New initiative will match climate knowledge to developing country needs

June 20, 2018
Sayan & Shashank take measurements at wetland in Jakkur Lake in Banglore, India

IDRC / Atul Loke

New Dutch-Canadian funding for the Climate and Development Knowledge Network

On June 21, 2018, the Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Henk Ovink, and the Chargé d'Affaires of the High Commission of Canada to South Africa, Pamela Moore, announced the start of the new phase of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).

The new phase will run from 2018–2020 and will focus on providing developing countries with enhanced knowledge resources to support ambitious climate action. It will also boost climate leadership and learning on climate compatible development. CDKN’s global program is now led from South Africa, with regional hubs managed from Ecuador and India. IDRC and the Royal Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs will fund CDKN’s new chapter to the value of US$9.2 million (approximately CA$12 million).

CDKN will work to enrich knowledge and tools to support policy design and implementation and further develop the capacity of decision-makers to accelerate climate action. “Climate-vulnerable countries are eager to access and apply knowledge about ‘what works’ in climate-compatible development; the challenge is how to navigate the great amount of climate-related information and analysis to find what is most useful, and adapt and tailor it for their countries’ needs. That is exactly the challenge that CDKN’s new initiative aims to address,” said CDKN Director Shehnaaz Moosa.  

The initiative will focus on the Andean countries of Latin America, parts of Africa, and South Asia, with the possibility for collaboration with other countries to join its wider learning and exchange activities. From 2018, CDKN is managed by a new alliance led by non-profit organization SouthSouthNorth, working with Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia, and with technical advisory from the Overseas Development Institute.

“While the effects of climate change are increasingly evident in developing countries, the knowledge that is generated by these countries to adapt to change is becoming more relevant by the day,” said Robert Hofstede, IDRC’s associate director for climate change. “We are happy to support the CDKN’s work to mobilize Southern knowledge and capacities to overcome climate related development challenges.”

CDKN was founded in 2010 to help countries design and deliver climate compatible development. The program has worked in more than 74 countries and has delivered 1,100 projects that undertook research, shared knowledge, designed policy, secured finance, and delivered programs for climate compatible development.