Climate change impacts on human (im-)mobility in Sub-Saharan Africa: recent trends and options for policy responses

Schraven, Benjamin / Stephen Adaawen / Christina Rademacher-Schulz / Nadine Segadlo
External Publications (2020)

Bonn/Eschborn: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)


This study examines the negative effects of climate change and how they relate to human mobility in designated countries located in East, West and Southern Africa. It outlines the risks on the livelihood faced by many Africans because of increasingly unpredictable weather events that complicate access to primary necessities while deteriorating health infrastructures and slowing down economic growth. Through the lenses of three major climate change impacts – namely: droughts, water scarcity and rainfall variability – it argues that environmental change risks to increase (forced) migration and the number of trapped populations unable to migrate. It concludes with a set of recommendations on how regional policymakers can best deal with future migration movements.

About the authors

Schraven, Benjamin

Political Scientist


Adaawen, Stephen


Further experts

Aleksandrova, Mariya

Climate risk governance 

Bauer, Steffen

Political scientist 

Beck, Tanja

Political Science 

Brandi, Clara

Economy and Political Science 

Christ, Simone

Social Anthropology 

Dippel, Beatrice


Ekoh, Susan S.

Environmental Research 

Flaig, Merlin

Social Science 

Hägele, Ramona

Political Scientist 

Iacobuta, Gabriela

Climate and sustainable development policy 

Jaji, Rose


Kuhnt, Jana

Development Economist 

Lehmann, Ina

Political Science 

Malerba, Daniele


Martin-Shields, Charles

Political Science 

Mathis, Okka Lou

Political Scientist 

Never, Babette

Political Scientist 

Pegels, Anna


Srigiri, Srinivasa Reddy

Agricultural Economist