“We talk about integrating Africa. We cannot integrate countries that are fragile, we can only integrate countries that are secured.”– Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank
Busan, Korea, May 23, 2018 – The President of African Development Bank, Akinwumi A. Adesina, and the Bank’s Board of Governors held a high-level session on “Climate and Disaster Risk Financing” focusing on the Role of the African Risk Capacity (ARC) and the Africa Disaster Risk Financing Program (ADRiFi) on Wednesday in Busan, Korea.
New study: The climate change inequality at the heart of the Commonwealth
Estelle Rouhaud of the Future Climate for Africa’s UMFULA project says that ‘co-production’ of climate knowledge sounds like a wonderful aspiration, but is far from easy to achieve in practice.
Climate change is emerging as a potent driver of internal migration. The report Groundswell: Preparing for Internal Climate Migration (2018) projects that, by 2050, without concrete climate and development action, just over 143 million people—or around three percent of the population across Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and South Asia—could be forced to move within their own countries to escape the slow-onset impacts of climate change.
Date: Friday, March 16, 2018
As rural communities in Africa toil with the impact of climate change, enhancing the economic empowerment of women farmers through climate-smart agriculture is becoming critical, said local actors from Mali and Malawi at a side event co-organized by UN Women on 14 March at the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62).
ARC is a pioneering initiative seeking to build resilience to climate risks across Africa by combining sovereign risk insurance with strengthening of disaster risk management (DRM) systems and frameworks. Findings from a formative evaluation of ARC have recently been published and provide important insights and lessons pertinent to the global conversation on climate risk insurance and, more generally, on building the resilience of countries and vulnerable populations. The evaluation was commissioned by DFID and undertaken by OPM.
This activity report summarizes activities of Result Area 5, also known as the Africa Disaster Risk Financing (ADRF) Initiative—referred to as the “ADRF Initiative,” the “Initiative” or “R5”—from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. The report gives an overview of the achievements to date and identifies upcoming priorities and challenges.
The bulk of Southern African Development Community (SADC) is likely to receive normal to above-normal rainfall for most of the period January to May 2018. However, the extreme western part of Angola, Namibia, south-western part of South Africa, extreme northwest of DRC and eastern Madagascar are more likely to receive normal to below-normal rainfall for some of the seasons.
THE TWENTY FIRST ANNUAL SOUTHERN AFRICA REGIONAL CLIMATE OUTLOOK FORUM MID-SEASON REVIEW AND UPDATE
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Southern Africa continues to recover from the 2015/2016 El Niño-induced drought, which by January 2017 had affected about 41 million people across the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)1. The substantial government- and SADC-led response, supported by $900 million from the international humanitarian community2, empowered farmers to take advantage of a good 2016/2017 rainfall season, delivering an April 2017 cereal harvest 3 per cent above the 5-year average.
“We are in danger of ending life as we know it on our planet” Islamic Declaration on Climate Change
A first atlas on rural migration in sub-Saharan Africa
Development of rural areas can shape the future of migration
2 November, Rome – A first atlas to offer a better understanding of complex rural migration patterns in sub-Saharan Africa has been published today.
The atlas - Rural Africa in motion. Dynamics and drivers of migration south of the Sahara - also highlights the important role rural areas will continue to play in shaping the continent’s migration for decades to come.
By Idriss Jazairy, Executive Director of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue
Food from healthy farms makes healthy people - New IFAD report
Rome, 10 October 2017 – Investing in climate-resilient agriculture not only improves food security but contributes to eradicating malnutrition, according to the findings of a new report from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
4 October 2017, Lilongwe - The Government of Malawi, through the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) and with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has officially launched a new project to scale up the use of modernized early warning systems and climate information across 21 of the country’s 28 districts.
In this issue
- Special Focus – UN General Assembly
The Peace and Security Council (PSC) is set to meet on the margins of the upcoming General Assembly in New York to talk about South Sudan.
With full UN support, the African Union’s commitment to curbing arms trafficking can become a sustainable solution.
Heads of state are asked to insist on international solidarity for disasters caused by climate change in Africa during the General Debate at the UN later this month.
- Addis Insight
The AU’s initiative to help affected countries looks promising, but needs global backing.
11 SEP 2017 / BY LIESL LOUW-VAUDRAN
The African Union (AU) has developed an insurance mechanism to help member countries in the case of extreme weather conditions and natural disasters caused by climate change. As with many AU initiatives, the African Risk Capacity (ARC) is still poorly supported by member states, but this could change with added backing from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and others.
The bulk of Southern African Development Community (SADC) is likely to receive normal to below-normal rainfall for most of the period October to December (OND) 2017 and normal to above-normal rainfall for the January to March (JFM) 2018. However, northernmost Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), northern Tanzania, the islands states, eastern-most Madagascar and the south-eastern contiguous SADC region are likely to receive normal to above-normal rainfall throughout the 2017/18 rainy season.
Girls’ education and climate change are currently two of the most topical global issues in the development arena. Due to a myriad of limiting factors, more girls around the world are falling through the cracks in terms of their educational access, retention, and learning. At the same time, many countries and regions are facing more frequent and more intense climate-related extreme weather events such as heat waves, floods and droughts.