Adapting to climate change and improving energy efficiency


Climate change is a major global challenge affecting all countries, but its impacts are borne neither equally nor fairly. The poor and vulnerable of the Global South are suffering first and hit the worst. More intense and more frequent droughts and floods threaten to throw millions of people back into extreme poverty. We help the most vulnerable communities to improve their resilience and to adapt to climate variability and climate change.


Our integrated approaches sustainably secure livelihoods as they support the restoration and conservation of functioning ecosystems, promote energy efficiency, and reduce the vulnerability of local communities to natural hazards.

Our projects focus on climate change adaptation and energy efficiency. We support changes in ecological, social and economic systems that allow poor and marginalized communities to adapt to changing climate and environmental conditions and to secure sustainable incomes and livelihoods. These communities are always at the center of our interventions.

Caritas Switzerland systematically integrates weather and climate data and vulnerability assessments including natural hazards into project design and implementation. Building a bridge between national weather agencies and rural communities ensures that urgently needed services (early warning, agronomic decision support) effectively reach the rural poor across the ‘last mile’.

Only a functioning integrated system of humans and the environment will thrive under changing climatic conditions. Caritas Switzerland therefore works holistically on adaptation to climate change and disaster risk reduction that are ecosystem-based. Successful approaches in our projects derive from agroecology and agroforestry. They enable communities to better manage their environment, e.g. within community forest management or rotational grazing systems. In collaboration with research partners, communities are supported with locally appropriate climate-resilient seeds.

Energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy not only ease pressure on local natural resources and ecosystems, but at the same time improve livelihoods through better health and by reducing the burden of high energy expenses for households. Our projects include energy efficient stoves, solar powered groundwater pumps and energy efficient buildings.


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  • Climate - International Cooperation
    File format: pdf / 507 KB
    Climate Change Adaptation and Energy Efficiency. Flyer, Caritas Switzerland. Download

Climate Change Adaptation – Thematic Papers

  • Climate Proofing Approach - Accounting for Climate Risks and Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions
    File format: pdf / 1 MB
    Caritas Switzerland’s expertise Download
  • Caritas Switzerland’s Integrated Approach to Adaptation
    File format: pdf / 3 MB
    Caritas Switzerland’s expertise Download
  • Climate Corridor Analysis – a tool for strategic adaptation planning
    File format: pdf / 4 MB
    Caritas Switzerland’s expertise Download
  • Water from rocks in South Sudan and Kenya
    File format: pdf / 1 MB
    Caritas Switzerland’s expertise Download



Selected Climate Projects


CHAST: Children's Hygiene and Sanitation Training

The following documents may be used and distributed subject to the condition that both the author ‘Caritas Switzerland’ as well as the name of the product, ‘CHAST’, are mentioned. In case of adaptations to the original product we kindly ask you to contact Caritas Switzerland for copyright clarification. In case of copyright infringements, which includes the removing of Caritas Switzerland’s logo from the manuals and the kit, we ask you to refrain from using the name ‘CHAST’ for circulation.

  • CHAST – Methodology Outline
    File format: pdf / 2 MB
    A practical guide with step-by-step instructions on how to implement the hands-on tools developed for the Children’s Hygiene and Sanitation Training programme. The CHAST methodology was developed by Caritas in Somaliland between 2002 and 2003. The development of the methodology and first edition manual (2004) was supported by the European Union and the Government of Luxembourg. The current manual is based on the original Somali CHAST manual (2004) and the adapted version that is used by the Caritas programme in Southern Sudan (first edition 2008, second edition 2010). Download
  • CHAST – Facilitator’s Guide
    File format: pdf / 9 MB
    Methodology Outline, Step-by-step instructions for implementing the CHAST method with a group of children Download
  • CHAST – Flipchart
    File format: pdf / 16 MB
    Instructions and materials for the exercises with upper primary school children as outlined in the Facilitator’s Guide. A full set of posters for different country contexts is available on request. Download
  • Informations CHAST (zip file)
    File format: zip / 19 MB
    CHAST Methodology Outline, Facilitator’s Guide, Flipchart Download
  • School Health Club Poster
    File format: pdf / 4 MB
    Activities of the School Health Club, Caritas Switzerland, 2017 Download

Integrity Management Toolbox for small water supply systems

Video about the Integrity Management toolbox:

  • The Integrity Management Toolbox for small water supply systems - Poster
    File format: pdf / 271 KB
    Overview. Download
  • The Integrity Management Toolbox for small water supply systems - Methodology outline
    File format: pdf / 776 KB
    Outline. Download
  • Integrity Management Toolbox - Guidelines for Coaches
    File format: pdf / 4 MB
    Integrity Management Toolbox for Small Water Supply Systems. Download
  • Improving the integrity of community groups managing small water supply systems - Case studies (Overview)
    File format: pdf / 1 MB
    Five case studies about the Integrity Management toolbox in Kenya in an overview. Download
  • Creating a platform for accountability in the Dagahaley community - Case study
    File format: pdf / 584 KB
  • Moving towards formal water management in the Olchoro-Onyokie community - Case study
    File format: pdf / 566 KB
  • Learning from failures: the challenges in the Olmaroroi community - Case study
    File format: pdf / 468 KB
  • Building collective action and improving governance in the Sabuli community - Case study
    File format: pdf / 554 KB
  • Preventing integrity risks in a newly established community group in the Tabaita community - Case study
    File format: pdf / 514 KB

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

  • «Where people and their land are safer»: A Compendium of Good Practices in Disaster Risk Reduction
    File format: pdf / 21 MB
    Co-published by the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) at the University of Berne and the Swiss NGO DRR Platform (2017) Download

Addressing Water Pollution from Agriculture in South Asia - Knowledge products

  • Regional Policy Brief: Addressing Water Pollution from Agriculture in South Asia
    File format: pdf / 623 KB
    Policy uptake material based on project works of three years on Agricultural Water Pollution in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. It summarizes (I) the key problem, (II) the key drivers of the problem; and (III) provides recommendations based on experiences with action research, policy review, capacity building and engagement with stakeholders, results of soil and water tests, behavior change efforts etc. Download
  • Compendium of Good Practices in Agriculture to Curb Agricultural Water Pollution
    File format: pdf / 4 MB
    A collection of 8 good agricultural practices that help minimize water pollution. Each country has provided 2 good practices that are tried and tested as part of action research in the host countries by the implementing partners. Download
  • Proceedings of the Virtual Regional Dialogue on Agricultural Water Pollution & Water Management
    File format: pdf / 12 MB
    The proceedings of the Virtual Regional Dialogue (November 17-19, 2020) include all important presentations and speeches related to the project and from other stakeholders. They include key recommendations for the sector to work on Agricultural Water Pollution. Download

Swiss NGO DRR Platform

Caritas Switzerland is a member of the Swiss NGO DRR Platform, a network of Swiss-based NGOs, dedicated to increase the resilience of women and men, communities and governments, through an integrated approach to disaster risk reduction.

Swiss NGO DDR Platform: Website


Swiss Water & Sanitation Consortium
Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA)
Water Integrity Network (WIN)
Swiss Water Partnership (SWP)
Rural Water Supply Network
International Coalition for Trachoma Control (ICTC)

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