To implement the Paris climate change agreement at the national level, countries will have to review existing governance frameworks and develop new rules and regulations. This may result in “top-dow [more...]
Solar energy is providing off-grid energy to households and enterprises across Ethiopia. A CDKN policy brief investigates how the Government of Ethiopia can achieve its goals to radically scale up solar power. [more...]
A recent CDKN study across the towns of Kombolcha and Mek’ele in Ethiopia, both of which host new industrial parks, investigated whether taking a corridor approach to urban-industrial development can support more sustainable patterns of urban growth. [more...]
The effectiveness of national energy policy will be decisive for achieving Paris Agreement objectives and the 2030 Agenda. A CDKN Working Paper assesses how Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana and Peru are aligning these goals. [more...]
Seeing political settlements through the city: A framework for comparative analysis of urban transformation
This article presents a new analytical framework for studying cities in the developing world based on the ‘political settlements’ approach. This approach is explored through three narrative ‘sketches’ of contemporary urban development in Eastern Africa. [more]…
The Coalition for Rainforest Nations (CfRN) and CDKN present their joint initiative: the Reporting for Results-based REDD+ project, a three-year project to build capacity for measuring reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and enhancement of carbon stocks in agriculture, forest and other land use in 21 tropical and subtropical forest countries. [more]…
WORKING PAPER: Building trust in forest carbon payments: Learning from the world of financial accounting
This paper argues that REDD+ actors can learn from financial accounting, which has played a key role in maintaining investors’ confidence in mainstream capital markets. The authors recommend how accounting of REDD+ impacts can evolve to build greater trust. [more]…
This CDKN Guide presents the story of how an action research initiative in a single city in India has evolved into contagious policy action in 17 cities and 11 states, with interest from national leadership. [more]…
A Fourth Industrial Revolution is underway, characterised by emerging and exponential technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain and the Internet of Things. The paper's authors consider if these technologies could help developing countries toward achieving their Paris Agreement climate commitments. [more]…
CDKN Partner Resources
In this short clip the DECCMA team outlines some of the highlights and challenges of working as part of an international, multi-disciplinary consortium, and some lessons learned for future consortium projects.
The brief highlights the need for a better understanding of conflict and cooperation in improving global responses to impacts and interventions designed to build resilience and support sustainable development in vulnerable countries.
The social impacts of mitigation strategies and large-scale land acquisitions have resulted in increased pressures and issues of conflict in some developing countries. This policy brief presents the issues around approaches that are not conflict-sensitive, and shows how conflicts can be transformed; how climate interventions could foster cooperation.
In Kenya, local people are conserving their mangroves in exchange for community development projects, in a scheme that is impacting both Kenyan and international policy. Mangroves are highly efficient at capturing carbon, much of which ends up buried below ground and is stored away from the atmosphere.
Hydropower is often considered a clean and renewable option for developing countries looking for low-regret climate-smart investments. Yet negative socio-environmental repercussions of large hydropower dams are difficult to minimise and could result in creating or exacerbating conflicts. Two research consortia present findings related to policy, implantation and practices