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CDKN in moves to build climate resilience in Africa

The Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) is seeking to support an 18-month project within an African city that will contribute to climate compatible development (CCD) within the informal context. A workshop from 9-11 July 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa provided a forum where participants could exchange knowledge and experiences with the aim of identifying the key elements of a framework for CCD in informal settlements and slums.

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary

The workshop was attended by government representatives, NGO practitioners and university-based researchers from Kampala (Uganda), Accra (Ghana) and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), as well as representatives of CDKN, the African Centre for Cities (ACC) researchers and other key urban experts.

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This project aims to foster climate compatible development in African cities through working with informality and building climate resilience amongst the urban poor.

The project was initiated by CDKN, in partnership with the ACC at the University of Cape Town (UCT), to develop an approach to CCD that responds to the specific challenges and needs of African cities, which are characterised by high levels of slums and informal settlements, largely informal economies, high levels of unemployment, majority youthful populations, and low levels of industrialisation. They have the highest growth rates in the world. The urban poor, who largely reside in informal settlements and slums, are vulnerable to global economic and climate change impacts. These can combine to devastating effect.

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Informality is a central characteristic in African cities. Engaging with the informal sector is therefore key in the response to the urban climate change challenge in the African context. Informality comes in many forms, including settlement on unplanned land without public services and bulk infrastructure, unregistered housing construction and transfer, informal and insecure jobs, and unregulated trade and service provision. 62% of Africa’s population lives in slum conditions and this is likely to double by 2050.

According to Project Manager, Lisa McNamara, “This awarded project will also help develop the beginnings of this co-created framework further. The ACC will act as a research partner during the project to facilitate, track and document learning on what constitutes CCD in African cities.”

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The project will span two years (Jan 2013 – Feb 2015).


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