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Supporting Ambitious Intended Nationally Determined Contributions: Lessons Learned from Developing Countries

Some of the key learning points that have emerged from this diverse experience, was summarized in this Working Paper. This Working Paper should be seen as a companion volume to CDKN’s ‘Guide to INDCs’ (2015), which provides a practical example of ho…

Financing African Infrastructure: Can the World Deliver ?

The lack of infrastructure is nowhere more crucial and potentially transformational than in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2009, major donors and multilateral institutions in collaboration with the World Bank investigated this challenge of addressing the re…

The Chinese Model of Infrastructure Development in Africa

Africa is in dire need of infrastructural development. It is a key step in providing a competitive business environment for African economies. It provides the backbone for poverty reduction strategies and programmes designed to improve the livelihoo…

Aligning Sustainable Development Goals with Climate-Resilient Growth

"The outcomes should contribute towards sustainable global development in the long term. After all, human development gains will only be possible if climate change is addressed. COP 21 provides a unique opportunity to support the overarching objec…

Towards a Sustainable Development Diplomacy: A Case Study of Freedom, Politics, Policy and Communication in South Africa

The main aim of this paper is to revisit what is meant by development and to ask what sort of diplomacy is required to pursue a development agenda. The development diplomacy is reconceptualised in this argument, drawing upon economist Amartya Sen’s…

South(ern) Africa and the Indian Ocean – South Atlantic Nexus: Blue Economy and Prospects for Regional Cooperation

Through the development of the maritime economy for South and Southern Africa, the success of economic diversification will depend on a feasible architecture of cooperation beginning with existing regional arrangements to address the risks that are …

South Africa in the Transitioning Multilateral Development Cooperation Landscape

Current global events, such as the economic crisis in the advanced industrialised economies, and hand-wringing over the crisis in Syria, have brought the BRICS partnership and its individual members, to the forefront of international decision-making…

State of Environment Rapid Assessment (SoERA): Development of a Tool for Framing and Managing Urban Environmental and Social Challenges

"This paper sets out a cost-effective solution to one of the key challenges facing developing urban centres around the world, namely how to manage a seemingly vast array of environmental and associated social issues in an integrated, technically va…

Factors Affecting Household Vulnerability to Climate Change in the Lowveld of Swaziland

"According to literature in Africa by 2020, between 75 and 250 million people will be exposed to increased water stress due to climate change. In some countries yields from rain-fed agriculture could be reduced by up to 50%. Agricultural production …

Foresight Africa: Top Priorities for the Continent in 2016

The Africa Growth Initiative and its colleagues discuss six overarching themes in this year’s Foresight Africa, that place Africa at this tipping point and give their views on what they perceive to be key areas for intervention to keep Africa on its…

Population Dynamics, Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Kenya

"This report contributes to the understanding of links between population dynamics, climate change, and sustainable development in Kenya, a country that typifies the core population and climate change challenges highlighted above. The report analyz…

AFIDEP News Issue No 3

This newsletter consists of several articles. Some of the featured articles are listed below. 1)How Evidence-Based is Evidence-Informed Policy Making? In February 2012, AFIDEP partnered with a host of organizations and sponsors, for a 3 day conferen…

Orchestrating Environmental Sustainability in Regional Trade Agreements

"With environmental sustainability gaining traction, it is imperative to assess its integration in Regional Trade Agreements. In this context, this paper sought to assess the integration of environmental sustainability in Regional Trade Agreements i…

BRICS Development Bank: A new model for Africa

"During the fifth BRICS summit held in Durban, South Africa, from 26-27 March, 2013, the joint statement from the BRICS leaders announced that they have agreed to establish a New Development Bank. The idea of setting up a BRICS Development Bank as a…

How a High-Ambition Global Climate Deal Will Help Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Governments will agree in this year 2015 on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the period to 2030, as well as a new global climate agreement, which will take effect from 2020. Together, these could set the course for environmental sustainabil…

Le Profit plus Important que les Droits Humains? L’Extraction de l’or au Burkina Faso et la Responsabilité de la Suisse / Is Profit more Important than human rights? Gold mining in Burkina Faso and Switzerland's Responsibility

This study aims to show the impact of gold mining on people living nearby the mines of Burkina Faso. The study also shows how Swiss companies participate, as actors of global gold markets in this situation and focuses on the responsibility that the …

Aligning Africa's Maritime Ambitions with Broader Indian Ocean Regionalism

"Blue Economy initiatives have proliferated in recent years, reflecting the growing prioritisation of maritime affairs within the policymaking community. Sustainability concerns related to climate change, pollution and fishing practices are an imp…

Climate Change and Green Economy: Law as Driver of Change and Engine of Sustainability

This presentation on Climate Change starts off with an evolutionary perspective of how life on earth developed over millennia. The four main ecological phases are then described, followed by a definition of climate change. Greenhouse gases are discu…

Measuring Sustainable Development for Post 2015 in Senegal

This report reveals Senegal’s national-level priorities under the post-2015 agenda and includes an assessment of the adequacy of data available for measuring post-2015 progress. In consultation with national stakeholders, IPAR identified opportunit…

The Roles of Civil Society in Localising the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have as from January 2016 replaced the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to be the main international mechanism for guiding development in all United Nations member states until 2030. These global goals con…

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