Current Grants

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

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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