Climate Justice

Protestor stands with her back to camera, holding sign that reads "We Need a Change" at a climate change protest

As specialists in gender equality and social inclusion, climate justice is a priority for us at Social Development Direct. Climate change is already having profound impacts on the people and communities that we work with. Women and girls, people with disabilities and other socially excluded groups are often most affected by climate change as they are more likely to live in poverty, and less likely to have access to the information and resources they need for adaptation. Their voice and inclusion are critical to finding the solutions and taking the action the world needs, yet they are often excluded from discussions and decision-making.  

Our work on climate justice brings our gender equality and social inclusion expertise to the climate change response. SDDirect has an in-depth understanding of the wide-ranging effects of climate change and its intersections with GESI. We have experience in programme delivery, research and policy guidance across sectors including urban development, agriculture, digital, energy, health and education, land and housing, transport, water and sanitation, across different global clients and contexts.

Our staff have a range of expertise across a multitude of areas affected by the climate crisis, including:

  • Women’s economic empowerment and the just transition to a green economy
  • Disability inclusion in climate change programming
  • Gender based violence (GBV) in emergencies, including climate-related disasters
  • Gender equality and social inclusion mainstreaming and institutional strengthening for inclusive growth,  sustainable development and a just and equitable transition to a green economy
  • Gender-lens investing and social impact; putting the ‘S’ in environmental and social safeguards and ESG performance from compliance to positive impacts
  • Social dimensions of climate and environment change for inclusive, sustainable and resilient economies

If you would like to hear more about our work on Climate Justice, please reach out to Rebekah Martin, Senior Technical Specialist, at


GBV AoR Helpdesk

SDDirect manages the GBV AoR Helpdesk (Gender-Based Violence Area of Responsibility Helpdesk), on behalf of the GBV Area of Responsibility, providing a unique research and technical advice service for all GBV in emergencies practitioners. This is a free and confidential research and advice service for humanitarian actors working on GBV risk mitigation, prevention and response in emergencies.