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Our mission

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network works to enhance the quality of life for the poorest and most vulnerable to climate change. We support decision-makers in designing and delivering climate compatible development.

We do this by combining knowledge, research and technical advisory 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.

Who we are

Since 2018, CDKN has been led by South Africa-based SouthSouthNorth (SSN), working closely with its partners Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano (FFLA) in Quito, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia in Delhi, as well as the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London. Read more about our new alliance and phase of work in our latest publication, Impacts from CDKN’s Knowledge Accelerator, 2018-2021.

How we are funded

A range of donors supports CDKN. Since June 2018 our core funders have been Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Royal Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS).

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network was funded from March 2010 to March 2018 by the UK Department for International Development and DGIS. In 2015, we began our journey from a dual Anglo-Dutch programme to becoming a multi-donor funded entity to ensure the long-term sustainability of CDKN.

We are continuing to seek new funding partners and collaborations – find out more here.

How we work

Knowledge and learning
From 2018 to 2021, CDKN will be further developing its knowledge-sharing and learning work in a new phase of the CDKN programme. CDKN’s knowledge services focus on making information and learning on climate compatible development easier to access and use, in support of ambitious climate action. We work in three areas:

  • Knowledge: We synthesise and tailor the wealth of evidence and learning on climate compatible development from CDKN and other international climate programmes to produce highly-targeted knowledge and tools to support policy design and implementation.
  • Engagement: We engage in countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to ensure this tailored knowledge is used and achieves impact. We share the latest climate information and learning to enhance global knowledge and inform key debates.
  • Peer learning: We bring developing countries together to share their experiences and learning on delivering climate action on the ground. We help connect fellow professionals who face similar climate and development challenges, within and across borders.

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.

CDKN supports demand-led, policy-relevant, applied research, led and implemented by a wide range of universities, private sector partners, NGOs and international agencies. We look for projects that not only demonstrate scientific excellence, but 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.

CDKN’s ongoing research, knowledge management and technical advisory projects include:

  • Collaborating and partnering with the Coordination, Capacity-Building and Knowledge Exchange Unit of the Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) programme, managed by SSN. FCFA aims to generate fundamentally new climate science focused on Africa, and ensure this science has an impact on human development across the continent.
  • Implementing an action-research project, the Climate Resilient Cities Initiative in Latin America, focused on advancing urban resilient development in small and medium-sized cities in Latin America. The intiative is led by FFLA and funded by IDRC.
  • Delivering the Mobilising Investment for NDC implementation project in Ethiopia, Kenya, Bangladesh,Peru, Phillipines, Vietnam and the Dominican Republic. The project is Led by SSN in partnership with PwC, ODI, LEDS GP, and NREL. It is funded by the International Climate Initiative of Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, BMU.

Independent Evaluation

To read independent reviews of CDKN’s previous phase of work from 2010-2017, please visit our Independent Evaluations page.

CDKN Annual Reports 2013-2017

Visit this page to browse all CDKN’s Annual Reports from our previous phase from 2013-2017.