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Foundation drives development in Africa from ‘clean’ perspective

Foundation drives development in Africa from ‘clean’ perspective

Climate change interventions have immense potential to unlock new development pathways on the African continent, which necessitates that climate change be brought to the forefront of development thinking and planning in Africa, says the African Climate Foundation (ACF).

The foundation, during a webinar on June 29, discussed how inequity remains a major threat to Africa’s development pathway – the challenges that Africa faces are different to those experienced on most other continents.

For example, although Africa is suffering increasingly extreme weather events, it has not been responsible for much of the emissions that caused climate change thus far, while it also has to incur higher costs for clean technology amid its industrialisation.
“For African countries and indeed the rest of the developing world, following the traditional route to development, as per the early and late industrialisers, is no longer an option.

“Not only do they have to navigate more restrictive international barriers to production and trade but they also have to deal with the climate change reality,” notes the ACF.

To effectively achieve a just transition in Africa, consideration needs to be given to addressing competing social and economic realities that are at the centre of the continent’s triple challenge - unemployment, inequality and poverty.

Failure to understand the needs of the African context and to address persisting inequity at the social and economic level risks a transition that is not just.

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