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In a bid to align with the obligation of the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global warming to well below 2 Degrees Celsius, ideally 1.5 Degrees compared to pre-industrialised levels, more and more countries are introducing strategies to reduce their national emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) over the coming decades. Several countries have enacted laws and policies that evidence their commitment to reduce greenhouse gases or have announced dates until which they aim to become carbon neutral. Interestingly, this also includes more and more low and middle-income countries that still have trajectories of significant industrial and economic growth ahead of them. Therefore, the energy transition shift is not only a shift to decarbonise existing economies but also to enable industrialization and economic growth based on low-carbon technologies.



The diversity of global climate initiatives lack coordination, requiring a collective framework for effective integration of actions. Current efforts inadequately drive climate ambition, necessitating a new vision emphasizing creativity, context-specific strategies, and systemic transformations. African nations encounter obstacles meeting Paris Agreement targets. This report urges for enhanced cooperation focusing on environmental, transformative, and distributive outcomes — an effort that COP28 could guide for improved international cooperation beyond UNFCCC.

Gipfel für einen neuen globalen Pakt zur Klimafinanzierung

Ein entscheidendes Momentum für eine Reform der Finanzarchitektur?

Ende Juni 2023 trafen sich auf Einladung des französischen Präsidenten Emmanuel Macron Vertreterinnen und Vertreter aus Politik, Finanzwelt und Zivilgesellschaft zum „Gipfel für einen neuen globalen Finanzpakt“. Ziel des Gipfels war es, die Grundlage für einen Konsens zur Reform des internationalen Finanzsystems zu schaffen, um den Herausforderungen des Klimawandels, der sozialen Ungleichheit und des Biodiversitätsschutzes besser begegnen zu können und einen neuen Pakt zwischen dem Globalen Süden und dem Globalem Norden zu finden. Das Medieninteresse war entsprechend groß. Doch wie sind die Ergebnisse des Gipfels zu bewerten?

The 3rd Climate Diplomacy Academy, 2023

The conference aims to enhance the participants' understanding of climate change, its impacts, and the critical role of climate diplomacy in driving responsive climate action.

Our mission is to empower young and aspiring climate change diplomats, negotiators, and policymakers from across SSA. Together, we aim to amplify the critical role of climate diplomacy and international cooperation in taking action against climate change.

Media Perceptions of Climate Change in Sub-Saharan Africa

Media, as a source of information, plays a leading role in raising public awareness and understanding of climate change and its impacts across communities and nations. This study was conducted to understand how climate change is perceived in the media in Sub-Saharan Africa. It reflects on how journalists from different countries in the region often frame and report on climate change issues under varied contexts.

Unpacking the Nexus between Climate Change and Extractive Industries in Sub-Saharan Africa

This publication, comprising a compilation of diverse studies on the nexus between climate change and extractive industries, seeks to propose strategies on how extractive industries can take meaningful action related to climate change mitigation and adaption measures along their production chain in Sub-Saharan Africa


Fostering a sustainable and secure energy supply for Kenya

This policy brief was written by Maria Apergi, Laima Eicke, Andreas Goldthau, Judith Hermann, Jude Kurniawan, Esther Schuch, and Silvia Weko. The authors’ research for this policy brief is funded by the Investigating the Systemic Impacts of the Global Energy Transition (ISIGET) project, financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under the “Make our Planet Great Again – German Research Initiative”; Grant Nr. 57429628, implemented by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The workshops that took place as part of the data collection process for this policy brief were funded and organised by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Regional Programme Energy Security and Climate Change in Sub-Saharan Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya.

ARE & KAS Team up to Catalyse DRE Job Creation in West Africa

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) have formed a partnership to demonstrate the potential of decentralised renewable energy (DRE) to generate green jobs in the West African region.

Enabling Climate Smart Agriculture across East Africa

East Africa’s agriculture sector is increasingly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, challenging farmer livelihoods and regional food security. Climate Smart Agriculture’s (CSA) integrated approach will be critical to address this challenge by promoting increased agricultural productivity, resilience, and climate change mitigation. CSA encompasses a wide array of practices, technologies, and approaches, necessitating the participation of a diverse range of stakeholders spanning the public, private and development spheres. Strengthening synergies between public agencies, development partners and private enterprises to address the challenge of agricultural productivity and food security in the region calls for the establishment of an enabling regulatory environment. This Policy Brief provides a general overview of the CSA landscape in East Africa, focusing on the enabling environment, to define a set of policy recommendations.

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Climate Report 2021 

The fifth Climate Report presents contributions from the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation of global climate and energy programs

The focus of the Climate Report 2021 is on the potential effects of extreme weather events and the consequences of climate change on the agricultural sector. How are the changes affecting migratory movements? And how about security policy? We look into different regions of the world and show that the consequences of climate change are highly complex and that we need pragmatic and long-term solutions. Our Climate Report 2021 offers analyses and possible solutions.