The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) works to enhace the quality of life for the poorest and most vulnerable to climate change. We support decision-makers in designing and delivering climate compatible development. We do this by combining knowledge, research and advisory services in support of locally owned and managed policy processes. We work in partnership with decision-makers in the public, private and non-governmental sectors nationally, regionally and globally.

What we do

From 2018, CDKN has expanded its knowledge-sharing services, but will also continue with its research and technical advisory work.

CDKN’s knowledge services focus on making information and learning on climate compatible development easier to access and use, in support of ambitious climate action. We do this through synthesising and tailoring a wealth of evidence and learning on climate compatible development to produce highly-targeted knowledge and tools to support policy design and implementation. Sustained engagement in countries in Africa, South Asia and the Andean region of Latin America helps ensure this knowledge is used and achieves impact.

Within the broad scope of climate compatible development, we work across four specific themes:

  • Water-energy-food nexus
  • Climate finance
  • Cities and urban resilience
  • Gender and social inclusion

Who we are

CDKN is led by South Africa-based SouthSouthNorth (SSN), working closely with its partners Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano (FFLA) in Ecuador, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia in India, as well as the Overseas Development Institute in the UK.

How we are funded

CDKN’s core funders are Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Content

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Climate Knowledge Brokers

The Climate Knowledge Brokers (CKB) Group is a growing alliance of around 400 leading global, regional and national knowledge brokers specialising in climate and development information.

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Vulnerability

Guidelines and tools for assessing the social and biophysical vulnerability to climate change.

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Members

Sedem Tetevi and Co. © SEDLA, Ghana

Accelerating adaptation action in Africa - Insights from African experts

In late 2020, CDKN interviewed leading African scientists and climate change adaptation practitioners. This consultation highlighted key areas of investment for unlocking adaptation in Africa and includes a series of videos that explores climate change adaptation entry points and options for Africa. 

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How to contribute climate change information to Wikipedia

How to contribute climate change information to Wikipedia

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) have produced a guide on how to contribute climate change information to Wikipedia.

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Growing beans, Western Nepal

IPCC's Special Report on Climate Change and Land: What's in it for South Asia

This publication offers a guide to the IPCC’s Special Report on Climate Change and Land prepared for decision makers in South Asia by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), Overseas Development Institute (ODI), ICLEI-South Asia and SouthSouthNorth. This is not an official IPCC publication.

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Coffee grower in Bolivia

The IPCC’s Special Report on Climate Change and Land: What’s in it for Latin America?

This publication offers a guide to the IPCC’s Special Report on Climate Change and Land prepared for decision makers in Latin America by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), Overseas Development Institute(ODI), Fundacion Futuro Latinoamericano and SouthSouthNorth. This is not an official IPCC publication.

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Image: © Ralf Steinberger | Mali women pounding cereals.

The IPCC’s Special Report on Climate Change and Land: What’s in it for Africa?

This publication offers a guide to the IPCC’s Special Report on Climate Change and Land prepared for decision-makers in Africa by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and SouthSouthNorth (SSN). This is not an official IPCC publication.

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locust invasion in mwingi cred: greenpeace paul basweti

Kenya’s perfect storm of Covid-19, floods and locusts swarms: What does it mean for food security?

In 2020, the East African region faced the multiple threats of locust swarms, flooding and COVID-19 which affected the livelihoods and food security of millions of people. This video discusses what could have been done to reduce the impacts of these threats.

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