SouthSouthNorth is committed to sharing our research, findings and learning in order to promote best practice. A few of the latest publications from our programmes can be found below. For comprehensive libraries of all programme-related outputs, visit the respective programme resource pages.

Pre-Feasibility Study for “A Low-Carbon Energy Solution for the Development of the Kosovo Informal Settlement in the Southern Corridor Integrated Human Settlements Programme, Western Cape, South Africa”

Category: Reports, Resources

SSN Consulting was approached to evaluate the feasibility and impact of renewable energy in the formalising of Kosovo informal settlement in the City of Cape Town, home to the poorest people in the metropolitan area. Excited by the opportunity, SouthSouthNorth raised funding from the UK Prosperity Fund and formed a consortium including Carbon Trust and Planet Capital Energy to undertake a pre-feasibility study to assess the financial viability of incorporating a low-carbon energy solution in the development.

The project team evaluated a number of options based on input from technical experts, interviews with stakeholders and research on market trends and the enabling environment. It became apparent that the municipality’s Small Scale Embedded Generation programme could provide an enabling regulatory framework for incorporating a low-carbon energy solution in the housing development. Based on the findings of the pre-feasibility study, our preferred solution is an institutional structure, likely a Public Private Partnership between the City of Cape Town (CoCT) and the private sector, owning the rooftop solar PV arrays on sectional title apartment blocks that meet the requirements of the SSEG programme. The consortium is now looking to raise funds for the feasibility phase.

If you would like to discuss this project or receive a copy of the pre-feasibility report, please contact John Thorne at

READ: CDKN OUTLOOK: Kenya Special Edition

Category: News, Newsletters, Resources

This edition of  Climate and Development Outlook explores how CDKN has supported climate compatible development in Kenya and also features news of the new CDKN office in Kenya, guide to state-of-the-art climate science, mobilising finance for climate action and working with Kenya’s private sector

READ: CDKN Working Paper; Understanding ‘bankability’ and unlocking climate finance for climate compatible development

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This working paper focuses on understanding the concept of ‘bankability’ in support of the development of quality ‘bankable’ project proposals – to assist countries’ access to international climate finance.

Read: Six tips for funding impactful research

Category: Briefs, News, Resources

This CDKN Essentials outlines the main lessons learned about commissioning through a research call model. It is aimed at other funders of research who want to influence policy, planning and practice in climate compatible development and beyond. Researchers seeking guidance on achieving impact should see resources such as 10 things to know about how to influence policy with research.

READ: Green Climate Fund proposal toolkit 2017

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This toolkit helps key audiences understand how to fulfil the Green Climate Fund’s requirements when developing a fully-fledged funding proposal.

READ: CDKN Annual Report 2017

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Throughout the year, CDKN provided guidance on the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), integrating climate actions into economic sectors – agriculture, urban development, water resources and energy systems – and supported access to finance from both public and private sources. In this Annual Report 2017, CDKN distills the rich learning from these projects across Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean.