Thinking ahead of the First Global Stocktake from Africa

Preparing for the first global stocktake: How to shift collective climate action into high gear and achieve equitable outcomes

While the 1st GST is approaching in 2023, the question of how GST will be designed remains critical. From the African perspective, this policy brief illustrates important dimensions and considerations for mitigation, including response measures, and adaptation action including loss and damage that will be critical for GST. The policy brief demonstrates critical action areas that need considerable attention towards more realistic and effective GST, including strengthening access to means of implementing climate action

Climate Change Litigation on the African Continent

Over the past decade climate change litigation is increasingly utilised to influence policy outcomes and sway corporate and societal behaviour. Whilst the majority of litigation to date has taken place in developed countries, there has been a significant increase and expansion in scope and geographical coverage over the past five years now with some 172 cases documented worldwide, many of which are in developing countries.

Opportunities for Circular Economy in Africa’s Mining Sector

During the annual meeting of the African Circular Economy Alliance (ACEA), KAS presented a report on Opportunities for Circular Economy in Africa’s Mining Sector. The mining sector provides a significant economic contribution to African countries, at the same time minerals and metals from the continent are needed for a transition to a low carbon economy and thus demand and markets are expected to increase significantly over the next years. It is therefore crucial to enhance opportunities for sustainable mining practices and operations

Informing Power Sector Transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa

Learning from Experiences in the Global South

Covid-19 has had significant and varied impacts on countries in the global South, and the responses of these countries to this pandemic have been similarly varied. This brief explores a wide range of Covid-19 power-sector responses from developing countries in Latin America and Asia, especially examples with a direct link to renewable energy (RE). It includes new and repurposed responses (including policies, programmes, projects, initiatives, and funds) implemented by a wide range of agents (including governments, the private sector, civil society, donors, and others). However, it has a particular focus on the role that governments played in directly or indirectly enabling and implementing responses.

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Klimapartnerschaften als Baustein einer strategischen Außenpolitik

In vielen Schwellenländern gibt es Potenzial, Treibhausgas-Emissionen zu reduzieren. Klimapartnerschaften bieten sich hierbei als Instrument an

Längst ist der Klimawandel zu einem zentralen Bereich der internationalen Politik geworden. Grund dafür ist der Charakter des Problems: Nur wenn alle mitziehen, kann der Ausstoß von klimaschädlichen Gasen effizient verringert werden. Neben multilateralen Konferenzen können auch bilaterale Klimapartnerschaften ein Werkzeug der internationalen Politik sein.

New Frontiers in Local Content: Environment and Democracy

Mining companies are some of the most important private sector actors in many countries in Sub-Sahara Africa, yet in many cases their linkages with the national economies in which they extract minerals is limited. In recent years there has been a growing interest in how mining companies can be better integrated within the economies of mining jurisdictions through local content policies

It is about their story

How China, Turkey and Russia influence the media in Africa

KAS Media Africa has asked experts on Chinese, Turkish and Russian media policies to outline the strategies that the state and media institutions are applying when dealing with media houses and media practitioners in Africa. As media experts in South Africa, the DRC or Nigeria are witnessing a growing pressure on their ways of investigating and positioning media in their countries as the Fourth Estate, this publication tries to give an overview, a handbook for orientation.

Solar Energy in East Africa – Opportunities, Challenges and the Impact of COVID-19

The outbreak of the novel corona virus disease has impacted renewable energy in Africa. Although much of the world is experiencing reduced energy demand due to on-going lockdown measures which has resulted in unstable oil prices, and traditional logic suggests that low oil prices can make renewable energy less competitive. However, African Governments and relevant stakeholders are recognising the important role renewable energy (and in particular solar energy) can play in fighting the pandemic and in assisting businesses to stay afloat following this disruption.

Energy and Covid-19: Sustainable Finance

An essential tool to enable access to clean and affordable energy in Namibia

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 targets to ensure access to affordable and clean energy to all beings by 2030. Namibia is characterized by low energy access levels, especially in rural areas. Renewable energy in the form of hydropower, solar, wind and biomass are sources of clean energy in Namibia, but coal and oil still provide a large portion of the country’s energy. Incremental policies and financial resources are still required to support growth in investments for on-grid, mini grid, and off-grind energy complemented by energy efficiency projects to address energy challenges. Options including microcredit, project finance and Public Private Partnerships (PPP) can be considered to achieve community electrification and energy efficiencies depending on the scale of the project.

Energy and Covid-19: The era of sustainable finance

Could Green Bonds & Social Bonds be the solution to South Africa’s socio-economic woes?

Climate-related risks are far-reaching, and research indicates that they will impact all sectors. Consequently, addressing climate change is no longer viewed as a “government issue”, but rather a challenge that needs to be tackled using collective action and a collaborative approach involving both public and private sector stakeholders. The last five years have witnessed more and more private capital being mobilised towards green investments. While climate-related finance is growing, the current levels of investment are nowhere near where they should be in order to facilitate transformational change and reach the globally agreed upon climate goals. There is an urgent need to address this funding gap and the mobilization of both public and private sector funding is of para-mount importance in this regard.

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