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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.



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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: Major milestone reached for Paris Agreement – now it is time for real action

Sam Bickersteth, CDKN's Chief Executive, responds to the news that enough countries have ratified the Paris Agreement for it to enter into force on 4 November. [more]…

FEATURE: Shifting from ‘Intended’ to ‘Implemented’ - What’s required for the INDCs?

CDKN has supported the development of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) for the Paris climate summit, in nine developing countries. Ben Bostock, Helen Picot and Kiran Sura of CDKN reflect on the strong ambitions of these submissions – and their varying levels of detail, which suggest that some INDCs may be readier for implementation than others. [more]…

OPINION: Financing for Development - an unmissable opportunity to back climate compatible development

This week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, governments meet at the Financing for Development conference. It’s part of a long intergovernmental series of meetings to assess whether international and domestic financing for development is adequate and to encourage greater assistance commitments from industrialised nations [more]…

OPINION: Fiscal policies support climate compatible development

Fiscal policies play an important role in guiding investment decisions towards low emission and climate resilient options, report Sam Bickersteth and Ari Huhtala from the Green Growth Knowledge Platform Annual Conference. [more]…

OPINION: Will the Lima climate conference sustain progress toward a strong climate deal?

Will the UNFCCC’s COP20 deliver a year-end high for what has been an extraordinary year for climate change? Or will we find ourselves looking back on two weeks’ worth of talks in Lima to find some glimmers of hope? Sam Bickersteth and Kiran Sura of CDKN report. [more]…

FEATURE: What do we know about green growth in practice? Learning from ‘hard evidence’

Sam Bickersteth, CDKN’s Chief Executive, responds to a new knowledge resource launched today in London: Green Growth in Practice - Lessons from Country Experiences. [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]…

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: Why do low emissions development strategies matter?

Sam Bickersteth shares his remarks from the opening of Peru’s second national climate change conference, Interclima. [more]…

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