Final Report: Climate for development in Africa (ClimDev) – Climate sciences and services for Africa – Strategic research opportunities for ClimDev

Abstract

The Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme is an initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Africa Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) and the African Development Bank (AfDB). The programme is seeking to deploy climate science in ways that lead to climate resilient development.

ClimDev-Africa is contributing to this vision by supporting activities that enhance the scientific base and observational infrastructure; strengthen partnerships between government institutions, private sector, civil society and vulnerable communities; and improve frameworks for decision-making, awareness and advocacy.

The purpose of this report is to present the ClimDev Partnership with a much narrower set of strategic research options by which ACPC and AfDB in particular could establish a unique presence in the realm of climate research and resilience planning. As a result, hitherto under-represented sectors and regions would be better equipped to manage risks as well as maximise development opportunities presented by climate variability and change.

A gap analysis was undertaken using different sources of evidence drawn from bibliographic metrics, previous research prioritisation exercises, peer-reviewed and grey literature, meta-analysis of web-based material, conference proceedings, ClimDev reports and proposal short-listing, an inventory of climate data requests, case studies and consultations with African experts.

Six research opportunities are proposed for consideration by ClimDev.

This report has been produced by Loughborough University for Evidence on Demand with the assistance of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) contracted through the Climate, Environment, Infrastructure and Livelihoods Professional Evidence and Applied Knowledge Services (CEIL PEAKS) programme, jointly managed by HTSPE Limited and IMC Worldwide Limited.

Citation

Wilby, R. Final Report: Climate for development in Africa (ClimDev) – Climate sciences and services for Africa – Strategic research opportunities for ClimDev. Evidence on Demand, UK (2014) 84 pp. [DOI: 10.12774/eod_cr.may2014.wilbyr]

Final Report: Climate for development in Africa (ClimDev) – Climate sciences and services for Africa – Strategic research opportunities for ClimDev

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