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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: A great IPCC report, another week of talking about climate change, but where’s the policy cohesion?

Sam Bickersteth of CDKN reports from this month's Chatham House climate change conference, which tackled the tough implications of the IPCC's Special Report on 1.5°C of global warming. [more]…

FEATURE: Legal community to bolster Paris Agreement implementation

The CDKN team reports on how the legal community is mobilising to ensure that the ambitious Paris climate agreement gets translated to into action. [more]…

OPINION: Implementing the NDCs - early progress towards transformational change

Recent global talks aimed at limiting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in the atmosphere show promise - but what else are countries doing to limit greenhouse gas emissions? Sam Bickersteth, CDKN's Chief Executive, takes stock of developing countries' progress on their national climate plans, the 'Nationally Determined Contributions'. [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: "You cannot turn back from Paris" - Sam Bickersteth

Sam Bickersteth, Chief Executive of CDKN, has led this global alliance of southern and northern organisations delivering innovative solutions for climate compatible development since 2011. Here, he talks about the Paris agreement and its implications for developing countries: where do we go from here? [more]…

CDKN Annual Report 2015: Climate compatible development - delivering results

CDKN's Annual Report 2015 celebrates five years of results in climate compatible development - including partnerships to safeguard lives and livelihoods in the face of increasing climate change impacts, and innovative work to finance low carbon development. [more]…

OPINION: Where next for climate policy in Indonesia?

Sam Bickersteth, CDKN’s Chief Executive, recently visited Indonesia and here reflects on the many options for climate compatible development, including in the context of the country's Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC). [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: 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]…

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]…

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