Building climate change into care reform in Eastern and Southern Africa

Guidance for policy makers and practitioners working on both care reform and climate on how to prepare for and respond to climate change in a way that keeps children within families and ensures they are well cared for.


This paper argues that climate change is the greatest current and future threat to children’s care in the Eastern and Southern Africa region. Responding to this threat requires urgent coordinated action related to care reform policies and interventions and climate change responses. The paper begins with a description of climate change in the Eastern and Southern Africa region, followed by an analysis of its impacts on families, children’s care and the care system. It then suggests how the risks to children’s care associated with climate change can be mitigated through changes to the care system and to climate change adaptation plans.

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