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Sam Bickersteth

Sam led CDKN, a global alliance of southern and northern organisations delivering innovative solutions for climate compatible development in developing countries from 2011-17. He established CDKN as a leading global, multi-donor funded programme supporting developing country decision-makers. Through over 200 technical assistance, research and knowledge management projects in 70 countries CDKN has provided assistance on climate policies, planning and finance, climate related disasters and international negotiations.

Sam is an agricultural economist with a background in food security, natural resources and climate change, having previously worked for DFID and Oxfam. From 2006 to 2010 he was head of programme policy at Oxfam and previously held leadership positions in DFID including as Head of DFID Bolivia. Sam has lived in Africa, South Asia and Latin America in his roles as researcher, policy adviser and programme manager. He was a Director in PricewaterhouseCooper’s Sustainability and Climate Change team, a Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University and adviser to the London School of Economics/Leeds University Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP). He now leads Opportunity International.



Sam Bickersteth's content

FEATURE: Planetary Health – a framework for our times

On today, Earth Overshoot Day, Sam Bickersteth introduces a new book about planetary health and explains why it provides a fitting framework for more effective government and corporate policy in our times. [more]…

FEATURE: Nature-based solutions, climate change and the current crisis

The Nature-based Solutions (NbS) Digital Dialogues hosted by the University of Oxford convened virtually on 7-9th July 2020. Sam Bickersteth reports on key economics and governance issues highlighted in the debates. [more]…

OPINION: After Paris - Developing countries look first to their own resources to deliver agreement 

How are developing countries responding to the high ambitions in the Paris climate agreement? CDKN’s Sam Bickersteth and Mairi Dupar report on the diverse perspectives among countries where CDKN is supporting national climate plans and their delivery: includes insights from India, Ethiopia and more. [more]…

OPINION: A new look at La Paz

Sam Bickersteth, CDKN's Chief Executive, finds promise in the 'green shoots' of city-level climate action in Bolivia, which could catalyse broader moves toward sustainability. [more]…

NEWS: Climate change will worsen global poverty without concerted action to cut global emissions - IPCC

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued a crystal clear assessment of how human activity is affecting the climate and what we can do about it. CDKN provides a response. [more]…

OPINION: Finance for local level adaptation

Sam Bickersteth, CDKN's Chief Executive, spoke at the opening plenary of the eighth Community-Based Adaptation conference (CBA8) in Kathmandu, Nepal on 27 April. Here are his opening remarks. [more]…

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OPINION: Let's respond to the IPCC’s latest report with inspired action

Sam Bickersteth and Mairi Dupar of CDKN respond to the IPCC’s Working Group II report on Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation. [more]…

OPINION: How can we grow more, sustainably, and pay for it? Financing agricultural intensification

CDKN's Chief Executive Sam Bickersteth reflects on the challenge of growing more, nutritious food, with least environmental impact, and getting the institutional channels in place to finance it. [more]…

OPINION: The current climate of agriculture in the UNFCCC

Sam Bickersteth, Chief Executive of CDKN, was closely engaged in UNFCCC discussions on agriculture at the Cancun Conference of the Parties (CoP16) of the UNFCCC and served previously as the Chair of the Global Donor Platform on Rural Development. Here, he reports on the history and future of agriculture in the UNFCCC, and highlights some of the key substantive issues in the debate. [more]…

OPINION: Doha talks highlight loss and damage - and leave much work ahead

Sam Bickersteth, Mairi Dupar and Dan Hamza-Goodacre of CDKN provide an overview of UN climate talks in Doha, Qatar, and the work remaining to be done to achieve ambitious, global action on climate change. [more]…

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