Assessing Climate-related Security and Development Risks in Africa (closed)
8 September, 2-3:15 pm
Despite Africa’s limited contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions, climate change and its associated threats are jeopardising the livelihoods of millions of people in Africa, with severe repercussions for the continent’s ability to achieve sustainable development and peace. Africa’s vulnerability to the devastating impacts of climate change are likely to increase in the future, not only because of its high exposure to climate change, but also due to its relatively low government preparedness and community resilience. According to USAID, 57% of countries facing the highest burden of climate exposure and political fragility risks are in Sub-Saharan Africa. Despite the multiplicity of policy frameworks, including NDCs, NAPAs and other national mechanisms, challenges to effective operationalisation persist, and the scale of action fall dramatically short of the increasing need.
This webinar highlighted the multidimensional and transnational nature of climate-related security and development risks in Africa, as well as the imperative for breaking the silos between relevant national and regional actors in addressing them, including through national planning and programming. Participants considered how African governments and regional organizations can integrate climate-related security and development risks into climate-targeted responses, peacebuilding and conflict prevention, before discussing good practice examples for integrated responses and avenues for international support.
Salma Kadry, Researcher on Sustainable Peace and Development, CCCPA
- Amb. Mohamed Gad, Director of Environment & Sustainable Development Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Egypt
- Sagal Abshir, Researcher & Analyst, Climate Security Expert Network (CSEN)
- Dr. Florian Krampe, Senior Researcher, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
- Dr. Samuel Godfrey, Regional Adviser - Water, Sanitation, Climate, Energy and Sustainability for East and Southern Africa, UNICEF
Integrating Climate-related Security and Development Risks into National Planning and Programming in Africa and the Role of International Support (closed)
15 September, 2-3:15 pm
Despite the multiplicity of policy frameworks at the disposal of African governments and regional organisations, challenges to effective operationalisation persist. Many of the systematic issues that impede the translation of climate commitments into action are anchored on the siloed and reactive nature of managing climate threats. On one hand, there is a lack of a broader understanding across government entities and regional organisations of the relationships and interdependencies between climate change risks, socioeconomic factors and peace and security risks. Matters concerning climate change continue to reside within traditional actors, such as the Ministries of Environment, with limited vertical and horizontal engagement. On the other hand, many of the NDCs and other climate commitments are not factored into national budgetary processes, and Africa receives only 4% of global climate finance. With these challenges in mind, it is imperative for national governments and regional organisations to take an approach towards climate threats, development and peacebuilding that takes into account the systematic interplay between climate-security and development risks – an approach that is risk-informed.
This webinar identified action points, opportunities, and challenges for African governments and regional organizations on how to shift towards risk-informed decision making when planning for climate-targeted responses, development and peacebuilding and how to translate risk-informed planning into implementation. This included discussions on institutionalising a systematic approach towards climate threats and on opportunites to enhance cooperation among actors, aligning actions and ensuring coherence across programming. Finally, the online event considered how to ensure that these efforts are financed and integrated into national and international budgets and budgetary processes.
Raquel Munayer, Research Analyst, adelphi
- Silja Halle, Programme Officer, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
- Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, President, Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT)
- Gareth Phillips, Chief Climate Change and Green Officer, African Development Bank Group (AfDB)
- Dr. Francois Kayitakire, Director of Research and Development Department, African Risk Capacity, African Union (AU)
Training: Risk Assessment Tools and Methodologies for National Planning and Programming (closed)
22 September, 2-4:30 pm
By the end of this training, participants were be able to:
- Assess the relationships and interlinkages between climate change, security and development risks, through the utilisation of risk assessment frameworks and methodologies.
- Better understand how to mainstream this complex and integrated analysis of climate threats into national development, peacebuilding and conflict prevention planning and programming.
Provided by: adelphi