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Reducing inequality and poverty while mitigating climate change: key challenges for research and practice in middle-income countries in Africa and Latin America

This working paper explores the relationship between emissions, inequality and poverty. It focuses on Brazil and South Africa, which are both part of the mitigation action plans and scenarios (MAPS) programme – a collaborative initiative of the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre (ERC) and a South-African non-governmental organisation called SouthSouthNorth. This South African team forms a central support base for independent government mandated processes lead by in-country teams in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru. A key aspect of MAPS programme is the question of how to reduce emissions without jeopardising socioeconomic development. The lessons learned from the MAPS countries aim to inform further research and discussion on mitigating emissions and reducing inequality.