"The aim of this framework document is to provide guidance on how to build the resilience and sustainability of African cities by collaboratively working to reduce the vulnerability of residents, local businesses and public infrastructure and services to climate variability and change, while at the same time leveraging opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The framework is put forward as a basis from which local practitioners, government officials, city planners, residents, researchers and donors can work together to design and undertake climate compatible development within cities. The framework is designed to provide a shared set of ideas and steps to follow when approaching the complex task of simultaneously tackling development and climate change challenges in rapidly growing African cities. It is envisaged that the framework can be further developed and refined as it is applied in various different contexts."