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The ACCRA Local Adaptive Capacity Framework

In Phase 1, we used the Local Adaptive Capacity framework (LAC) as a conceptual framework for our research.

The ACCRA LAC has the potential to be used in a number of different contexts, and for a range of purposes, for example for mainstreaming, design or evaluation purposes.

The ACCRA consortium has identified five characteristics of adaptive capacity to analyse people’s own adaptive capacity in the face of a combination of hazards and stresses and to analyse how different programming approaches either support or hinder adaptive capacity. Read more about the LAC in our background paper and ACCRA LAC brief.

ACCRA’s Phase 1 Research

ACCRA has carried out research on disaster risk reduction, livelihoods and social protection programmes to better understand adaptive capacity using LAC framework. Our in-depth research aimed to answer these questions:

  1. How are different livelihood groups currently affected by climate hazard/variability change?
  2. In what ways is the intervention (Social Protection, Disaster Risk Reductions, Livelihoods) contributing to managing vulnerability to current hazards in a changing climate and build adaptive capacity?
  3. What is missing in current projects that would enhance adaptive capacity?


We have carried out our research on ACCRA members' programmes, in 11 sites across Ethiopia, Uganda and Mozambique. One global and 3 research synthesis reports for each country are available to download on our publications page.

How did we use the findings in Phase 2?

The 5 components of the LAC have informed the development of our advocacy strategies and capacity building activities for Phase 2. One characteristic of the LAC (Flexible forward thinking decision making and governance) has been used as an entry point for the action research which is undertaken by our partner ODI. Building on the lessons learned from the first phase of research, ACCRA Phase 2 is seeking to address the following questions:

  1. How can planning be more ‘forward looking’ and take into account change and uncertainty?
  2. How can planning at local level inform higher level planning and allocation of resources and take more account of institutions and power, and build agency?


Read more about ACCRA Phase 2 research aims and methodology here

The new LAC posters

With support from graphic designer Marco Tibasima, we produced a poster illustrating the 5 characteristics of the LAC framework and fitting the local context of our focus countries: