Building Resilience to Mitigate the Impact of Drought and Floods in the SSA Region

This conference is organized by the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) in partnership with other stakeholders in drought and floods.

Climate change is already a reality and features prominently in Sub Saharan Africa development agenda. Climate variability and its associated risks has increased the region’s vulnerability and exposure to vagaries of extreme weather conditions. Many countries in the region are prone to extreme climate and environmentally related disasters such as floods and droughts. In the recent past, the region has experienced prolonged and intensified droughts largely in eastern Africa and unprecedented floods in western Africa. It is estimated that floods and droughts cause 70 per cent of economic losses in the region.

The coverage and impacts of droughts and floods in the region have persisted, raising concerns over the effectiveness of the resilience structures and mitigation measures established over the years. The unpredictable weather patterns and climate extremes threaten agricultural production and food security, health, water and energy security, which in turn undermine Africa’s ability to grow and develop. The most affected are rural and urban households having to bear increased costs in basic commodities. In addition, the affected communities can be forced to migrate and as a result produce competition among communities and nations for water and basic needs resources, with potential negative consequences for political stability and conflict resolution. These challenges have necessitated some focus on emerging threats from both the effects of droughts and floods.

The purpose of this conference is therefore to explore various interventions that the SSA region can adopt to effectively prepare and respond to emergencies of drought and floods. To do so, there is need for risk assessment in terms of gauging the social-economic impact of these disasters including impact on economic growth, inflation, fiscal pressures, and health, review the potential of the country’s infrastructure systems, structures and institutions in mitigating the impact of these disasters, and to formulate resilience measures to respond to and recover in the wake of disasters.

We invite papers on the following themes, as they connect to Impacts, Resilience and Mitigations of Droughts and Floods in the region;

  • Climate Change
  • Food Security
  • Land use Agricultural practices
  • Governance (coordination and implementation)
  • Institutional capacity
  • Conflict and Security
  • Local and regional policies, strategies, mechanisms and measures for drought and flood disasters.
  • Disaster preparedness in the region
  • Socio-economic impacts

We especially encourage practitioners including policymakers, researchers, solution providers, and other stakeholders as well as academics to submit papers.


Paper proposals written in English should include a title, an abstract (250 words maximum) and brief personal biography of 150 words for submission by 25th January 2018. For more details about the call for papers visit this link:  Please submit your proposal on this link: Successful applicants will be notified by 20th February 2018 and will be required to send in a draft paper by 1st May 2018. For any query contact us on

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