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.

Future Proofing Indian Cities. Photo Credit: @Alex Graves Flickr Creative Commons

Future Proofing Indian Cities

Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) (2014). Future Proofing Indian Cities, Final Urban Diagnostics for Bangalore. 

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Using climate information to achieve long-term development objectives

This policy brief describes a ‘co-exploration’ approach to identifying climate change adaptation needs in Accra, Ghana, and Maputo, Mozambique.

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Putting Climate Knowledge into Climate Action - SEI Oxford seminar 29th of September 2015

On the 29th of September SEI Oxford convened researchers, practitioners, partners and students in an interactive and lively seminar. Please find material from the seminar here

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The Climate Knowledge Brokers Manifesto

This manifesto describes the essential role of climate knowledge brokers in helping people make climate sensitive decisions fully informed by the best available climate knowledge.

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INSIDE STORY - Working towards a Smart Energy Path: Mali

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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INSIDE STORY - Working towards a Smart Energy Path: Togo

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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