Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

CDKN is managed by an alliance of six organisations. SouthSouthNorth manages the Africa programme of CDKN focusing predominantly on Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.

Climate change is already having a negative impact on development, and poses the greatest challenge to the world’s poorest countries – especially Africa, which has contributed the least to historic greenhouse gas emissions. Africa contains more climate-sensitive economies than other regions of the world. Many parts of the continent will suffer from falls in agricultural productivity, a rising number of people exposed to water and food stress, volatile hydropower resources, flooding of coastal settlements, and possibly a significant expansion of diseases.

Despite these challenges, SouthSouthNorth believes decisive action on climate change is a development opportunity for Africa through CDKN.

The organisation has seen positive results including the partnership between CDKN and the Global Water Partnership which supported the African Ministers’ Council on Water to develop a comprehensive Strategic Framework for Water Security and Climate-Resilient Development. The Framework puts countries in a strong position to climate-proof their investment decisions. CDKN will assist eight African countries to strengthen their institutional capacity and apply the Framework.

CDKN has also been involved in capacity building in Rwanda through the national environment and climate change fund, FONERWA – the largest climate fund of its kind in Africa. By building capacity at national and district level to scope, develop and implement successful CCD projects, the work will help support implementation of Rwanda’s Green Growth & Climate Resilience Strategy and build momentum for low carbon, climate resilient economic growth in the country.

CDKN has completed some 65 projects in Africa and is currently involved in more than 17 projects, working with more than 100 organisations to help change the quality of life for people most challenged by the effects of climate change.

For more information, visit CDKN’s website