Introductory Guide: Integrating Social and Behavior Change in Climate Change Adaptation.

Paper | May 30, 2019

This guide serves as an introductory resource to USAID staff interested in integrating Social and Behavior Change into climate change adaptation and resilience programming. The guide is also useful to USAID implementing partners and development practitioners with similar objectives.

Most climate change adaptation and risk reduction measures require that humans modify existing behaviors or adopt new ones related to health, agriculture, natural resource management, infrastructure, and settlement patterns. Social and Behavior Change (SBC), which incorporates knowledge from across disciplines to change behaviors to address specific challenges, is a critical yet underutilized approach that can help individuals and communities cope with the current, and near- and long-term changes in climate. The purpose of this guide is to strengthen USAID’s understanding of SBC concepts and how to put them into practice to address climate change risks through integrated programming.