Success Stories

Relevant information and community involvement key to helping Burundi adapt to climate change

Agriculture is at the heart of Burundi's economy: it represents 30% of its national GDP and employs over 90% of the workforce. Climate change is a serious threat to the country's future. To adapt and prepare an effective response, it is better to have relevant data and to fully involve local communities.

Malawi: Community-based adaptation helps diversify income generating activities to guard against extreme weather conditions in Malawi

Irrigation, fish-farming, horticulture, goat-rearing …. The people of the rural regions of Karonga, Dedza and Chikwawa found new ways to earn a living and to face up to extreme variations in climate. What’s more, they are more independent, more connected as a community and therefore less vulnerable. Here is a good example from Malwai of adaptation in the face of climate change.

Adapting Yaounde’s drainage system to improve climate resilience, health and create jobs

Today, nearly 2.5 million of the country's 23 million inhabitants reside in the Cameroonian capital of Yaoundé – over 60% of which is covered by low income settlement housing. The Mfoundi Canal, the city's main drainage system, has with time become a receptacle for household refuse, industrial waste, ...

Largest concentrated solar plant in Africa reducing Morocco’s dependency on external power

This project will give birth to one of the largest concentrated solar power plants in the world. Innovative in many ways and focusing on renewable energy, the NOORo program is of crucial importance for Morocco, which intends to end its excessive dependence on energy sources outside the country

Lake Turkana Wind Power Project: The largest wind farm project in Africa

The Lake Turkana wind power project involves the development and construction of a 300 MW wind farm. The project is located at a remote location, approximately 12 kilometres east of Lake Turkana in northwestern Kenya. 

A reliable electricity supply to encourage investment in Côte d’Ivoire

The Azito Power Expansion Project involves the expansion of an existing 288 megawatt (MW) gas-fired power plant located in Côte d’Ivoire, into a combined cycle plant, with the addition of a 140 MW heat-recovery steam turbine. 

Expanding geothermal development in Kenya: a model for replication

Although Kenya produces just enough power to meet its current demand for households and businesses tied to the grid, it is constantly plagued with power outages that cause not only inconveniences, but a loss of income for those businesses that depend upon it.

South African wind energy farm lights up over 120,000 homes while saving carbon emissions: AfDB/CIF-funded

In recent years, the South African electricity sector, once operationally efficient, ran into major capacity constraints. As a result, power rationing and other measures instituted to prevent the electricity system from collapsing affected the entire economy, 

Ain Beni Mathar: a unique thermo solar powerplant in Morocco

With over 300 days of sunshine per year, Ain Beni Mathar in Morocco, near the border with Algeria, was the perfect site to build a thermal and solar hybrid plant.The first of its kind in Africa, Ain Beni Mathar is a real opportunity for Morocco. 

“Let us always remember that climate change and sustainable development are two sides of the same coin.”

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General

June 29, 2015


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