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Translating Future Climate for Africa Science for Targeted Policymakers Needs

This brief summarizes a piece of work that explored the potential value of Future Climate For Africa (FCFA) and the closely related work on climate change, impacts and adaptation in tropical and sub-tropical sub-Saharan Africa. This work is from a p…

Water is Life in Masvingo, Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe’s Masvingo Province, erratic, scarce rainfall has led to repeated crop failure and severe food shortages across the districts of Bikita and Chivi. Despite the Save River basin being seated within the region, climate change has extended t…

The Socio-economic Impacts of the 2015/16 EL Niño Induced Drought in Swaziland - Report

This report provides detailed findings of an investigation into the socioeconomic impacts of the 2015/16 El Niño drought in Swaziland. It records the direct and indirect effects of the drought on the economy of Swaziland and documents how it has a…

Coronavirus and Climate: Learning from France

Policymakers across the world face a dilemma: to lockdown the economy, and see output and employment collapse, or to open and face a surge of COVID-19 infections and deaths that could overwhelm the medical system? The choice is especially stark in p…

Coronavirus et Climat: Tirer les leçons du cas Français/ Coronavirus and Climate: Learning from France

Policymakers across the world face a dilemma: to lockdown the economy, and see output and employment collapse, or to open and face a surge of COVID-19 infections and deaths that could overwhelm the medical system? The choice is especially stark in p…

Promoting Southern Leadership within Climate Research Programmes

This brief reflects on the learning generated through the Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) programme, particularly examining how to promote Southern leadership opportunities for researchers from the Global South through programme design. It details …

Effect of Extreme Weather Events on Child Health in Rural Uganda

Children in rural farming households across the developing countries are often vulnerable to a multitude of risks, including health risks associated with climate change and variability. This study empirically traced the effect of extreme weather eve…

IN-DEPTH: Climate change progress, the US withdrawal and what to expect from COP23

This year's COP23 takes place against a complex geopolitical backdrop, with difficult discussions around developing countries' needs and developed countries' obligations sure to feature once again. Romy Chevallier, a senior researcher at the South A…

East Africa: Marine-based 'blue economies' offer massive potential

Emma-Jane Fuller and Romy Chevallier of the South African Institute of International Affairs set the scene for an important conference on the region's "blue economy" which began in Mozambique on Thursday.

Negotiating climate change between unequal parties: COP25 from an African perspective

This year’s United Nations climate conference (COP25) underway in Madrid has been overshadowed by social unrest. Chile’s President Sebastian Piñera withdrew from hosting the annual conference following a wave of public demonstrations over economic i…

Briefing series: Partnership for a Green Transition and Energy Access - Strategic priorities for Africa and Europe

Energy access and climate change have long been important themes in the African Union – European Union strategic partnership. These themes have again been emphasised as a central pillar of cooperation between the two regions in recent meetings betwe…

Cascading climate impacts and Africa’s engagement with China’s Belt and Road Initiative

African countries are responding to traditional and emerging security threats such as the COVID-19 pandemic, global climate crisis and political crises. The increasing level of internal unrest, evident in the recent #EndSARS protests in Nigeria and …

Mozambique: The time to prepare for the next cyclone is now

The aftermath of Cyclone Eloise, which hit Mozambique on 23 January, was not as severe as that of the 2019 Cyclone Idai, but it still wrought significant devastation: nearly 30 000 houses have been damaged or destroyed and over 20 000 people have be…

Electric vehicle battery manufacturing: Why the SADC needs to act now

As we try to navigate the disruption that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused to our lives and livelihoods, I listen to people talk about what they will do “when things go back to normal”. But things will not go back to normal; at least not the normal …

Accelerating climate resilient economies in Africa is crucial for development

For Africa to adapt to the impacts of climate change, the continent needs to forge a new path towards climate-resilient development, seizing the opportunities of green technologies and jobs.

The benefits of a gender audit of climate action – Lessons from Ethiopia

The Government of Ethiopia has benefitted from undertaking a ‘gender audit’ of its climate-smart development activities. Medhin Fissha, the former Gender and Social Safeguards Officer of Ethiopia’s Climate Resilience Green Economy (CRGE) Facility, e…

As the AU turns 20, it must speak with one voice

The African Union (AU) will mark its 20th anniversary in 2022, and as pressure to perform better increases, the upcoming heads of state summit from 5-6 February will be crucial. Following the election of two commissioners in October 2021, the new AU…

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