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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Knowledge Partners

weADAPT undertakes collaborations and projects with a number of Knowledge Partners, all designed to enrich and improve the utility of the weADAPT platform for a diverse audience of users.

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Knowledge Brokers Workshop 2012

This report summaries the key discussions and findings from the second Climate and Development Knowledge Brokers workshop, held from 18-20 May 2012. 

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