Natural disasters place tremendous demands on government capacity. In helping African countries meet the challenges that climate change is likely to pose, it is critical to determine the existing capacity of countries to manage disaster response and to identify strategies for augmenting that capacity. Such an analysis of African state capacity is currently not available.
CCAPS is thus conducting case studies to assess how African countries respond to natural disasters, particularly those caused by climate change. The case studies aim to provide information and recommendations that could aid African, U.S., and international institutions in building African countries' capacity for humanitarian response.