Humanitarian Lab 3.0 on Climate Action for Community Resilience

Services : Strategic planning; Communications

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Year: 2020

Partner: MERCY Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi MARA


The Humanitarian Lab Series is intended as a common platform for experts, researchers and advocates to discuss, research and develop strategies in responding to a particular issue relating to humanitarian and development and their cross-cutting issues. The lab applies strategic methodologies, using information and database, through critical discussion process in order to understand and incubate ideas in responding to each of its discussion focus.

In the context of climate research, humanitarian needs is linked with human security, a condition that exists when the vital core of human lives is protected, and when people have the freedom and capacity to live with dignity. While many research were conducted to discuss many issues relating climate change to sustainable development, socioeconomic impacts and many more, not much discussion addresses climate impacts towards humanitarian needs and action. This Lab is designed to achieve the following objectives:


  1. Help improve institutional overlaps and the lack of interaction between governing bodies, and stakeholders through strategic engagement and partnerships.
  2. Qualitatively measure and provide conservative quantitative estimates on the impact of climate change on humanitarian needs and action in the country, by the extent to which it could disrupt multiple systems (i.e. livelihood, safety and security, water, health, migration, and many others) of the country and the region.
  3. Identify adaptation responses. The Lab to build on existing literature and expert discussion to understand the most important measures and their indicative cost, effectiveness, and implementation challenges, and to estimate the expected national adaptation spending required.
  4. Addresses the broad humanitarian consequences and specifically seeks to inform humanitarian actors across different fields by suggesting practical action for each streams (see Streams section below) in responding to the impact of climate change in building community resilience.
  5. Adaptation of existing systems to fast-track implementation of new business models and innovative approaches for humanitarian and development action in responding to the impact of climate change.


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