Floods, droughts and rising sea levels are just some of the environmental impacts of climate change on Sub Saharan Africa. The World Bank's climate strategy aims to help countries lessen these impacts and their effect on economic development. Read More »
Climate change will have serious and adverse consequences for many development sectors in Africa, and threatens the economies and livelihoods of many African countries.
Future World Bank operations in West, East, and Southern Africa will increase their focus on assessing long-term water supply and reliability.
Analytical work — focused on analyzing adaptation options through local institutions, and conducting vulnerability assessments with particular attention to migration, youth issues, and indigenous peoples — is already underway in some parts of West and East Africa.
African countries should focus on investing in research and advisory services to develop and disseminate adaptation options, and scaling-up investments that build resiliency.
Because of pervasive and widespread use, solid biomass (wood fuel, charcoal, and crop residue) will continue to be an important source of energy in Africa over the next 30 years, while biofuels will see some moderate increase.
While promoting low carbon growth in middle income countries (e.g., South Africa and Botswana), the World Bank’s focus in other countries will be on expanding generation capacity and regional trade (through the East, West, and Southern Africa Power Pools), investing in geothermal (in East Africa), promoting gas flaring reduction (in West Africa), and supporting off-grid renewable energy in several other countries.
The World Bank will call for support across the Africa to build capacity to manage hydrologic risk through institutional strengthening and information and knowledge development.
The World Bank supports initiatives in West, East, and Southern East Africa to manage coastal areas for sea level rise and sustainable fisheries.
The World Bank supports a region-wide review of transport standards to account for a shift in the frequency and magnitude of extreme events such as floods.
In areas where disease vectors could increase, the main focus will be on raising awareness, information sharing among health and climate agencies, and promoting investment in vector control and surveillance programs, with a special focus on malaria in West Africa and the Horn of Africa.
International Development Assistance (IDA) financing will remain the main platform for integrating climate resilience into African countries’ development strategies.