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Making Climate Finance Work For Africa: Using NDCs to Leverage Climate Finance for Innovation Systems Building

Climate change finance mechanisms such as the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) were previously designed in ways that would only benefit large developing countries like China and India that have enhanced technological capacity and capabilities, pr…

Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change in the Development Process in Uganda

This paper has reviewed the potential impacts of climate change on Uganda and illustrated possible adaptation measures taking into consideration social, economic and environmental trends and sources of vulnerability. Agriculture remains the backbo…

Small-Scale Bioenergy Initiatives: Brief Description and Preliminary Lessons on Livelihood Impacts from Case Studies in Asia, Latin America and Africa Final Report

This report is based on a series of 15 international case studies conducted between September and November 2008 under a joint initiative of FAO and the PISCES Energy Research Programme Consortium funded by DFID. The case studies focused on developin…

Conventional vs Ecological Economics Perspectives in Valuation of Ecosystem Services in East Africa

"Ecosystems provide a range of services that are of fundamental importance to human wellbeing, health, livelihoods, and survival. In the last two decades, environmental science and policy have made increasing efforts to value ecosystem services in …

Establishing Human Rights Safeguards for Foreign Investment in Africa: Redefining Rights to Promote Gender Equality in the Natural Resources Sector

"Human rights have become a Trojan Horse, conscripted to spread a particular economic agenda founded on individual property rights. The attainment of the right to own cannot be understood as a sufficient means to level the playing field for rural w…

Kenya's Natural Capital - National Policy Makers

"Kenya is endowed with rich natural capital and biodiversity. Its diverse landscapes range from the Chalbi Desert in the north to the snow-clad peaks of Mt. Kenya, from the white beaches of the Indian Ocean to the shores of Lake Victoria, and from …

Kenya's Natural Capital - County Decision Makers

"Kenya is endowed with rich natural capital and biodiversity. Its diverse landscapes range from the Chalbi Desert in the north to the snow-clad peaks of Mt. Kenya, from the white beaches of the Indian Ocean to the shores of Lake Victoria, and from …

The Promise of Entrepreneurship for the Future Development of Factor-Driven Economies in Africa

"Until recently, the African continent has held positive fundamentals for growth. However, the continent continues to face profound developmental challenges and structural weaknesses that impede sustained and inclusive growth. Largely driven by natu…

Switching to Alternative Cooking Fuels, such as Biogas, Offers the most Impactful and Immediate Way to Address Forest Cover Loss in Malawi

It is estimated that 96% of Malawians rely on biomass (firewood and charcoal) for cooking, thereby increasingly driving depletion of forest cover across the country, especially in communities that are close to main urban centers. Increasing populati…

Valorization of Indigenous Knowledge as a Contribution to Ecotourism

Valorization of indigenous knowledge and practice for the sustainable development of communities through ecotourism, is a complex process. This project looks at the strategies to address the problem of integration of indigenous knowledge in activiti…

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