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Regional focus: Africa's response to climate risks
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The Eldis Climate Change Resource guide is showcasing regional content from Africa, Asia and Latin America. This week we focus on Africa.

We know that Africa is one of the most vulnerable continents to climate change and evidence from the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) shows that 'climate change is expected to have widespread impacts on African society and Africans’ interaction with the natural environment.

Links to a previous blog by Dr. Johnson Nkem, from the African Climate Policy Centre, Eldis climate change country profiles, and regionally focused research readings have been pulled together to feature how Africa is responding to climate stresses and shocks.

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Latest Documents

Utilising Electricity Access for Poverty Reduction - Full report
Practical Action [Intermediate Technology Development Group] 2015
The productive use of electricity can support sustained poverty reduction by enabling the creation and improvement of income generating activities. However, in order to realise these positive impacts, the level of electricity access m...
Steps to overcome the North–South divide in research relevant to climate change policy and practice
Nature Publishing Group 2017
The authors of this Nature Climate Change Perspective article argue that Northern (developed country) domination of science relevant to climate change policy and practice, and limited research led by researchers in Southern developing...
Financing Universal Access to Electricity
Institute of Development Studies UK 2015
The recent emphasis on the provision of modern energy services as an important ingredient for development has improved finance availability for the goal of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL). However, existing financial flows ...
Pro-Poor Access to Green Electricity in Kenya
A. Pueyo / Institute of Development Studies UK 2015
Is Kenya on track to follow an electrification strategy that is green and pro-poor? What are the main challenges to following this path? The two questions guiding this study are particularly relevant in a country with exceptional rene...
What Explains the Allocation of Aid and Private Investment for Electrification?
A. Pueyo / Institute of Development Studies UK 2014
This paper aims to inform policy looking to step up investment in the electricity sector of developing countries and align it to other development goals such as universal access to energy or sustainability. Three questions guid...
Maximisation of Benefits for the Poor of Investments in Renewable Electricity: A Policy Tool for Project Planning
A. Pueyo; S. Spratt; S. DeMartino / Institute of Development Studies UK 2014
Electricity improves users’ quality of life and can enable income generation when used for productive activities, hence supporting an escape from the poverty trap. Where generation comes from renewable sources, it also makes a po...
Strengthening the Poverty Impact of Renewable Electricity Investments: Summary of E-Discussion
A. Pueyo / Institute of Development Studies UK 2014
On 19 and 20 March 2014 IDS convened an e-discussion on ‘strengthening the poverty impact of renewable electricity investments’. The event sought to instigate a global dialogue on what is required to maximise the poverty imp...
Climatic trends, risk perceptions and coping strategies of smallholder farmers in rural Uganda
Climate Change Agriculture Food Security 2015
Smallholder farmers in Uganda face a wide range of agricultural production risks, with climate change and variability presenting new risks and vulnerabilities. Climate related risks  such as prolonged dry seasons have become more...
Malawi summary of baseline studies: country report for the GFCS Adaptation Program in Africa
Climate Change Agriculture Food Security 2015
This report reflects the summary of baseline findings in Malawi, under the auspices of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) Adaptation Programme in Africa. It identifies gaps in climate information access and use a...
Tanzania summary of baseline studies: country report for the GFCS Adaptation Program in Africa
Climate Change Agriculture Food Security 2015
This report reflects upon the consolidated findings from the baseline and scoping studies conducted under the auspices of Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) Adaptation Programme in Africa. It identifies gaps in climate infor...
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