Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. On the one hand, they lack awareness on how they could handle the risks and opportunities of climate change and, on the other hand, they often lack resources for developing and implementing adaptation measures. This is also true for many SMEs in the West African country of Mali.
Building on the training approach and materials developed by the GIZ project "Capacity building and awareness raising on climate change adaptation in the private sector", which adelphi accompanied as a knowledge partner over several years, adelphi carried out a multi-day training course in Mali on behalf of GIZ. During the training, consultant firms and multipliers were trained to help the private sector adapt to climate change.
In particular, participants learned how to identify the risks and opportunities of climate change for and together with SMEs and how to develop appropriate measures. One of the focus topics was the methodology for climate change-sensitive cost-benefit analysis, which provides SMEs with financial ratios to prioritize their actions.