Sub-Saharan Africa is particularly vulnerable to climate change because of its dependence on natural resources, high levels of poverty and weak infrastructure. The World Bank and African Development Bank are working jointly to develop a strategy to fight climate change in Africa. From May to June 2008, the two Banks organized four climate change consultations to present their draft climate change strategies, and to seek feedback from diverse stakeholders representing the public and private sector and civil society. The consultations resulted in excellent feedback, which is being incorporated in strategy development. The World Bank recognizes climate change as a core development issue rather than just an environmental problem.
The consultations were held as follows and the summary report of each consultation is now available online (posted Sep 16, 2008). For an executive summary of all three consultations, click here.
- Tunis, Tunisia on May 9, 2008 at African Development Bank: Summary (posted Oct 22, 2008)
- Pretoria, South Africa on May 26, 2008 at the Development Bank of South Africa: Agenda | Summary(posted September 16, 2008)
- Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on May 31, 2008 hosted by the Government of Ethiopia and held at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa: Agenda | Summary
- Dakar, Senegal on June 4, 2008, hosted by the Government of Senegal, and to be held at the Hotel Meridien Le President: Agenda | Summary
As part of the strategy "Making Development Climate Resilient: A World Bank Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa," the World Bank is also preparing "Country Notes" detailing issues and recommendations at the country level. This is work in progress, and the following "Country Notes" are now available:Background
Making Development Climate Resilient: A World Bank Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa fits under the World Bank Group's Strategic Framework on Climate Change and Development (SFCCD). The draft SFCCD Concept and Issues Paper was presented at global consultations involving various stakeholders. Please click here to view the paper and comments received.