African Adaptation Initiative (AAI)


Name of initiative African Adaptation Initiative (AAI)
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Starting year 2015
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The 26th session of the African Union, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in January 2016, established a Technical Working Group (TWG) to oversee the operationalisation of the AAI (AU Decision 603). The TWG Is Chaired by AMCEN and includes representatives of the AGN, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Union Commission (AUC), New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as well as other institutions and organisations as appropriate, such as the Africa Risk Capacity (ARC). The TWG will guide the AAI through the conceptual phase to operationalisation.

Organisational structure The AAI is an African-led initiative which is strongly rooted in existing African institutions.

Political guidance: Political leadership to guide AAI is provided by the Conference of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC) and the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN). Steering Committee: AAI’s steering committee comprises the AMCEN Bureau and Chair of the African Group of Negotiators (AGN). Technical Support Unit: The day-to-day operations of the AAI is coordinated by the AAI’s Technical Support Unit (TSU).

Geographical coverage Africa
Name of lead organisation African Adaptation Initiative (AAI)
Type of lead organisation Other intergovernmental organization
Location/Nationality of lead organisation Ethiopia


Description In launching the AAI, African Heads of State have initiated high-level pan-African and regional dialogues, adaptation action on the ground, and cross-sector processes to strengthen collaboration on adaptation across Africa. The AAI will: (i) Raise awareness of climate adaptation; (ii) Facilitate knowledge management, capacity building and capacity strengthening; (iii) Support and facilitate resource mobilization for implementation; (iv) Promote co-operation and partnerships (at sub-regional and regional levels) for synergy, scale and maximize shared benefits; (v) Track progress through monitoring and evaluation of action.

The AAI represents a bold and innovative step by Africa to galvanize the support needed to significantly scale up adaptation on the continent. The AAI is an initiative for Africa, and it is driven and coordinated by Africa. It is rooted in a mandate provided to the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) by the 25th African Union Summit held in Johannesburg, South Africa in June 2015. At the 2015 AU Summit, AMCEN was directed to develop, with the African Group of Negotiators (AGN), a proposal for enhanced support to Africa on adaptation. The AAI was developed and launched later that year, in December 2015. Initially focussed on enhancing action in the pre-2020 period, the work plan is now focussed on achieving results for adaptation in Africa post-2020.

Objectives The AAI aims to enhance action on adaptation, with the aim of addressing the adaptation financing gap, and implementing measures to address disaster risk reduction and resilience needs in Africa.

The AAI takes a strategic view of adaptation across Africa – identifying the gaps and connecting regional partners to find solutions.

Through partnerships with institutions undertaking relevant work on the continent, the AAI is scaling-up and replicating successful ongoing initiatives and developing proposals for new initiatives. This begins by coordinating with partners to support four AAI Flagship Programmes: 1) Climate Information Services; 2) Advancing Risk Transfer in Africa; 3) Lake Chad River Basin Early Warning System and; 4) Knowledge Management Programme for Adaptation Planning in Africa. Two additional Flagship initiatives are in the pipeline. AAI carries out this unified approach to adaptation in Africa by coordinating action across four areas of focus, known as AAI’s ‘Pillars’.

Activities After successfully delivering results as intended under Phase 1 (2015-2016) and Phase 2 (2017-19), the AAI is now resourcing and implementing post-2020 activities under Phase 3 (2020-2030).

Phase 3 begins with achieving transformative results for adaptation in Africa through a 2020-2025 Roadmap. In delivering the AAI 2020-2025 Roadmap, the AAI seeks to contribute results across four high-level outcome areas: 1) USD 1 Billion is invested in African countries by 2025 to ensure adequate climate information services (including early-warning systems and observational infrastructure) to support robust policy and decision-making on adaptation; 2) All African countries have translated their National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and their NDC Adaptation into investment plans, and fundable pipeline of projects by 2025; 3) Doubling of adaptation finance accessed and mobilized by African countries by 2025 for their urgent priorities; 4) Implementation of at least one regional flagship programme in each of the 5 regions in Africa, addressing the critical sectors (and drivers) of the African economy: agriculture, water, disaster reduction, cities and local communities, coastal protection, health and biodiversity and ecosystems.

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Monitoring and Impacts

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Goals 1) All African countries have climate information services adequate in quantity and quality to support decision making.

2) Stronger continental, regional, and national institutional and policy frameworks to support decision making on adaptation and loss and damage in Africa. 3) Significantly increase the number of projects and programs being implemented to enhance adaptation and address loss and damage in Africa. 4) Increase access to funding and mobilise additional support to enable the implementation of adaptation actions and approaches to address loss and damage.

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Participants Number Names
Members 14  
Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 10 AREI (Ivory Coast),  Adaptation of Afrcan Agriculture -AAA (Morocco),  Rocky Mountain Institute (USA),  African Risk Capacity (South Africa),  EY Building a better world (Switzerland),  Lake Chad Basin Commission (Chad),  Stockholm Environment Initiative (Sweden),  Global Water partnership (Global),  IIED (United Kingdom),  Global Center on Adaptation (Netherlands).
National states 0
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 2 UNDP (USA),  EU (Belgium)
Financial Institutions 2 African development Fund (Tunisia),  Fonds Bleu (France).
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0
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Have only national states as participators No


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Not only have national states as participators