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Household resilience to climate change hazards in Uganda
Makerere Univ, Dept Geog Geoinformat & Climat Sci, Kampala, Uganda;Lund Univ, Dept Phys Geog & Ecosyst Sci, Lund, Sweden;Gulu Univ, Dept Geog, Gulu, Uganda.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, LUVAL. (Ctr Nat Hazards & Disaster Sci)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, LUVAL. (Ctr Nat Hazards & Disaster Sci)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8180-4996
Makerere Univ, Dept Geog Geoinformat & Climat Sci, Kampala, Uganda.
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2020 (English)In: International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, ISSN 1756-8692, E-ISSN 1756-8706, Vol. 12, no 1, p. 59-73Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Purpose As climate change shocks and stresses increasingly affect urban areas in developing countries, resilience is imperative for the purposes of preparation, recovery and adaptation. This study aims to investigate demographic characteristics and social networks that influence the household capacity to prepare, recover and adapt when faced with prolonged droughts or erratic rainfall events in Mbale municipality in Eastern Uganda. Design/methodology/approach A cross-sectional research design was used to elicit subjective opinions. Previous studies indicate the importance of subjective approaches for measuring social resilience but their use has not been well explored in the context of quantifying urban resilience to climate change shocks and stresses. This study uses 389 structured household interviews to capture demographic characteristics, social networks and resilience capacities. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used for analysis. Findings The ability of low-income households to meet their daily expenditure needs, household size, and networks with relatives and non government organizations (NGOs) were significant determinants of preparedness, recovery and adaptation to prolonged droughts or erratic rainfall events. Originality/value Even the low-income households are substantially more likely to prepare for and recover from prolonged droughts or erratic rainfall events if they can meet their daily expenditure needs. This finding is noteworthy because the poorest in society are generally the most vulnerable to hazards.

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EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD , 2020. Vol. 12, no 1, p. 59-73
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Resilience, Drought, Urban, Networks, Rainfall, Demographic
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Climate Research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-403494DOI: 10.1108/IJCCSM-10-2018-0069ISI: 000506418000004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-403494DiVA, id: diva2:1389403
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