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Innovative projects supported by CDKN

CDKN provides funding for innovative approaches that tackle the challenges presented by climate change and development. Following the Action Lab held in April 2011, CDKN supported several research projects that developed as a result of this collaborative workshop.In the past CDKN has also provided support for innovative research projects on an ad-hoc basis (see project listings below).

Taking the core idea of support for innovative thinking and innovative action, we created a formal and competitive funding mechanism called the CDKN Innovation Fund. This mechanism provided two levels of support for innovative projects: Stage 1 focused on the development of ideas into game-changing project proposals ready for implementation (by CDKN or external sources); and Stage 2 focused on supporting high-quality research projects. The first round of this fund was opened in October 2011, and a list of awarded projects can be found below.

A full list of CDKN’s innovative projects is provided below. For information on current or upcoming CDKN Innovation Fund opportunities please click here.

Action Lab Innovation Fund – Research Projects

Achieving triple wins: Identifying climate-smart investment strategies for the coastal zone

A Green Guide: Aligning political and social contexts for green and inclusive growth

Land use policy optimisation in Vietnam

Promoting climate change adaptation policies in north-eastern Brazil

Forecast-based humanitarian decisions: Designing tools and processes to link knowledge  with action

Shubh Kal (a better future): From information to knowledge and action

Development of a Public Private People Partnership (4P) for climate compatible development in Maputo, Mozambique

Action Lab MSc Research Award


Stage 1 Innovation Fund – Innovation Process Projects

Resilient Cities Action Lab: Creating partnerships for climate risk preparedness in Latin America

Forest Finance Lab: An innovative public/private finance mechanism framework for forests, farmers, communities and climate in the South West Amazon

Monitoring impacts of urban and peri-urban agriculture and forestry on climate change adaptation and mitigation

Integrating sustainable urban drainage, resource-based sanitation, biogas and food security

Envisioning the mainstreaming of climate change mitigation and adaptation in Lake Victoria Local Authorities development planning


Stage 2 Innovation Fund – Research Projects

Building climate resilience in Ghana’s growing coastal cities

Offsetting carbon for Zambia’s smallholder farmers

Fostering low-carbon technology innovation and transfer: An in-depth study

Scoping trilateral cooperation on low carbon zones in Africa