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.

CDKN POLICY BRIEF: Kenya: A green growth utopia?

Category: Resources

This policy brief addresses opportunities for green growth and the hurdles that need to be overcome if Kenya is to realise its full potential for renewable energy. It emphasises that access to electricity should be improved to generate more domestic support for green investment choices and for the need to incorporate the private sector in renewable energy development.

Read the brief from CDKN here.

FCFA Film: Adapting Rwanda

Category: Audio Visual, Resources

A new film ‘Adapting Rwanda: Growing Rwanda’s tea and coffee sectors in a changing climate’, by Hero productions and commissioned by CDKN and the Future Climate for Africa programme, documents some of the smart measures that farmers and estate managers can take to safeguard tea and coffee crops – and people’s livelihoods – in the short to medium term. The film presents a pragmatic approach to climate-proof tea and coffee sector plans from the early design stage, through implementation and project finance. The approach, developed by Paul Watkiss and the Tea and Coffee Climate Mainstreaming Project, in association with the Government of Rwanda, holds promise for Rwanda but also offers lessons to tea and coffee regions elsewhere in the world.

Watch inspiring Libélula video

Category: Audio Visual, News, Resources

Watch the short film on the work Libélula, our MAPS partner in Peru, undertakes. Libélula works closely with a wide range of public and private actors, identifying risks and opportunities addressing climate change to promote and build sustainable actions at all levels, for a low-carbon future, efficient use of resources, and resilient to changes in the climate.


CDKN REPORT: Study shows that inaction on climate change will cost Uganda 20 times more than adaptation

Category: Resources

A new report from the Government of Uganda with support from CDKN, Baastel, Metroeconomica, Makerere University and CIDT, finds that adaptation to climate change today is well worth the investment. The costs of inaction on climate change by 2025 are 20 times the costs of adaptation.

Read Economic Assessment report here

FILM: Climate Change – Remapping Uganda’s Future

This video accompanies the report ‘Economic Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change in Uganda’ showing how Uganda is already experiencing the impacts of climate variability and associated economic losses, which are expected to increase over the next 50 years. In this film you’ll hear about the economic impacts of climate change from the Government of Uganda, researchers as well as people living in 3 different communities. Watch Remapping Uganda’s Future now.

CLOSED Community Adaptation Small Grants Facility: Call for Project Concepts

Category: Resources

Adaptation Fund – South Africa  

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Taking Adaptation to the Ground: A Small Grants Facility for Enabling Local Level Responses to Climate Change

Please note the call has now closed:

The South African National Implementing Entity of the Adaptation Fund and the project management team of the Community Adaptation Small Grants Facility (SGF), in association with the Mopani and Namakwa District Municipalities, are pleased to open the first call for concepts for local climate change adaptation small grants. The SGF will provide finance to communities for projects that aim to reduce their vulnerability and increase their resilience to climate variability and change.

The SGF invites eligible organisations to submit their project concepts:

  • The call for concepts in the Namakwa District has closed.
  • The call for concepts in the Mopani District has closed.

All applications must be submitted to your local Facilitating Agency. Project Concept Application Forms submitted after the deadline will NOT be considered. Project Concept Application Forms submitted via the incorrect channels will NOT be considered. Briefing sessions will be held in the Namakwa District (22 October 2015) and the Mopani District (28 October 2015). Additional answers to your questions will be posted below.

All small grant projects will deliver concrete, tangible benefits to local communities in one or more of the following Investment Windows: Climate-Smart Agriculture; Climate-Resilient Livelihoods; Climate-Proof Settlements.

The SGF will provide at least 12 grants in the order of R1,000,000 each for climate change adaptation projects in the Greater Letaba Local Municipality, Greater Giyani Local Municipality and the Namakwa District Municipality, South Africa. Project activities should begin in or after April 2016 and conclude in or before March 2019.



Common to both Districts: 

Supporting documentation 

SGF project proposal to the Adaptation Fund

Adaptation Fund Environmental and Social Policy

For Namakwa District ONLY – the call has closed. 

For Mopani District ONLY:

All your questions answered here:


View the briefing session presentations:


Developing a project concept

Introduction to small grants

Measuring adaptive capacity among local organisations

NIE Briefing Session Presentation

What is adaptation?


Eligibility criteria_

Mpfunzeni – NIE Intro at Mopani Briefing Session

Small grants choice


AZEF presentation_SGF project



Category: News, Resources

SouthSouthNorth’s Cherié Forbes, Technical Project Manager, presented on the Community Adaptation Small Grants Facility (SGF) at the Arid Zone Ecology Forum (AZEF) 2015. She shares her thoughts with us on the meeting gathering of attendees included researchers, practitioners and local government members that operate or have interest in the arid zones of South Africa. The forum 2015 was held on 5-8 October 2015 at the Goegap Nature Reserve in Namaqualand, South Africa. 

AZEF 2015 marks the first time that SSN has attended and presented at this forum. The talk titled, “Taking Adaptation to the ground: Community Adaptation Small Grants Facility piloting enhanced direct access to adaptation finance in South Africa”,  was presented during the 12th Session (Climate Change Adaptation Special Session). This served as a great opportunity to introduce the Community Adaptation Small Grants Facility (SGF) project and engage with local stakeholders (e.g. natural and social scientists from prominent research institutions, local government officials from various sector departments, practitioners working in conservation and climate change, private and communal livestock farmers, etc.).

It was inspiring to see the great deal of interest shown in the SGF project. A number of AZEF attendees had previously received communication regarding the SGF Call for Project Concepts (released 28 September 2015), and the presentation was helpful in providing further clarity on some aspects.

The presentation described the following:

  1. What the Community Adaptation SGF project is by outlining the aim, objectives.
  2. The importance of the SGF project in terms of piloting a novel small granting mechanism (i.e. the Adaptation Fund’s ‘enhanced direct access’ approach to climate finance in SA).
  3. The three components of implementation required to achieve the greatest impact in local communities of the two target areas, Namakwa (Northern Cape province) and Mopani (Limpopo province) District Municipalities.
  4. The structures (governance and finance flows) neccesary to implement enhanced direct access.
  5. What the SGF project means for the resilience of the arid regions of SA, specifically climate change adaptation responses relevant to three investments windows in the Namakwa District: (1) Climate-Smart Agriculture, (2) Climate-Resilient Livelihoods, and (3) Climate-Proof Settlements.
  6. Lastly, an example of bridging the gap between research and practice demonstrated through research conducted by the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI). Preliminary results of ACDI’s baseline research showed the limited potential and capability for organisations working in Namakwa to implement actions that reduce their risk to negative impacts of climate change.


Feedback from attendees revealed the following lessons:

  • The importance of accurate and simplistic communication on what climate change adaptation is and how it relates to basic human needs in a changing climate. Especially if the project is aimed at a target audience which lives and works in local communities that are most vulnerbale to climate change and are historcally poorer and less educated.
  • Autonomy and learning at the grassroots level is crucial for the success of enhanced direct access of climate finance. For example, reassuring a cooperative of communal livestock farmers in Namakwa that their indigenous knowldege is imperative in the design and implementation of their adaptation project.
  • The encouragement of partnerships as a way to increase the joint capacity of organisations, therefore ensuring that applicants are eligible to apply to the SGF for funding (see Annex A – elibility criteria). For example, a partnership between a cooperative of communal livestock farmers, NGO and research institution applying for a small grant.
  • Emphasis on the size of the small grant (i.e. the SGF provides an opportunity to apply for R1 000 000 as opposed to R20 000) is important for letting interested organisations know that through the SGF they have the ability and resources to deliver concrete, tangible and measurable climate change adaptation benefits to local communities.

In conclusion, given that only 12 projects will be funded by the SGF (6 of which will be in the Namakwa District), and the increased interest and need for this type of funding for locally-driven adaptation projects, it is apparent that compiling and sharing lessons learnt from this 4 year pilot project is essential. This is important for scaling up and replicating the project in the current target Districts and beyond to other Districts in SA which are also vulnerable to climate change.

For more information on the Small Grants Facility, visit the Call For Concepts.