Climate Adaptation

Climate change is a significant threat to growth and is projected to push up to 132 million people into poverty over the next 10 years, with a disproportionate impact on the world's most vulnerable. At the same time, major gaps persist in financing for climate adaptation. If not addressed, insufficient or ineffective financing will continue to impact the livelihoods of communities everywhere and will slow down progress on key global development efforts. 

At SEEK, we firmly believe that climate and development topics must go hand in hand to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Our teams hence work at the intersection of climate with other areas of development, in particular: agriculture and food systems, water and sanitation, health and gender. We are dedicated to supporting organizations with shaping their climate agendas based on cutting-edge data analysis, rethinking their organizational approaches to delivering the most impact, and building strong coalitions to increase support towards climate adaptation topics. 

We work with multilateral organizations in the space such as the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the Global Water Partnership (GWP), leading NGOs such as WaterAid and AGRA, as well as large philanthropies such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Climate adaptation

The Resilient Water Accelerator

The Resilient Water Accelerator (RWA) is a new multi-stakeholder partnership that aims to support vulnerable communities in low-and middle-income countries in achieving water security by better accessing climate funding and private sector capital, through the design of holistic and fundable water security programs. The initiative aims to boost the resilience of 50 million vulnerable people living in water-stressed areas by 2030. SEEK was commissioned by WaterAid to help design the Accelerator's strategy and operating model, and build a coalition around the initiative. 

Through a collaborative approach, SEEK assisted the Accelerator's interim Board of Directors in defining a long-term strategy and goals. We also helped design the Accelerator's in-country operating model in a way to ensure inclusive, locally-led, and data-driven water program design, and helped set up the partnership's governance structure, consisting of a secretariat and a multi-sectoral Steering Committee. The SEEK team assisted in defining the Accelerator's funding model, including pathways to how contributions are channeled to beneficiary countries, and we supported ongoing initial resource mobilization for the initiative. 

With the support of SEEK, the Accelerator made its first public appearance at COP26, during which donors, partner organizations, and countries all pledged their support to the initiative. The initiative has started preparing its in-country programs in five selected locations and has successfully secured the required seed funding.