Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

February 2010 to March 2017

CDKN supports decision-makers in designing and delivering climate compatible development. We do this by combining research, advisory services and knowledge management to support 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. We hold strongly to the ideals of human development and environmental sustainability.

We are managed by an alliance of organisations including PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano (Ecuador), LEAD Pakistan, SouthSouthNorth (South Africa), and the Overseas Development Institute. Our work focuses on 12 priority countries (Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Uganda, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Indonesia, Colombia, Peru and El Salvador) as well as the Caribbean region. 

CDKN is able to provide support through its alliance organisations and procure the best services from around the world. We strive to deliver the highest quality technical advice, forge uniquely effective partnerships, and drive the latest and best thinking on climate compatible development. Our team based at ODI leads on CDKN's research as well as knowledge management and partnerships activities. 

Within the broad scope of climate compatible development, we work across four strategic themes:

  • Climate compatible development strategies and plans
  • Improving developing countries’ access to climate finance
  • Strengthening resilience through climate-related disaster risk management
  • Supporting climate negotiators from the least developed and most vulnerable countries.
Outputs

Mainstreaming climate compatible development

Books or book chapters | December 2015 | Simon Maxwell, Ari Huhtala, Mairi Dupar
This book brings together lessons Climate and Development Knowledge Network's (CDKN) first five years of work and invites you to share your experience.
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The impact of climate change on the achievement of the post-2015 sustainable development goals

Research reports and studies | May 2015 | Alberto Ansuategi, Valerie Houlden, Anil Markandya, Laura Onofri, Helen Picot, Georgia-Marina Tsarouchi and Nigel Walmsley
This report considers impacts on development over the next 15 years, under two scenarios for the 2015 climate change agreement: a high-ambition agreement and a low-ambition agreement. It looks at associated policies and levels of investment in mitigation and adaptation...
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Harnessing private enterprise for climate compatible development

Public event | 30 April 2015 13:00 - 14:30 GMT+01 (BST)
A conversation between leaders in the world of impact investment in renewable energy and telecommunications in Africa and UK. They explore the role that business and finance can play in low carbon development and poverty reduction; and the...
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Gauging the Climate before Sendai

Public event | 3 March 2015 12:00 - 13:30 GMT+00
​To galvanise momentum ahead of Sendai, this event will identify constructive ways forward to be considered by governments, civil society groups and businesses.
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Promoting the use of climate information to achieve long-term development objectives in sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons from the Future Climate For Africa scoping phase

Research reports and studies | February 2015 | Lindsey Jones, Elizabeth Carabine, Jean-Pierre Roux and Thomas Tanner
FCFA is a 5-year international research programme jointly funded by the UK’s Department for International Development and Natural Environment Research Council. The programme supports research and capacity-building activities that foster better understanding of climate...
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Time to join up 2015's 'big three' landmark agreements

Articles and blogs | 9 December 2014 | Mairi Dupar
This weekend in Lima, international leaders called for a surge in public support for tackling climate change and poverty, in order to galvanise governmental ambition for three landmark agreements in 2015 on sustainable development, climate change and disaster reduction.
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The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What's in it for Latin America?

Resource | December 2014 | Elizabeth Carabine, Alberto Lemma and Mairi Dupar
What’s in it for Latin America? presents key findings from the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) for Latin America. It extracts Latin America-specific data, trends and analysis directly from AR5, summarising it in a short volume to make it accessible to all...
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The future framework for disaster risk reduction: A guide for decision makers – second edition

Research reports and studies | November 2014 | Jan Kellett, Tom Mitchell, Emma Lovell, Virginie le Masson, Katie Peters, Emily Wilkinson, Amy Kirbyshire, Aditya Bahadur, Elizabeth Carabine and Virginia Murray (Public Health England)
This guide to the future framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR) is intended for decision-makers, particularly those in government responsible for contributing to the new agreement.
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Ambitious and coherent? Reviewing the pre-zero draft of the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

Working and discussion papers | September 2014 | Tom Mitchell, Emma Lovell, Virginie Le Masson, Amy Kirbyshire, Kashmala Kakakhel, Thomas Tanner, Katie Peters, Emily Wilkinson, Lindsey Jones, Julie Calkins, Aditya Bahadur, Elizabeth Carabine
After 18 months of consultations across six continents, we have the first glimpse of the new post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR). Released on the 8th August 2014 by the Thai and Finnish co-chairs of the Bureau overseeing the process, this pre-zero...
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Ambitious and coherent? Reviewing the pre-zero draft of the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

Articles and blogs | 4 September 2014 | Tom Mitchell, Emma Lovell, Virginie Le Masson, Amy Kirbyshire, Kashmala Kakakhel, Thomas Tanner, Katie Peters, Emily Wilkinson, Lindsey Jones, Julie Caulkins, Aditya Bahadur
After 18 months of consultations across six continents, we have the first glimpse of the new post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR). Released on the 8th August 2014 by the Thai and Finnish co-chairs of the Bureau overseeing the process, this pre-zero...
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The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What’s in it for Africa?

Briefing papers | July 2014 | Elizabeth Carabine and Alberto Lemma (ODI), with Mairi Dupar and Lindsey Jones (ODI), Yacob Mulugetta (University of Surrey), Nicola Ranger (DFID) and Maarten van Aalst (Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre).
Distilling the 5,000+ pages of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report on climate change into a more accessible format, CDKN and ODI have recently released a summary report highlighting the key findings of the IPCC for Africa.
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The IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report: What's in it for South Asia?

Briefing papers | July 2014 | Elizabeth Carabine and Alberto Lemma (ODI), with Mairi Dupar and Lindsey Jones (ODI), Yacob Mulugetta (University of Surrey), Nicola Ranger (DFID) and Maarten van Aalst (Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre)
Distilling the 5,000+ pages of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report on climate change into a more accessible format, CDKN and ODI have recently released a summary report highlighting the key findings of the IPCC for South Asia.
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Private sector action in adaptation

Articles and blogs | 25 June 2014 | Ari Huhtala
The private sector is very heterogeneous, ranging from gigantic multinationals to mini-hydro operators or small farmers in developing countries. All reports mapping climate finance flows assign almost all private sector flows to mitigation but these figures do not...
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What does it take to mainstream disaster risk in key sectors?

Working and discussion papers | April 2014 | Aditya Bahadur, Amy Kirbyshire, Dina Khan and Mihir Bhatt
This CDKN guide by Amy Kirbyshire and Aditya Bahadur of the Overseas Development Institute, together with Dina Khan of LEAD and Mihir Bhatt of the All India Disaster Management Institute, draws on the experience of CDKN’s programmes on climate-related disaster risk...
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Close to home: subnational strategies for climate compatible development

Research reports and studies | April 2014 | Barbara Anton, Ali Cambray, Mairi Dupar and Astrid Westerlind-Wigstroem with Elizabeth Gogoi
This working paper draws on rich insights from the work of partner organisations that CDKN has supported to promote climate compatible development at the subnational level across Africa, Asia and Latin America. This paper is intended to provide an introduction to the...
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How to scale out community-based adaptation to climate change

Research reports and studies | April 2014 | Elizabeth Gogoi, Mairi Dupar, Lindsey Jones, Claudia Martinez and Lisa McNamara
This Working Paper explains the initial thinking from the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) on how to increase the scale and impact of community-based adaptation (CBA). It draws upon CDKN’s experience and learning, and that of our partners, from a...
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What does it take to mainstream disaster risk management in key sectors?

Research reports and studies | March 2014 | Aditya Bahadur; Amy Kirbyshire; Dina Khan; Mihir Bhatt
Climate-related disasters are becoming more frequent and negatively impacting development progress across the world. Mainstreaming disaster risk management within the policies and programmes of different sectors ensures that the effects of disasters are minimised. This...
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Music offers a breakthrough for communicating on climate change

Articles and blogs | 19 November 2013 | Mairi Dupar
'Music dominated the day’s discussions in several ways. First, participants shared experience on grassroots communications strategies that have changed communities’ behaviours and have led to new decisions on climate compatible development and disaster risk...
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You know your adaptation programme’s going well when…

Articles and blogs | 19 November 2013 | Mairi Dupar
'An old saying goes ‘imitation is the highest form of flattery’. That’s certainly the view from the arid West African country of Niger, where Safi Solange Bako is running a programme to promote climate-friendly agriculture. The programme is yielding so many pay-...
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Supporting climate negotiations: examining the evidence

Research reports and studies | November 2013 | Louise Shaxson, Simon Maxwell, Dan Hamza-Goodacre, Chris Dodwell, Arani Mylvaganam, Kiran Sua
'The poorest and most vulnerable countries often have the most to lose from climate change, but the least resources to fully represent their interests at international climate change negotiations. This paper reviews the existing evidence base and a range of case...
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Strike first, before the next climate disaster

Articles and blogs | 11 July 2013 | Mairi Dupar
'Disaster galvanises action. Floods, cyclones, droughts, jolt leaders into planning for future extreme weather events in a way that scientists’ projections about climate change – which might seem too hypothetical – often fail to do. What we need is the same flurry...
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Seeing is believing

Articles and blogs | 9 July 2013 | Ari Huhtala
'My ten days’ observation of the fragile wilderness between latitudes N79° and N80° certainly strengthened my sense of the urgency that all discussions about development and green growth must carry. Climate change is here, now, and we need to do all we can to...
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Progress for Climate Negotiations - in the UNFCCC and beyond

Articles and blogs | 24 June 2013 | Mairi Dupar and Kiran Sura
Recent global climate talks in Bonn, Germany made few headlines except for the impasse around implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Yet, even in the face of these doldrums, many negotiators took an optimistic long-term view – and...
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CKDN debate highlights the need for a new economic narrative

Articles and blogs | May 2013 | Mairi Dupar
Mairi Dupar reports from a debate held by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and Overseas Development Institute (ODI) highlighting compelling economic narratives are needed to drive action on climate compatible development – and that policies must be...
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Could climate justice be the rallying cry the world needs?

Articles and blogs | 8 May 2013 | Mairi Dupar
'History is littered with examples of how public and political opinion reached ‘tipping points’ on defining moral issues of their day, from slavery, to women’s rights, to decolonisation, to human rights, ushering in milestone agreements and dragging implementation...
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Climate finance challenges and responses

Briefing papers | February 2013 | Ari Huhtala, Neil Bird, Ciline Herweijer
This paper summarises the thinking on climate finance among Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) Alliance members and suggests areas for prioritisation and action by the international community.
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Putting climate change on Qatar’s agenda

Articles and blogs | December 2012 | Mairi Dupar
Mairi Dupar reports back from a stimulating debate at the Doha climate change conference about the role of the media in promoting climate-smart development.
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Women and climate change – time to change for good

Briefing papers | November 2012 | Mairi Dupar, Andrew Norton and Philip Lewis
This publication outlines some of the 
initial steps the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) is taking to ensure that development is both climate compatible and fair to women and men.
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How to build consensus in climate change negotiations

Briefing papers | November 2012 | Kristy Buckley, Dan Hamza-Goodacre, Simon Maxwell
This policy brief provides an overview of an event where leading thinkers presented their ideas for increasing the collective global ambition for climate action.
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The need for climate-smart disaster risk reduction

Articles and blogs | 6 November 2012 | Knud Falk, Hina Lotia and Amy Kirbyshire
'Positively, there is considerable appetite for improving and integrating local level disaster risk management and climate change adaptation among stakeholders in Asia. However, despite widespread agreement on what needs to be done to achieve this, the how is a...
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On carbon markets: the 'valley of creation'

Articles and blogs | 31 May 2012 | Ari Huhtala
'Carbon prices are at an all-time low and do not currently stimulate trade that would make a difference. Hundreds of carbon traders are flocking to look for new employment opportunities, hopefully not for good if the business picks up again in the coming years....
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What makes web users tick?

Articles and blogs | 26 May 2012 | Mairi Dupar
'Online knowledge brokers have the habit of making assumptions about what their audience wants, and how web users behave when they arrive at an online portal. At the second annual meeting of the Climate Knowledge Brokers, participants were eager to reach out and...
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Extreme event learning through serious fun

Articles and blogs | 24 May 2012 | Mairi Dupar
'The game...awakened our appetites for appropriate knowledge and decision-making tools. The game showed the power of these methods to raise awareness, and how such climate games could be usefully embedded in a larger programme of engagement, training and technical...
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Changing context for climate knowledge brokers

Articles and blogs | 20 May 2012 | Mairi Dupar
'If you run a climate and development website, what should you be thinking about in the next year? What do your users actually want? These are the hot questions under debate at the Climate Knowledge Brokers’ workshop this weekend in Bonn, Germany.'
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Postcard from Delhi: the lessons of the IPCC SREX report for South Asia

Articles and blogs | May 2012 | Elizabeth Colebourn and Amy Kirbyshire
CDKN’s Elizabeth Colebourn and Amy Kirbyshire report from the New Delhi, India outreach event for the IPCC’s ‘Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation’ (SREX), 2-3 May 2012.
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Climate change litigation: a rising tide?

Articles and blogs | May 2012 | Mairi Dupar
CDKN’s Mairi Dupar reports back from a roundtable exploring climate change litigation, policy and mobilisation in which participants debated the role of the courts in climate change.
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Getting to grips with the water-energy-food ‘nexus’

Articles and blogs | 13 April 2012 | Mairi Dupar and Naomi Oates
'The ‘nexus’ has become a popular buzz word to describe the complex linkages among water, energy and food security – sectors that have traditionally remained fairly separate. Talk of the water-energy-food nexus was a hot topic at the Planet Under Pressure...
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Where does the Green Climate Fund stand now?

Articles and blogs | 12 January 2012 | Simon Maxwell
The Green Climate Fund documentation talks explicitly of funding mitigation and adaptation... However, we have argued consistently in CDKN that a mitigation/adaptation framework is incomplete and misleading, given the scale of change in the global economy that will...
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Green growth: implications for development planning

Toolkits | July 2011 | Lit Ping Low
Contributing to an expanding debate on economics and climate change, CDKN has launched a Guide to green growth. Aimed primarily at national planners and policy advisors in developing countries, this Guide focuses on the role of economic tools in planning for green...
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Defining climate compatible development

Articles and blogs | 24 June 2011 | Mairi Dupar
Are 'adaptation' and 'mitigation' helpful as a policy framework, when policy makers come to grapple with the impact of climate change on people’s lives and livelihoods? Mairi Dupar explores 'climate compatible development' as an approach.
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In conversation with Pierre Dembele, Malifolke Centre

Films and videos | 10 May 2011 | Tristan Stubbs
'Work in Mali demonstrates how renewable energy can support multiple development objectives: providing more affordable energy services to communities, encouraging local business development and income generation, managing national energy demand and reducing...
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CDKN in conversation… with Indi McLymont-Lafayette, PANOS Caribbean

Films and videos | December 2010 | Tristan Stubbs
Tristan Stubbs of CDKN speaks with Indi McLymont-Lafayette, Regional Director, of Community, Media & Environment at PANOS Caribbean. Indi discusses the impacts of climate change in Jamaica and the role of Panos to communicate development issues and the knowledge...
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