IRD’s Mali-based BRACED program, RIC4REC, is collaborating with the Humanitarian Relief and Development Laboratory (HURDL) based out of Clark University to map out determinants of decision making that affect the resiliency of households to climate change.
Implementing their Livelihoods as Intimate Government (LIG) methodology, HURDL aims to gain insight into local structures of decision-making on livelihoods such as whether to adopt a new climate change adaptive practice or not. To determine this, researchers have carried out a series of in-depth detailed and reiterative interviews with 60 to 90 individuals in several pilot communities. During this process, the researchers lived within the pilot communities, building trust amongst interviewees, allowing direct observation of day to day activities and giving them rich context for their data.
Once analyzed, the IRD BRACED program will use the HURDL findings to refine ongoing interventions and to establish a baseline that can be used to establish changes in decision making due to the project.