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Categories: Bridging research & action, ARA activities

24 October 2022

The Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) is a global collaborative to catalyse increased investment and capacity for action-orientated research that supports effective adaptation to climate change – primarily in developing countries – at the scale and urgency demanded by the science.

Goals of the ARA

The mission of the ARA is detailed in its Concept Note and Theory of Change. Namely, the Alliance works to accelerate and scale investments in action-orientated research in developing countries.

Specifically, it seeks to support research that addresses the pressing knowledge needs for adaptation and resilience of the most vulnerable, builds capacity at all stages from research to action, strengthens research–implementation linkages, and promotes greater learning.

The ARA will deliver on its mission by conducting activities spanning three strategic functions:

  • Advocacy
  • Research planning and cooperation
  • Resource mobilisation and delivery

Why was the ARA formed?

action-orientated research is an iterative process of transdisciplinary and co-produced knowledge that: is usable in practice, outcome focussed and demand driven; creates equitable partnerships between stakeholders and researchers, leads to capacity-building and enhances the resilience of those most vulnerable to current and future climate risks.

However, the current scope and scale of action-orientated research is insufficient to address the magnitude and urgency of actions needed across sectors. There is inadequate concerted effort towards the research needed to build climate resilient futures.

The ARA seeks to redress this situation, seizing the opportunity to strengthen coordination and scale-up investments in action-orientated research to enable achievement of our societal goals under a changing climate, with a particular focus on developing countries.


Theory of Change

Learn how the ARA aims to deliver six outcomes that support adaptation research for impact.

Download Theory of Change

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