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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 obje…

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 pred…

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…

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, in…

Understanding ‘bankability’ and Unlocking Climate Finance for Climate Compatible Development

As a result of the complex and stringent requirements, countries have spent a significant amount of resources on various aspects of climate finance readiness. However, this has been focused mainly on building the necessary institutional, technical a…

Making Governance Work for Water–Energy–Food Nexus Approaches

The concept of the water–energy–food (WEF) nexus has become widely used to help understand interdependencies among the three systems, and how they can be managed sustainably to meet growing demand. The WEF nexus has especially been advocated to ad…

Leveraging Private Sector Finance for Climate Compatible Development: Lessons from CDKN

This paper aims to provide a synopsis of some of the lessons that relate to harnessing private sector involvement in climate compatible development that have emerged from CDKN projects across Africa, Asia and Latin America. By sharing these lesson…

Promoting Green Urban Industrialization in Ethiopia

African economies are looking to achieve high levels of economic growth in the next few decades, predominantly in growing urban centres. By 2035, roughly half of Africa’s population will live in its rapidly expanding cities. This transition present…

Supporting International Climate Negotiators: A Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

"The poorest and most climate vulnerable countries have the most to lose from climate change, but are often unable to fully represent their interests in international climate negotiations. Since July 2011, CDKN’s Negotiations Support programme has …

How Can the Green Climate Fund Initiate a Paradigm Shift?

"World leaders and governments paved the way for the establishment of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreements made at the Conference of Parties (COPs) in Copenhagen (2009) an…

Climate Diplomacy: Seeing the Bigger Picture

"Climate diplomacy is the practice of managing negotiations under the current international climate regime. One of its aims is to deliver a global agreement in 2015 that will limit the global temperature increase to a maximum of 2°C and create …

Direct Access to the Adaptation Fund: Lessons from accrediting NIEs in Jamaica and Senegal

"This policy brief explores the experiences of two of the earliest accredited NIEs: the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and Senegal’s Centre de Suivi Écologique (CSE). Their experiences during the AF accreditation process uncover key challen…

Making Renewable Energy Affordable: the South African Renewables Initiative

"South Africa is a country with a predominantly coal-fired electricity system and ever-growing energy needs. Use of renewable energy resources for electricity generation is currently almost non-existent, but the potential is great. Through its new …

South Africa’s Municipal Integrated Development Plans

"The IDP is the principal statutory planning instrument for local governments in South Africa. In both cities, climate change interventions were initiated prior to the inclusion of climate change as a strategic priority in the IDP, which almost cer…

Achieving Development Goals with Renewable Energy : The Case of Tanzania

"Lack of reliable access to electricity is a significant barrier to economic development and job creation in Tanzania. Currently, only 14% of the population has access to electricity; in rural areas the electrification rate hovers around 2%. Power o…

From Vulnerability to Resilience: Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) in Niger

"Challenging climatic conditions, limited arable land, intense population pressures and a history of political upheaval have undermined Niger’s development prospects – 60% of its people live on less than $1 per day. For decades, Nigerien farmers cle…

Working Together for REDD+: Developing a National Readiness Strategy in Tanzania

"A global REDD+ mechanism presents valuable opportunities for developing countries to manage their forests sustainably and alleviate poverty. Tanzania stands to benefit significantly from the funding and support provided by the implementation of RE…

Climate and Development Outlook: Stories of Change from CDKN Issue No 5

The first article in this newsletter is an interview with Stephen King’uyu where he expresses the hope that the statement ”Green future beckons for Kenya” will be true as he and many of his compatriots draw breath at the end of an intensive, year-l…

Climate and Development Outlook: Stories of Change from CDKN

"This edition of Climate and Development Outlook provides examples of lessons learned in a wide range of activities by our partners across the developing world. You can read about national climate finance initiatives by the governments of Rwanda, C…

Climate and Development Outlook: Stories of Change from CDKN Issue No 8

"Rwanda is pioneering steps towards a climate resilient green economy. This publication summarises CDKN’s partnership work with Rwanda to date, highlighting key achievements and signposting further information.In “Rwanda: Pioneering steps towards …

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