All pages with keywords: africa

The current and future climate of central and southern Africa: What we have learnt and what it means for decision-making in Malawi and Tanzania

a policy publication 7 October, 2019

This brief summarises the main lessons from four years of the UMFULA project – led by the Grantham Research Institute, UMFULA has addressed questions of climate science, climate impacts and decision-making processes for adaptation in central and southern Africa, with focuses on Malawi and Tanzania. read more »


Cities, climate change and chronic heat exposure

Cities, climate change and chronic heat exposure

a policy publication by Patrick Curran, Christian Siderius, Tanya Singh 6 September, 2019

Climate change will lead to increases in the occurrence of chronic heat exposure over longer durations and there is an urgent need to focus on managing the risks this poses, as well as the immediate risks from shorter-lived heat events. This policy brief looks at the problem with a focus on developing and emerging economies, and provides recommendations for action by government, utilities, property developers and investors, development support and finance organisations. read more »


Successful adaptation to climate change needs new blends of research approaches

Successful adaptation to climate change needs new blends of research approaches

a commentary by Declan Conway, Patrick Curran 17 June, 2019

Declan Conway and Patrick Curran use recent findings from research into different risk assessment approaches and adaptation planning in climate change ‘hotspots’ in Africa and Asia to show the value of hybrid methods for creating more sustainable adaptation strategies. read more »


Cyclone Idai’s devastating impacts highlight the importance of overseas aid from rich to poor countries

a commentary by Bob Ward 22 March, 2019

Bob Ward argues that the disastrous effects Cyclone Idai on Mozambique has shown the crucial importance of rich countries providing financial support to poor countries, to help them become more resilient to extreme weather and to adapt to climate change. read more »


Policy coherence for sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa

Policy coherence for sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa

a policy publication by Patrick Curran, Andrew J. Dougill, Joanna Pardoe, Katharine Vincent 1 August, 2018

Coherent, cross-sectoral approaches to policy development are essential to meeting the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals. Drawing on research from southern Africa, this brief makes recommendations for improving coherence, which is currently partial to weak across the region. read more »


Hydrological Response and Complex Impact Pathways of the 2015/2016 El Niño in Eastern and Southern Africa

Hydrological Response and Complex Impact Pathways of the 2015/2016 El Niño in Eastern and Southern Africa

a research article by Christian Siderius, Kate Elizabeth Gannon, M Ndiyoi, A Opere, N Batisani, D Olago, Joanna Pardoe, Declan Conway 5 January, 2018

The 2015/2016 El Niño was one of the three most severe on record. El Niño is commonly linked to droughts in southern Africa and extreme rainfall in eastern Africa but … read more »


Evolving discourses on water resource management and climate change in the Equatorial Nile Basin

Evolving discourses on water resource management and climate change in the Equatorial Nile Basin

a research article by Declan Conway 12 March, 2017

Transboundary water resources management in the Equatorial Nile Basin (EQNB) is a politically contested issue. There is a growing body of literature examining water-related discourses which identifies the ability … read more »


How can Africa’s SMEs become more resilient to climatic disruption?

How can Africa’s SMEs become more resilient to climatic disruption?

a commentary by Christian Siderius, Declan Conway, Joanna Pardoe 14 October, 2016

A new Grantham Research Institute project is exploring the impact of El Niño and La Niña events on small-and medium-sized enterprises in Africa. read more »


Fans of fossil fuels offer Africa an unfair choice

a commentary by Bob Ward 4 February, 2016

A handful of campaigners who promote the use of fossil fuels are using newspaper articles to offer a deeply unfair choice to people living in the poorest countries of the … read more »


Coping with climate risk: the role of institutions, governance and finance in private adaptation decisions of the poor

a working paper by Tom McDermott, David Castells-Quintana, Maria del Pilar Lopez-Uribe 20 July, 2015

This paper looks at adaptation from the point of view of households. It asks how political and economic institutions may help or hinder adaptation decisions. read more »