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.

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CKB Workshop 2015 Report

This report summarises the discussions and conclusions from the 2015 Climate Knowledge Brokers (CKB) Group workshop, held 23–24 June 2015.  

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INSIDE STORY - Working towards a Smart Energy Path: Benin

This inside story explores the outcomes of the project ‘Energy, Ecodevelopment and Resilience in Africa’ which Benin, Mali and Togo participated in.

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Lessons Learned from Preparing Intended Nationally Determined Contributions

This paper summarises key learnings that emerged from working with a range of expert organisations to provide technical assistance to nine developing countries to prepare their INDCs.

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Material linked to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) from the IPCC

This page gives an overview of the derivative material from The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) from the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) 

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When Poor Resource Governance Becomes Barrier to Rural Community-Based Adaptation

Natural resources and ecological assets in the Nigerian savanna are not pure public goods, but common pool resources, which can result in a 'tragedy of the commons' - a barrier to adaptation.

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The impact of climate change on the achievement of the post-2015 sustainable development goals

This work explores the implications of a potential international climate agreement on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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