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Lisa McNamara - Knowledge Coordinator

Lisa leads CDKN's knowledge management work, focussed on providing developing countries with useful and relevant knowledge to inform climate action.

Lisa previously led CDKN’s Africa knowledge management programme from 2011-2014, and then provided strategic input and oversight of both the KM programme and CDKN's delivery of country programmes in Kenya and Rwanda from 2014-2017.

Prior to 2011, I worked as a climate change specialist in the Environmental Management Department of the City of Johannesburg (CoJ), where she focussed on city-level adaptation planning, awareness-raising initiatives, as well as sustainable energy in low-income housing. Her Master’s degree focussed on the governance of climate change within the City of Johannesburg municipality, in particular the management of urban flood risk in low-income areas. She holds a BA honours in Development Studies and MSc in Environmental Studies.



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REPORT: Online engagement in the global South - Perspectives, challenges and options

This working paper shares the experiences and challenges climate practitioners in the global South have faced in transitioning to working online because of the Covid-19 pandemic. It highlights some lessons learned for organising inclusive and effective engagements - at the international, national and sub-national levels. [more]…

FEATURE: CAS2021 - Accelerating climate-resilient economies in Africa

There was a clear call for Africa to forge a new path towards climate-resilient development at the Africa anchoring event of the Climate Adaptation Summit - seizing the opportunities of green technologies and jobs. Lisa McNamara of CDKN reports. [more]…

FEATURE: Tracking progress towards long-term finance under the UNFCCC

Kamleshan Pillay, Mairi Dupar and Lisa McNamara of CDKN report from the Long Term Finance workshop convened by the UNFCCC on 27 November 2020, as part of the UN Climate [more]…

NEWS: What’s on the climate finance horizon in 2021? Latest progress update of UNFCCC’s Standing Committee on Finance

Kamleshan Pillay, Mairi Dupar and Lisa McNamara report from the Standing Committee on Finance meeting on 24 November 2020 - part of the virtual United Nations' Climate Dialogues. [more]…

FEATURE: How business is responding to COVID-19 in South Africa’s poorest urban communities

As COVID-19 takes hold in countries around the world, we are being challenged to respond to a global pandemic in poorer urban communities already facing multiple risks - reports CDKN's Lisa McNamara. Much like the climate crisis, COVID-19 is a risk multiplier, intensifying existing vulnerabilities. [more]…

NEWS: Edit-a-thon helps tackle Wikipedia’s Africa gap

Lisa McNamara of CDKN reports on a pioneering event for African researchers to enhance the quality of climate change information on the world’s largest online encyclopedia. [more]…

NEWS: CDKN guide offers practical advice on communicating climate change

This week, CDKN launches "Communicating climate change: A practitioner’s guide" as a draft for discussion - and invites readers to share their experiences of communicating climate change in developing countries. Readers' stories and suggestions will be incorporated into a future edition. [more]…

OUTLOOK: Kenya Special Edition

The Outlook explores how CDKN has supported climate compatible development in Kenya and features news of the new CDKN office in Kenya. It also discusses state-of-the-art climate science, mobilising finance for climate action and working with Kenya’s private sector. [more]…

WORKING PAPER: How to scale out community-based adaptation to climate change

This CDKN working paper explores the potential of ‘scaling out’ community-based adaptation pilots in order to bring more quality benefits to more people over a wider geographical area, more equitably, more quickly, and more lastingly. [more]…

NEWS: Africa’s climate change networks debate how to mobilise knowledge for climate action

At a meeting of Africa’s climate change knowledge brokers, delegates sought answers to three big questions in the quest to make their networks function effectively. Lisa McNamara of CDKN Africa reports [more]…

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