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Our mission

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network supports decision-makers in designing and delivering climate compatible development. 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 sustainability.

Who we are

The Climate Development Knowledge Network was an alliance led by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), which came to an end in March 2018. The new CDKN partnership continues under the leadership of SouthSouthNorth, together with Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano, Overseas Development Institute, and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability – South Asia. Read the latest news about our partnership.

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 management
  • Supporting climate negotiators from the least developed and most vulnerable countries.

How we are funded

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network was funded from March 2010 to March 2018 by the UK Department for International Development (DfID) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (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. As of March 2018, CDKN has received funding from 12 donors, including the Governments of Norway and Sweden, the US Department of State and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). We are continuing to seek new funding partners and collaborations – find out more here.

How we work

Knowledge management
CDKN’s knowledge management work aims to: enhance the accessibility and relevance of knowledge on climate and development; maximise the uptake, application and impact of this knowledge to support climate-resilient, low-carbon development at scale; and enhance leadership and collaboration – help developing country actors to become more influential, informed champions of climate action.

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.

Negotiations Support
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.

Our ongoing work includes:

Independent Evaluation

To read independent reviews of CDKN’s work, please visit our Independent Evaluations page.

CDKN Annual Report 2017

Read about how our country-level work is making a significant contribution to developing countries.

Download our 2017 Annual Report to read more about what we do. Or, visit this page to browse all CDKN’s Annual Reports from 2013-2016.