- SponsorBelmont Forum / EPSRC
- PartnersPennsylvania State University, University of Sao Paulo
Humanitarian disasters such as droughts expose approximately 10 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa to food, water and energy insecurity. Several different indices are developed to monitor and manage the exposure, risk and resilience to disasters. Yet, the interaction and interdependency of these indicators with each other and the impacts of disasters is poorly understood. MADIS aims to address the dearth of knowledge on the interaction and interdependencies between different risk, resilience and vulnerability indices and their relationship to the impacts of droughts and evolution of infrastructure systems. In particular, we would like to improve the representation of institutional, infrastructural, societal dimensions in drought risk analysis and nexus thinking.
The water-energy-food (WEF) nexus has received a lot of attention due to its capability to capture conflicts, trade-offs and synergies holistically across these systems and related decisions. The new drought risk management framework that we develop utilising this nexus thinking and societal dimensions will be applied and validated in selected African partner countries through primary research via online surveys and expert workshops and interviews. Using a socio-technical systems view, we will create a step-change in the implementation and use of drought management tools by different stakeholders.