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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

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