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Valenda Campbell @ CARE

Welcome to the Community-Based Adaptation Toolkit

Climate change poses the greatest direct threat in history to CARE’s vision of a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security. The injustice of climate change is that its negative impacts fall disproportionately on poor communities, who have contributed least to its causes. Within poor communities, women and marginalised groups tend to be particularly vulnerable because they often lack the resources, power and opportunities to adapt.

Adaptation is now recognised as an essential part of the global response to climate change. Based on decades of experience, development actors are increasingly promoting a “community-based” approach that recognises the unique risks faced by poor and marginalised people, as well as their essential roles in planning, implementing, monitoring & evaluating (M&E) solutions. This Toolkit responds to practitioner demands for information, tools and guidance to facilitate the design, implementation and management of Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) projects.

The CBA Toolkit offers a practical “how-to” guide for project teams in completing the project cycle for CBA projects. It includes step-by-step guidance and recommended tools for all stages of the project cycle, along with links to useful resources and checklists for key project documents. It also includes CBA Project Standards to help ensure high quality analysis, design, implementation and information & knowledge management (including monitoring & evaluation) in your CBA project.

This interactive Toolkit is designed to be flexible. Users can tailor the process to meet their needs, priorities and available resources, including time. Go to About the Toolkit to discover how the CBA Toolkit can work for you.

The CBA Toolkit is the result of a collaborative effort by CARE International and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). We are adopting a “learning by doing” approach – this first version will be tested and refined over time as we build further knowledge in CBA and learn from the experience of others.


This Toolkit has been produced by CARE International, with technical input by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). CARE acknowledges the critical role played by IISD in all stages of Toolkit development.