MAPS in Africa: Scoping the feasibility of MAPS processes and informing the potential development of a MAPS Academy in Africa
Sam Bickersteth, Chief Executive of CDKN, asks what Mozambique can show us about making development choices in a changing climate
Africa has contributed the least to historic greenhouse gas emissions, yet it is one of the most vulnerable continents to climate change. It contains more climate-sensitive economies than other regions of the world. Many parts of the continent will suffer from falls in agricultural productivity, a rising number of people exposed to water and food stress, volatile hydropower resources, flooding of coastal settlements, and possibly a significant expansion of diseases.
Despite these challenges, decisive action on climate change is a development opportunity for Africa. Climate and development finance can be harnessed to catalyse new growth paths, and real growth opportunities exist in new, low-carbon technologies. There is a growing awareness of climate change in Africa, with several countries showing leadership in shifting to a climate compatible development agenda. Capacity and insight exists across the continent that when mobilised and supported will result in action on climate change that’s driven and owned by Africa.
Our priority countries of engagement are: