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Our mission

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network supports decision-makers in designing and delivering climate compatible developmentClimate compatible development is development that minimises the harm caused by climate impacts, while maximising the many human development opportunities presented by transitions to a low emissions, resilient future. Charting a path towards climate compatible development will be a major .... We do this by combining research, advisory services and knowledge management in support of locally owned and managed policy processes. We work in partnership with decision-makers in the public, private and non-governmental sectors nationally, regionally and globally. We hold strongly to the ideals of human development and environmental sustainabilityClimate change has reduced biodiversity already and the IPCC estimates that 20-30% of global species are likely to be at risk of extinction this century..

Who we are

The Climate Development Knowledge Network is managed by an alliance of organisations led by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), and including Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano, LEAD International, LEAD Pakistan, the Overseas Development Institute, and SouthSouthNorth. Follow the links below to find out more about us:

What we do

CDKN is able to provide support through its alliance organisations and procure the best services from around the world. We strive to deliver the highest quality technical advice, forge uniquely effective partnerships, and drive the latest and best thinking on climate compatible development.

Within the broad scope of climate compatible development, we work across four strategic themes:

  • Climate compatible development strategies and plans
  • Improving developing countries’ access to climate finance
  • Strengthening resilience through climate-related disaster risk managementProcesses for designing, implementing, and evaluating strategies, policies, and measures to improve the understanding of disaster risk, foster disaster risk reduction and transfer, and promote continuous improvement in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery practices, with the explicit ...
  • Supporting climate negotiators from the least developed and most vulnerable countries.

How we are funded

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network is currently funded over seven-year period from March 2010 to April 2017 by the UK Department for International Development (DfID) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS). We are changing from a dual Anglo-Dutch programme to becoming a multi-donor funded entity to ensure the long-term sustainabilityIn order to survive, all life, including human life, depends either directly or indirectly on the natural environment. Sustainability is a principle where current requirements are met while the livelihoods of future generations are not threatened. of CDKN beyond 2017. We are currently looking for new funding partners and collaborations – find out more here.

How we work

Technical assistance
CDKN’s Technical assistance service provides tailored and demand-driven support to developing country decision-makers in the design and delivery of climate compatible development policies and practices, and acts as a catalyst to maximise the impact of increasing flows of donor climate and development funding.

We work with the leaders and negotiators of developing countries to help them become better informed and more skilled at negotiating, as well as to become more active, networked and influential actors in the international climate change talks. Only once they have a strong voice and can exert their influence in the international negotiating arena will more robust, progressive and equitable outcomes be possible for all parties.

CDKN supports a wide range of demand-led, policy-relevant, applied research projects, led and implemented by a wide range of universities, private sector partners, NGOs and international agencies. We look for projects which not only demonstrate scientific excellence, but which also clearly respond to identified developing country needs and demand and promise high policy impact. We value innovative, game-changing research within the context of climate compatible development.

Independent Evaluation

Progress against CDKN’s logframeA logframe is an approach to project planning, monitoring and evaluation. The logframe matrix is developed during project design and continuously updated throughout implementation. Finally it is an essential resource for evaluation. outputs, outcomes and progress towards impact has been assessed through an independent mid-term review, which concluded in March 2013. These findings were used to inform the 2012-13 CDKN Annual Review, completed in May 2013. CDKN was also independently reviewed by the Independent Commission for Aid Impact’s review of DFID’s use of contractors to deliver aid programmes, which can be read here.

This summary paper highlights the main findings and recommendations from the Mid Term Review.

CDKN Annual Report 2015

Read about how our country-level work is making a significant contribution to developing countries and delivering value for money for the UK and Dutch taxpayers who generously support the work we do.

Download our 2015 Annual Report to read more about what we do.