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Knowledge brokering for climate compatible development at Daring Cities

08 October 2020

As we move towards adopting climate compatible development practices, there is a growing demand for reliable, and useful climate information and knowledge to support effective implementation. However, with the rich and growing evidence base on climate change, it becomes challenging for decision-makers to access the right kind of information and apply it in the best possible manner to their context.

To respond to this challenge the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) focusses on bridging the gap between knowledge and action, and ensuring more informed decisions on climate change. We do this by improving the access to and use of reliable and robust information and methods by decision-makers, practitioners, researchers and non-governmental organisations working at national and subnational levels in developing countries. Developing countries have also amassed vital practical experience on climate change. CDKN assists countries to share their lessons amongst their peers as another form of knowledge brokering, where experiential knowledge is shared.

In the session, participants will hear from urban decision makers, practitioners and researchers on what they are doing to bridge the gap between knowledge and action at district, municipal and state levels in Ghana, India and Nepal. CDKN will also share emerging insights and learning on knowledge brokering from our work in Asia, Latin America and Africa.


– Shehnaaz Moosa, CDKN Director, SouthSouthNorth
– Lisa McNamara, CDKN Global Knowledge Lead, SouthSouthNorth
– Nivedita Mani, Research and Communications, Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group
– Chris Gordon, CDKN Ghana Country Engagement Lead, University of Ghana
– Kalanidhi Devkota: Executive Secretary, Municipal Institution of Nepal
– Atishi Singh, Delhi State Government
– Emani Kumar, Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI and Executive Director, ICLEI South Asia

The outcomes envisaged from the session are:

–  Understanding the knowledge needs among key actors and stakeholders at different governance levels (district, municipal, state)
– Exploring different approaches for knowledge brokering to link knowledge to policy and practice and bring about change

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