Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

The Climate Development Knowledge Network is managed by an alliance of organisations led by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), and including Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano, INTRAC, LEAD International, the Overseas Development Institute, and SouthSouthNorth. http://cdkn.org/

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Innovative Risk Finance Solutions: Insights for Geothermal Power Development in Kenya and Ethiopia

Valuable lessons and insights for the international development cooperation and climate finance sphere is provided in this CDKN project. There is generally a central role for technical assistance and the targeted use of international public finance in increasing the role of local market actors for scaling up private sector investment in geothermal development. The following recommendations,...

The Political Economy of Long-Lived Decisions in Africa: Framework Report

The first part of the report is structured around three primary research questions: Which long-lived economic decisions are most relevant to influence in order to respond to climate change adaptation imperatives? Which institutions and processes exert the greatest influence on long-lived economic decisions? What is the most appropriate strategy for influencing these institutions and processes?...

After Paris: Can the Private Sector Deliver Climate Compatible Development?

Action needed to tackle climate change will inevitably require a new industrial revolution, touching all countries. This should serve as both a challenge and an opportunity for the private sector – one to which it is responding. New technologies, investments, financial instruments and industry initiatives are multiplying, with support from governments. Low carbon competitiveness is recognized as...

Hand in Hand for Urban Transformation Roles and Responsibilities at the Local, National and International Level to Enable Cities’ Climate Leadership

Addressing the global challenge of climate change requires unprecedented cooperation across all levels of government. Internationally the Paris Agreement sets the pace for reducing emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change. Common objectives for the international community is contained in this agreement, namely “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2...

Africa's Climate Helping Decision Makers Make Sense of Climate Information

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Published: 2016
"African decision-makers need reliable, accessible, and trustworthy information about the continent’s climate, and how this climate might change in future, if they are to plan appropriately to meet the region’s development challenges. The Future Climate for Africa report, Africa’s climate: Helping decision-makers make sense of climate information, is designed as a guide for scientists,...

The Global Goal for Adaptation Under the Paris Agreement: Putting Ideas into Action

Sub-Saharan Africa, is recognized by the fifth assessment report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as the African region that is most vulnerable to drought and the impacts of climate change. Within the report, it is predicted that the annual precipitation is likely to decrease in the South-Western parts of South Africa, while projected rainfall change over sub-Saharan...

Becoming a climate-resilient green economy: Planning for climate compatible development in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian political leadership has shown a strong commitment to the implications of climate change. Therefore this country has emerged as one of Africa’s champions in this area. Much of this commitment has been driven by the impacts of climatic events in Ethiopia, mainly the drought episodes that have hit the country since the early 1970s. These experiences have contributed to the widespread...

Climate Resilient Development: Experience from an African Capacity Development Programme - Investing in Water Security for Growth and Development

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Published: 2016
Insights and lessons learned from a capacity development programme are presented in this learning brief on water security and climate resilient development covering eight countries in Africa – Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Ghana, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tunisia and Zimbabwe. The capacity to promote water security and integrate climate change considerations into national planning processes is...

How do Gender Approaches Contribute to Climate Compatible Development? Lessons from Kenya

The information in this brief is based on a research project carried out by Practical Action Consulting with support from the Institute of Development Studies, commissioned by and supported by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), to provide evidence on the advantages and challenges of integrating a gender dimension into climate compatible development strategies in urban settings...

10 Things to Know: Gender Equality and Achieving Climate Goals

Despite the fact that climate change and poverty are increasingly recognized as interlinked global problems, responses from governments and development agencies often focus on their scientific and economic dimensions only. This guide focuses on the advantages and challenges of pursuing climate compatible development from a gender perspective. International frameworks are gradually reflecting...

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