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How can African Agriculture Adapt to Climate Change: Insights from Ethiopia and South Africa

"During the coming decades, global change will impact food and water security in significant but highly uncertain ways. There are strong indications that developing countries will bear the brunt of the consequences, particularly from climate chang…

The Road to Copenhagen: Climate Change, Energy and South Africa’s Foreign Policy

"Drawing on Robert Putnam’s metaphor of the two-level game, the analysis considers the challenges facing South Africa in balancing domestic priorities with growing international pressure to reduce carbon emissions. Through the analysis, this paper …

Africa's Stance on COP 16: A United Front and a Dose of Pessimism

"African countries will be presenting a united front at the COP 16 negotiations in Cancun, Mexico. Key negotiating points will focus on making progress in a few main areas, including technology transfer, capacity building for adaptation, and securi…

Assessing Progress on Climate Change Policy and Practice

"This paper investigates climate change policy responses and strategies adopted by the South African government on one hand, and those adopted by SADC as a collective entity on the other. It seeks to assess the level of progress made in terms of tac…

The Sustainable Development Goals : Will they Deliver Climate Compatible Development for Vulnerable Countries?

"While the three dialogue countries have different national contexts in relation to the climate and development agenda, some common principles were articulated throughout the events: Tackling climate change is recognised as critical to the achievem…

MRV Across Multi Level Governance: National, Provincial and Municipal Institutions in South Africa

"This study suggests that there are already many MRV-related activities underway that can inform the national process and also demonstrated that there is a willingness of sub-national institutions to engage with the development of the national M&E s…

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…

Land Degradation and Adoption of Conservation Technologies in the Digil Watershed Northern Highland of Ethiopia

"Determining the extent and rate of land degradation with empirical evidence has to underlie any conservation endeavour. This is because dimensions and rates of degradation vary with time and space,and hence empirical and local-scale studies are mor…

Life at the Crossroads: How Climate Change Threatens the Existence of the Maasai

"Climate change is exacerbating poverty among the Maasai of Kenya and adversely affecting their livelihoods. Climate change induced droughts and floods have resulted in increased competition for scarce resources, loss of herds and forced migration a…

Strengthening Youth Participation in Climate-related Policymaking

Increasing meaningful youth participation in policy and decision-making processes in Africa is crucial to ensuring more ambitious climate action and implementation. Youth need to be seen as more than simply beneficiaries and rather as key stakeholde…

Youth Climate Advocacy

Climate change is one of the most significant intergenerational equity challenges of our time. Young people – who currently represent over 50% of the global population – are the generation who will not only be most impacted by climate change, but wh…

Mainstreaming Climate Change in the National Budget: Memorandum of Issues from the Review of the Budget Framework Paper FY 2021/2022

The fourth report of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlights developing countries such as Uganda as the most vulnerable to climate change effects. This is mostly due to the limited capacity to cope with climate change impact…

Climate Finance Mobilization in Uganda: The Most Viable Option - Research Paper

The government of Uganda will in the next 15 years require ‘new and additional’ finances to meet its growing cost of addressing climate change. Due to the over dependence on natural resources to meet the country’s development aspirations, Uganda rem…

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…

Private Sector Partnerships for a Sustainable Blue Economy in the Western Indian Ocean

With oceans under increasing pressure from a range of anthropogenic threats, including climate change, the need for effective partnerships for ocean governance and protection has never been more pressing. The private sector has a key role to play in…

Enhancing Nationally Determined Contributions Across the SADC Region

Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are national policy instruments that communicate countries’ domestic climate commitments to the international community, report progress towards these commitments and outline support that is needed to ensur…

A New South African Climate Diplomacy: G7, G20 and Beyond

South Africa has played an important role in global climate negotiations, but this can be further scaled up to respond more directly to the imperative of a more geostrategic and mainstream economic framing of climate diplomacy, and debates around ho…

Gender Equality in Combatting Climate Change: The African Context

Gender equality is recognised as a fundamental human right, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948). In all spheres of life, it is a powerful driver for growth and social justice, and a requirement for achieving sustainable d…

Proceedings of the Regional Climate Change Dialogue and Training Workshop for Policymakers and Scientist

The Regional Climate Change Dialogue and Training Workshop provided an avenue for sharing experiences and lessons drawn from the different countries relating to climate change. The overall goal of the regional workshop was to bring different partner…

Marine and Coastal EbA for Enhanced Resilience in Southern Africa: Country Review: Seychelles

The Seychelles islands lie to the north-east of Madagascar, about 1 800km east of coastal Kenya. Most of the islands that make up the Seychelles are small, isolated and uninhabited, with the majority of the population living on the two main islands …

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