The purpose of this e-book is to synthesise lessons from the first five
years’ work of CDKN – the Climate and Development Knowledge Network.
Established in 2010, CDKN has funded research, policy advice and
knowledge programmes, globally and in more than 70 countries. It has
also supported negotiators and negotiating groups in different regions.
The book is written for policy-makers at all levels. It has been
prepared by CDKN’s experts and programme managers. However, it is backed
up by the published work of dozens of independent analysts and
researchers, drawn from CDKN’s global network. Their work is linked
throughout the text.
The guiding idea of CDKN since its inception has been ‘climate
compatible development’. This is the idea that tackling climate change
cannot be at the expense of reducing poverty and achieving human
development. Indeed, synergies must be found wherever possible. The idea
of climate compatible development is intuitively attractive, and has
gained widespread traction since we first proposed it in 2010. It is now
an idea that has become central to the new Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs). The global goals are transformative in scope precisely because
they require action on climate change to be mainstreamed in all aspects
of development work.
CDKN’s work demonstrates that climate compatible development offers
great potential for strategic innovation by governments, civil society
and the private sector. There are many win-win benefits as new
technologies are disseminated and as new investments are made to boost
resilience. Those opportunities and benefits are explored in the text.
No-one should pretend, however, that achieving climate compatible
development will be friction free. We have seen that there are
inevitably choices to make, trade-offs to consider and political battles
to win. There are also leadership and management challenges aplenty as
finance is raised and programmes scaled up. Much of the analysis in the
book, and many of the cases, deal with these questions – offering not
just a diagnosis of problems, but also stories of change which can
inspire and inform action elsewhere.
CDKN. Mainstreaming Climate Compatible Development. CDKN, London, UK (2015)
Mainstreaming climate compatible development