Rationale and Thematic Area: Climate and Development
Africa’s existing socioeconomic development challenges will be greatly compounded under climate change.
The fundamental twin challenge is to enable development that is (i) resilient to existing and expected climate risks and impacts, and (ii) low carbon, avoiding substantial African contributions to the amount of global warming in the future: this challenge has been variously termed “climate compatible development” of “climate resilient, low carbon development”.
All three founding universities have established centres or programmes within which the ARUA CoE will be hosted:
- The African Climate and Development Initiative at UCT
- The Institute for Climate Change Adaptation at the University of Nairobi
- The Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies at University of Ghana