Building resilience to climate change through social protection: lessons from MGNREGS, India

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) is India’s flagship social protection programme. This paper is part of a series of studies that analyse how MGNREGS builds and strengthens the resilience of rural households to different climate shocks. The series identifies options for Indian policymakers to integrate climate risk management into MGNREGS. It also provides evidence for global policymakers on how to integrate climate risk management into social protection provision and combine and layer risk management instruments to address poverty in the context of climate change.