Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)


Name of initiative Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)
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Starting year 2010
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Secretariat Climate and Development Knowledge Network

55 Salt River Road Cape Town South Africa

Organisational structure The Climate and Development Knowledge Network is managed by an alliance of organisations led by SouthSouthNorth, and including Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia, and the Overseas Development Institute.
Geographical coverage Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Latin America and The Caribbean
Name of lead organisation SouthSouthNorth
Type of lead organisation "NGO" is not in the list of possible values (National government, Local government, Other public institution, Financial institution, Corporate, United Nations or Specialised agency, Other intergovernmental organization, Other, Academic/Research institution, NGO/Civil Society, Business, Network/Consortium/Partnership, International organisation) for this property.
Location/Nationality of lead organisation South Africa


Description The Climate and Development Knowledge Network works to enhance 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 technical advisory 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.

Objectives CDKN works across four strategic themes:

1. Climate finance 2. Cities 3. Water-Energy-Food nexus 4. Gender and social inclusion

Activities From 2018 to 2021, CDKN will be further developing its knowledge-sharing and learning work in a new phase of the CDKN programme. 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 work in three areas:

• Knowledge: We synthesise and tailor the wealth of evidence and learning on climate compatible development from CDKN and other international climate programmes to produce highly-targeted knowledge and tools to support policy design and implementation. • Engagement: We engage in countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to ensure this tailored knowledge is used and achieves impact. We share the latest climate information and learning to enhance global knowledge and inform key debates. • Peer learning: We bring developing countries together to share their experiences and learning on delivering climate action on the ground. We help connect fellow professionals who face similar climate and development challenges, within and across borders.

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Participants Number Names
Members 4  
Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 0
National states 0
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
Faith based organisations 0
Other members 4 SouthSouthNorth (South Africa),  Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano (Ecuador),  ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (Germany),  and the Overseas Development Institute (United Kingdom)
Supporting partners 3 The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Netherlands) and Canada's International Development Research Centre (Canada),  IDRC (Canada)
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Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Last update: 14 June 2019 11:29:04

Not only have national states as participators