Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Initiative

09-Apr-2018

Africa Climate Week (ACW)

The African Development Bank is co-organizing, together with other members of the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), the Africa Climate Week 2018 (ACW) from 9th to 13th April in Nairobi, Kenya, to advance regional climate action. The ultimate aim of ACW, the first of what is planned to be an annual gathering, is to support implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement and climate action to deliver on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. ACW will be an umbrella for a series of climate-related events focused on NDC...
06-Mar-2018

Inclusive Climate-Smart Finance – Reaching those most in need

Addressing the climate challenge rests inter alia on the availability of adequate and sustainable climate-smart finance, along with properly designed mechanisms for its smooth provision. Leveraging such mechanisms has the potential to address socio-economic imbalances and political grievances that aggravate communities’ vulnerability and reduce their resilience to the impacts of climate change and extremes. Implementing an inclusive approach – that takes into account the needs, interests and differential vulnerabilities of men and women – in all aspects of project development, including...
26-Aug-2015

Ethiopia first country to launch ClimDev-Africa Special Fund project

The ClimDev Africa Special Fund (CDSF) launched its first project in Ethiopia on August 3 to help the country cope with, and build resilience to, climate change by enhancing capacity in climate monitoring, data analysis, interpretation, forecasting and dissemination for use in national decision-making. The project entitled “Strengthening Climate Information and Early Warning Systems for Climate Resilient Development and Adaptation to Climate Change in Ethiopia – (SCI-EWS)” will be implemented over a span of three years at a total cost of EUR 1 million. Speaking at the...
15-Dec-2014

Ethiopia grabs first ClimDev Special Fund grant

Ethiopia has sealed a US $1.1 million deal with the newly launched ClimDev-Africa Special Fund (CDSF), to strengthen its climate information and early warning systems for climate resilience development and adaptation – becoming the first African country to benefit from the Fund. A project document circulated in Lima, Peru, on the side lines of the 20th Session of global climate negotiations (COP 20), states that the Ethiopian project will enhance the building of national capacities in climate monitoring, data analysis, interpretation, forecasting and dissemination to foster the...
10-Oct-2014

African Ministers hail ClimDev Special Fund calling it useful and timely

African Ministers, policy-makers, representatives of development partners and climate scientists on Wednesday in Marrakech, Morocco, hailed the establishment of the ClimDev-Africa Special Fund as another concrete show of commitment by Africa to face the challenge posed by the nefarious impacts of climate change to the continent. Ministers from Benin, Guinea Bissau and Senegal, took turns on the podium at a gala dinner on Wednesday, October 8 to welcome the official launch of the Fund, saying it is a useful and timely initiative. In particular, it will help African countries to invest in...
08-Oct-2014

AfDB says ClimDev-Africa Special Fund ready to support first climate change operations

The African Development Bank (AfDB) announced on Wednesday, October 8 in Marrakech, Morocco, that the ClimDev-Africa Special Fund (CDSF) implemented in August is now ready to support the first cohort of climate change operations. Addressing the opening session of the Fourth Annual Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-IV) in Marrakech, Morocco, Yacine Fal, Resident Representative of the Bank to the Kingdom of Morocco, announced the launch of the first ‘Call for Proposal’ at an event to be held in Marrakech later in the day. Fal cautioned that the Fund would only...
25-Oct-2013

AfDB underscores crucial role of African knowledge on climate adaptation at “Africa Climate Conference 2013”

“Advancing African Climate Science Research and Knowledge to Inform Adaptation Decision-Making in Africa”, was the theme of the Africa Climate Conference (ACC 2013) held in Arusha, Tanzania from 15-18 October.  The event that was co-sponsored by the African Development Bank (AfDB) sought to strengthen the link between the generation of climate knowledge and the needs of climate information users for timely, reliable and predictable information. As an experienced knowledge-broker in climate change and a high performer in climate finance, AfDB’s role during the conference was to give...
07-Mar-2013

Climate for Development in Africa Committee Vows Partners Will Stay the Course

The 4th Session of the Steering Committee Meeting of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Initiative opened in Tunis, Tunisia, on Wednesday, March 6 with a strong commitment from partners to do whatever it takes to ensure that the program contributes effectively towards the fight against climate change impacts on Africa. The African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, told the opening session of the two-day meeting that, despite the immense challenges climate change poses to the continent, the united front mounted by partners...
06-Mar-2013

Africa Fights Climate Change in Africa

AfDB hosts a high-level meeting Clim-Dev becomes operational in 2013 Post 2015 perspectives The African Development Bank (AfDB) is hosting the fourth meeting of the Board of Program Directors of the Climate for Development in Africa Initiative (Clim-Dev) on March 6 and 7 in Tunis. The high-level meeting marks a turning point in Africa’s fight against climate change, particularly in Africa itself. In the course of this meeting, the Clim-Dev Special Fund (CDSF) – an ad hoc investment fund set aside to finance climate change activities in Africa –becomes operational this year. In...
19-Feb-2013

ACP Grants €20 million to AfDB, AU and ECA in the Fight Against Climate Change

The African Development Bank (AfDB), the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Union (AU) have, under the Climate for Development in Africa Program, undertaken a vibrant campaign for financial resources mobilization aimed at making viable the Special ClimDev-Africa Fund, a joint AU-AfDB-ECA initiative, administered by the African Development Bank. In accordance with AfDB procedures, UA 20 million (about US $30 million) were required to make this Fund operational. Ibrahima Dia, Chief of the Joint AU-AfDB-ECA Secretariat, received on Monday, February 11, in Brussels, the...
15-Jun-2012

Sweden pledges €7.5 million to ClimDev-Africa Special Fund

The Swedish government has pledged to commit €7.5 million to a special fund of the Climate for Development in Africa Program (ClimDev-Africa) established to pool resources and finance demand-driven projects in Africa that intend to generate and disseminate climate information to all levels of society. This pledge and other expressions of interest and intent to partner with ClimDev-Africa in delivering objectives came during a high level roundtable hosted by ClimDev-Africa on 25 April 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden. The meeting was chaired by Ms. Charlotte Petri Gornitzka,...
01-Nov-2011

AfDB Presents Africa Carbon Facility at Inaugural CCDA-I

Between 17 and19 October 2011, the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev Africa) Programme—a joint initiative of the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Union Commission, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa—held its first annual stakeholder forum on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-I). The conference theme, “Development First: Addressing Climate Change in Africa,” reflected the need for integrating development and climate policies and emphasized the importance of African ownership of policy formulation and the decision-making process. Adding to the...
15-Oct-2010

ADF VII – Dealing with Africa’s Climate Change Financing Needs

“Africa has urgent and enormous climate change financing needs, but existing sources of financing and disbursement are inadequate,” said AfDB compliance and safeguards manager, Anthony Nyong, while speaking on financing climate change adaptation and mitigation action on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at the ongoing Seventh African Development Forum, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Climate change financing has been a thorny issue, particularly in the case of Africa, which is contributing less than 4% to global emissions, with 75% of this coming from deforestation. The African continent is highly...
15-Oct-2010

CoDA soutient la mobilisation de l’Afrique face aux changements climatiques

La Coalition pour le dialogue sur l’Afrique (CoDA) a apporté jeudi à Addis-Abeba, où se tient le 7 ème Forum pour le développement de l’Afrique (ADF, en anglais), sa contribution à la mobilisation du continent  pour relever les défis du changement climatique. Dans le cadre de cette contribution, le président du Conseil d’administration de CoDA, Festus Mogae, ancien chef de l’Etat du Botswana, a présidé une journée d’échanges sur les moyens à mobiliser pour aider les pays africains à  réussir leur adaptation aux changements climatiques. Les participants à cette session thématique,...
14-Oct-2010

Seventh ADF: African Ministers Support Africa Green Fund

Several African ministers, speaking for their governments at the Seventh African Development Forum held on Tuesday, 12 October 2010 in Addis Ababa, unanimously supported the African Development Bank’s proposal for the establishment of an Africa Green Fund. The fund is designed to receive and manage resources allocated to Africa from all sources including the fast-track financing and long-term pledges made under the Copenhagen Accord to finance projects and programs that contribute to climate-resilience and low- carbon development in Africa. Ministers from Uganda, Malawi, Kenya, Zimbabwe...
14-Oct-2010

7th ADF High Level Leadership Dialogue-Kaberuka, Meles, Stoltenberg, Mogae and Ping on Climate Change

Recalling memories of the devastating impact of climate change on the economies of African countries, African Development Bank (AfDB) President, Donald Kaberuka, said climate change ought to be the defining factor of true leadership and good governance, globally. Mr. Kaberuka made the remark during a debate by a panel of eminent personalities on 13 October 2010 at the Ongoing Seventh African Development Forum, convened in Addis Ababa to discuss issues related to governance and leadership response to Climate Change. Participating in the dialogue also were Prime Ministers Meles Zenawi of...
14-Oct-2010

AfDB and Partners Launch ClimDev Programme

The African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) on Wednesday October 13, 2010 in Addis Ababa, launched the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme at a ceremony held on the sidelines of the Seventh African Development Forum. The instrument creating the programme’s joint secretariat, which will be based at UNECA in Addis Ababa, was signed by AfDB President, Donald Kaberuka;  AUC Chairman, Jean Ping; and ECA Executive Secretary, Abdoulie Janneh. “This launching is taking place...
10-Oct-2010

Seventh African Development Forum-Mainstreaming Climate Change in Development

African Ministers Support Africa Green Fund “I cannot imagine a greater demonstration of global leadership at this stage than taking the necessary steps to counter climate change and saving our planet” Mr. Kaberuka said. Read the speech AfDB and Partners Launch ClimDev Programme     Event's Background The African Development Forum jointly initiated in 1999 by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union Commission (AUC) to address development challenges in Africa and to establish a...
08-Oct-2010

Managing Climate change: A Critical Governance Issue for Africa

Managing climate change has become a governance issue. Consequent upon African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) commitment to both governance and climate change, the institution’s president, Donald Kaberuka, will on Wednesday, October 13, 2010, in Addis Ababa address the first plenary session of the Seventh African Development Forum (ADF-VII) on the theme: “High Level Leadership Dialogue on Governance and Leadership Response to Climate Change”. To show the strategic importance of the session in articulating Africa’s overarching governance and leadership challenges in dealing with climate change...
07-Oct-2010

Interview – "The Seventh African Development Forum (ADF) will ensure adequate African approach to the continent’s concerns and priorities on Climate change"

Interview with AfDB Quality and Compliance Manager, Anthony Nyong Question: The Bank is participating in a major Forum (the ADF) in Addis Ababa next week what is the Forum all about and what is the level of the Bank’s involvement in it? Answer: You are certainly referring to the African Development Forum (ADF VII) which will be held in Addis Ababa from October 10 to 15, 2010. That very important conference will be the seventh in the series of biannual Forum jointly initiated since 1999 by the Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union...