Resources

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.

Policy Brief: Enhancing direct access to the Green Climate Fund

Category: Briefs

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The mandate of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is to ensure different degrees of ownership by recipient countries through different ways (‘modalities’) to access funding, while promoting a country-driven approach. This paper explains the terminology around ‘direct access’ and ‘enhanced direct access’; reviews recent experience of using the direct access approach in international climate funds; makes recommendations to the GCF Board and others.

Equitable Access to Sustainable Development: Relevance to Negotiations and Actions on Climate Change

Category: Papers

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The effectiveness and stability of any agreement, especially as a basis for cooperation, largely depends on the perception of its fairness by the agreeing parties. It is for this reason that equity has received a lot of attention in the two decades of negotiations under the UNFCCC. This paper reflects on the basis and relevance of equitable access to sustainable development (EASD) in the UNFCCC negotiations and analyses the key arguments presented by the different approaches to achieve fairness in the implementation of the Convention. It concludes by presenting an ‘equity reference framework’ and considers how such a framework could form part of the 2015 agreement.

India Country Study: Poverty and Low Carbon Development Strategies

Category: Papers

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India faces many development challenges. It has to lift 340 million people out of poverty, reduce the rural- urban disparities, address energy poverty and solve many other development issues. But India also needs to contribute in solving the climate change problem and take mitigation actions.

Inside Stories: Harnessing Geothermal Energy – The Case of Kenya

Category: Papers

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Kenya’s heavy reliance on hydroelectricity production has made the country vulnerable to climate change impacts, such as drought and erratic rainfall patterns. Kenya needs to develop a more resilient and stable supply of electricity, while rapidly developing its base load of electricity production to meet growing demand. Kenya’s Vision 2030 strategy places priority on low-carbon development including renewable energy development – with geothermal playing a critical role.

Understanding the interface between LCDS, NAMAs and mitigation actions

Category: Briefs

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This brief explores the concepts of Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS), Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and Mitigation Actions (MAs). Its objective is to better understand the interface between these concepts through the review of existing literature and expert perspectives.

Reducing inequality and poverty while mitigating climate change: key challenges for research and practice in middle-income countries in Africa and Latin America

Category: Papers

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What is the relationship between emissions, inequality and poverty? Growing wealth supposedly correlates with increasing emissions. Rich countries are historically high in per capita emissions, whereas poor countries have low per capita emissions. African and Latin American non-Annex I countries rank high in the statistics of emissions intensity. Where are highly unequal middle-income countries in this puzzle?