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Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

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CDKN supports decision-makers in designing and delivering climate compatible development. We do this by combining research, advisory services and knowledge management to support locally owned and managed policy processes. We work in partnership with decision-makers in the public, private and non-governmental sectors nationally, regionally and globally. We hold strongly to the ideals of human development and environmental sustainability.

We are led by South Africa-based SouthSouthNorth (SSN) and managed by an alliance of organisations comprising SSN, Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano (Ecuador), ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability-South Asia (India) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). 

We strive to deliver the highest quality technical advice, forge uniquely effective partnerships, and drive the latest and best thinking on climate compatible development. Our ODI-based team advises on climate knowledge sharing and policy engagement strategies and manages the CDKN website.

Within the broad scope of climate compatible development, we work across four specific themes:

  • Water-energy-food nexus
  • Climate finance
  • Cities and urban resilience
  • Gender and social inclusion


Andrew Scott, Mairi Dupar

Supported by


  1. Aligning energy development and climate objectives in Nationally Determined Contributions

    Research reports

  2. Budgeting for NDC action: initial lessons from four climate-vulnerable countries

    Working papers

  3. Enhancing climate change development programmes in Uganda

    Working papers

  4. Strengthening disaster risk management in India: a review of five state disaster management plans

    Research reports

  5. 10 things to know: gender equality and achieving climate goals

    Research reports

  6. Mainstreaming climate compatible development

    Book/book chapter

  7. Close to home: subnational strategies for climate compatible development

    Research reports

  8. Targeting Zero Zero: achieving zero extreme poverty on the path to zero net emissions

    Working papers

  9. Climate change litigation: a rising tide?


  10. Green growth: implications for development planning


  11. Improved integrated risk management could help address risks posed by slow-onset processes


  12. The EU and the progressive alliance negotiating in Durban: saving the climate?

    Research reports

  13. How to build consensus in climate change negotiations

    Briefing/policy papers

  14. National adaptation plan guidelines launched for Least Developed Countries


  15. Climate finance challenges and responses

    Briefing/policy papers

  16. Climate and Development Outlook: special edition on negotiations support


  17. Climate and Development Outlook: special edition on low emissions development


  18. Supporting climate negotiations: examining the evidence

    Research reports