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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.

Expression of Interest for SGF

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Expression of Interest: Facilitating Agency for the Community Adaptation Small Grants Facility

The Small Grants Facility will support vulnerable, rural communities in Mopani and Namakwa District Municipalities to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience. The objective is to incorporate climate adaptation response strategies into local practices so that assets, livelihoods and ecosystem services are protected from climate-induced risks.

SouthSouthNorth wishes to identify a Facilitating Agency (FA) in the Mopani District Municipality, Limpopo, to partner with and facilitate South Africa’s Small Grants Facility pilot project for Climate Change Adaptation. This is an exciting opportunity for an organisation to support local CBOs/NGOs in designing and implementing adaptation projects that benefit vulnerable groups, while continuing to establish itself as a social development organisation and/or an innovator in climate change adaptation. 

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Expression of Interest proposals must be submitted by email (sgf@southsouthnorth.org) on or before 15 June 2015 at 23h59. No late proposal will be considered.  For any general enquiries please contact Helen Karathanassis by 31 May 2015 (sgf@southsouthnorth.org).

Resources: 

Read the full Mopani Facilitating Agency Expression of Interest

Read the project Background information.

The Budget template for Mopani FA can be read here.

New Inside Story from CDKN on Kenya’s Geothermal NAMA

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CDKN has released a new inside story: Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) to accelerate geothermal power: Lessons from Kenya. The new publication looks at the Government of Kenya’s ambitions to significantly expand its power supply from geothermal sources to underpin low-carbon, climate resilient development, as encapsulated in its national Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP). Although progress has been made, greater private sector involvement is needed to keep the goal within reach. Kenya has developed a nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) to mobilise private investment by channelling targeted international climate finance and technical support. After introducing the context and objectives of Kenya’s geothermal NAMA, this brief focuses on the challenges faced in the process of developing the NAMA, and highlights lessons learned and recommendations for future NAMA development, both in Kenya and globally.

The Inside Story looks at the significant political will  and ambition, but the challenge involved in reaching these ambitions.

FCFA hosts successful Scoping Phase synthesis workshop

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On 13-14 October 2014, 13 individuals came together at the Future Climate For Africa (FCFA) Scoping Phase Synthesis Workshop held at the Victoria Junction Protea Hotel, Cape Town. The ‘green café style workshop’ served as a ‘reflection session’ to share lessons learnt from four case studies in sub-Saharan Africa, namely: Ghana and Mozambique case study led by Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) at the University of Cape Town; Rwanda case study led by Global Climate Adaptation Partnership (GCAP); Malawi led by Kulima and the University of Leeds; and Zambia case study led by Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre (RCRC).

Interesting discussions emerged as participants reflected on, and evaluated learnings from the case studies. They explored various strengths and weaknesses of their methodological approaches to multistakeholder engagement, what worked really well and what they would have done differently. Debates developed around gaps in our knowledge related to research uptake, long-term climate science information in policy and planning and factors effecting decision-making processes in Africa.  At various times during the workshop, participants played short thought-provoking games. These not only gave them a break from the provocative discussions, but helped them think deeper around issues of complexity.

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Four elements sparked discussion amongst participants.

CONTEXT: How is long-term climate information currently being considered within decision-making processes?

REFLECTION: Is long-term climate information useful to investments and planning decisions in Africa?

ACTION: What can be done to identify and target relevant decision making processes that can make use of long-term climate information, and how can we promote and incentivise its uptake?

BROKERING: How can scientists and policy makers be brought together to promote better uptake of long-term climate information in policy and planning?

Findings from the workshop will feed into the programming of the full FCFA programme which will begin in 2015.

 

 

Operationalising an equity reference framework in the climate change regime

Category: News, Papers

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From the MAPS’ desk: This paper identifies legal, architectural and technical options for operationalising the  equity reference framework (ERF). This framework is increasingly being proposed as a means to address the imperatives of effectiveness and equity in the 2015 agreement.

The full paper can be read here. 

IPCC AR5: What does it mean for Kenya?

Category: Resources

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CDKN and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are hosting a conference:

IPCC Fifth Assessment Report: What does it mean for Kenya’s development?

The event takes place at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi 31 July – 1 August and features presentations from contributors to the AR5. The agenda for the conference: Kenya agenda_final version

The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What’s in it for Africa?

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The IPCC has produced the most comprehensive assessment of climate change ever. The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), is the work of 830 expert authors from 85 countries and its first three volumes already stretch to 5,000+ pages.

Now, the Climate and Development Knowledge Network and the Overseas Development Institute have released a succinct guide to the assessment for decision-makers in Africa.

Download the executive summary and media tool kit – with free images and infographics – here.

An infographic from CDKN's executive summary of the IPCC's AR5 depicting future climate trends for Africa.

An infographic from CDKN’s executive summary of the IPCC’s AR5 depicting future climate trends for Africa.