and encourages replication, as well as providing direct financial and business support to the winning applicant.

Five TalentsSouth Sudanese IDPs (£25,000)

Five Talents works with Internally Displaced People in South Sudan, where only 27% of the population are literate and numerate (World Bank, 2012) and 74% live in severe multidimensional poverty (UN, 2018). Our project delivers Functional Adult Literacy training, business skills lessons and financial inclusion services within small community-led ‘Savings Groups’. Members learn to save money and grow a small business, whilst developing an awareness of their environment through the curriculum. This enables them to take a loan and invest in climate resilient solutions.

Send A CowLamwo Integrated Refugees Project, Uganda (£25,000)

The objectives of the Lamwo Integrated Refugees Project, Uganda are to improve the food security and environmental resilience of host community and refugee households while restoring the degraded environment. Currently, 98% of host community households and 100% of refugee households earn less than $2 per day. Income generating activities are restricted by unreliable rainfall, the degraded environment, and a lack of agricultural knowledge and inputs (seeds, tools, etc). Other urgent challenges include the effects of climate change, the need to enhance and conserve the local environment, and address gender inequality. The project will train 600 households (of which 50% are from the refugee community) in integrated farm systems, agro-forestry, natural resource management and gender and social inclusion. By the end of the 12 month project participating households will have increased food security and be more climate resilient while the environment will benefit from agro-forestry, tree-planting and better environmental conservation.

New Energy NexusClean Energy Cooperative, Uganda (£25,000)

The project aims to create a cooperative that will run two retail clean energy kiosks in Kyangwali refugee settlement. The aim is also to scale on the project in the Bidi Bidi refugee settlement where there is a cooperative that runs two energy kiosks. Uganda’s Bidi Bidi and Kyangwali Refugee settlements are off grid and extremely remote. Food aid in the settlements is usually donated uncooked making recipients to source out locally available fuels for food preparation. Access to safe, reliable, and clean energy household technologies like solar lanterns and improved cookstoves for crisis-affected people can be difficult to achieve mostly because of the long geographical distance from neighbouring towns. The project sets out to launch and scale retail energy kiosks to address the three-fold problems of; business capital shortage, lack of awareness on affordable clean energy solutions and highly priced clean energy products unaffordable to communities.

Small Steps ProjectNgong Rubbish Dump Rehabilitation, Kenya (£25,000)

Small Steps Project is working with the community of Ngong slums in Nairobi Kenya during the rehabilitation of the Ngong rubbish dump, to ensure that the spaces they use for rest, play and growing food to sustain themselves are secured for them and their futures. We will prevent land grabbing and secure land rights to mitigate displacement of the community. Together Small Steps and the community will transform a desolate and dangerous waste ground into a natural clean space where both people and the environment can grow and live healthier lives

Thousand Currents Land Protection Support, Nigeria (£15,000)

Our project supports indigenous fisherfolk and farmers in Nigeria who unite to protect their lands and waters from the fossil fuel industry to prevent displacement and environmental degradation.

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