climate change, humanitarian resilience & response

Climate change is a key driver of many of the world’s most significant developing challenges. Too much or too little water threatens food security, encourages migration and increases the likelihood of conflict. At the same time, growing numbers of natural disasters are threatening lives and causing human suffering on an unprecedented scale.

Alinea takes an integrated approach to addressing the challenges of climate change and humanitarian crises while safeguarding and enhancing development results and the environment. We work with governments and communities to adapt to and mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change, and empower people in building resilience.

Alinea was built upon a foundation of agricultural and food security expertise, which remains a core area of our expertise today. We strive to contribute to ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, as well as promoting sustainable agriculture. We advise on all aspects of agricultural development and food security, ranging from agricultural policy analysis and strategic planning to building the productivity, asset base and self-reliance of smallholders, including adaptation to and mitigation of climate change.

The burgeoning demand for food, shelter and energy puts tremendous pressure on our land and water. Alinea is committed to finding innovative solutions and applying best practices to harness our natural resources in more efficient and sustainable ways. From feasibility studies and social impact and environmental assessments, to helping develop and implement policy and legislative frameworks and facilitating public-private partnerships, Alinea supports governments, public institutions, private sector companies, non-governmental organizations and local communities to effectively manage natural resources.

Responding to the challenge of more frequent natural disasters, Alinea helps vulnerable communities build resilience and cope with the aftermath of humanitarian crises. Whether designing crisis-ready facilities to speed up the delivery of humanitarian assistance or coordinating donor programming and flow of funds, we enable governments and communities to plan, prepare and deal with climate-driven emergencies.

WORLDWIDE: Australian Humanitarian Partnership (DFAT Australia)

Alinea subsidiary Whitelum Group manages DFAT’s Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP) Support Unit. We strengthen the partnership between the Australian Government and Australia’s largest NGOs working in humanitarian assistance to ensure that Australia’s assistance is well-coordinated and well-targeted. The AHP operates in both rapid onset crises (e.g. earthquakes, cyclones) and protracted/slow on-set crises (e.g. South Sudan). Whitelum Group works behind-the-scenes to support the work of the Australian Humanitarian Partnership and showcase the collaborative efforts of DFAT and NGOs in addressing global humanitarian need and regional disaster preparedness and resilience. Our monitoring and evaluation services bring a critical and strategic eye to the partnership and are backed-up by a robust focus on learning – for both the Australian Government and NGO partners. Our communications and media support builds the profile of Australia’s aid program in Australia and the region. Whitelum Group is also responsible for contracting the NGO partners and ensuring the rapid disbursement of funds to NGOs at times of crisis.

ETHIOPIA: Mainstreaming Climate-Smart Approaches into the Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) (European Commission)

Alinea is providing specialist assistance to develop a national protocol of climate-smart procedures to enhance the capacities of the Government of Ethiopia Public Works Coordination Unit and the Food Security Coordination Directorate. In partnership with DAI, the project team is supporting the Ministry of Agriculture to mainstream climate-smart initiatives in watershed and rangeland activities planning and implementation under the PSNP; enhancing the institutional and technical capacity of PSNP’s public works component to improve coordination with the Sustainable Land Management Program; and generating evidence to promote dialogue on climate-sensitive development programming and future climate financing. Key activities include a review of climate-smart social protection programs and local adaptation planning; the design and roll out of a national protocol of climate smart procedures, tools and processes; the use of modern instruments, such as geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing, for improved monitoring and evaluation; and strengthening linkages with climate and disaster risk reporting and early warning systems.

PHILIPPINES: Strengthening Climate & Disaster Resilience (DFAT Australia)

Alinea subsidiary Whitelum Group is leading the design process and outputs of a project to support the Government of the Philippines in building institutional and community resilience to climate change and disasters. Recognizing the scale of the challenge and the economic status of the Philippines, the design focuses on unlocking domestic finance for resilience building, while building Philippines’ technical scientific capability for mapping and modelling risks, and implementing climate and disaster resilient action through technical partnerships with Australian scientific agencies. Key components of the project design include: ensuring the design process and outcomes reflect Australian Government input and interests; managing a team of inter-disciplinary experts to provide input into the design; developing the Design Plan including articulation of methodology, approach and quality assurance; authoring the Design Document and its iterations; and preparing the scope of services, terms of reference and other documents required for the procurement process.

NICARAGUA: Monitoring and Evaluation of the PIMCHAS Integrated Management of Watersheds Project (Global Affairs Canada)

Alinea conducted periodic monitoring and a mid-term evaluation of a project run in consortia by CARE Canada, Tecsult and the University of British Columbia, who were working with municipal governments to develop community capacity to protect and restore environmentally sensitive areas. The project supported management of natural resources in a sustainable manner that created economic dividends for residents. Alinea’s consultant established a participatory monitoring process, and advised CARE on strategies, approaches and project focus.