The Climate Report 2017/18 - Page 23

relevant trainings at the national and local levels. In
providing upstream technical and advisory services
on climate-smart investment planning for groups of
neighboring countries or to countries working in
the same thematic area (e.g. climate smart
landscapes, ocean economies etc) AFRI-RES
capitalizes on economies of scale to reduce costs.
“resilience dividend” in closing their huge deficit in
infrastructure and infrastructure services? Afri-Res
aims to support Member States and project
developers in Africa towards readiness for the
infrastructure “resilience dividend”, thus
contributing the making the transformation of
Africa’s infrastructure greener – i.e. an approach
that builds quality infrastructure that ensures:
resource efficiency; resilience to natural disasters
(including those arising from climate change and
uncertainty); safety; environmental and social
sustainability; and economic and social
Emergence of technical standards in project
design for adaptation
By developing and disseminating guidelines and
standards at the sectoral level, AFRI-RES will
gradually promote the emergence of technical
standards for decision-making under climate
change (and climate change uncertainty) and reduce
the need for costly consultancies for each and every
project, thus saving time and money. Broadly
accepted standards are particularly important for
transboundary projects (particularly in the water
sector, but also for roads and rail projects).
Converging towards common project design
standard is an integral part of cooperation among
riparian/neighboring countries.
E. Expected benefits of AFRI-RES
There are four main reasons why AFRI-RES could
have transformational impacts on Africa’s
resilience to climate change, and is complementary
to other related initiatives underway in the region.
Closing the gap between climate science and
project design
Several initiatives are underway to strengthen the
quantity and quality of meteorological data in
Africa (e.g. the Hydromet program supported by
World Bank, WMO, AFDB, UNDP, WFP, AFD),
or to strengthen basic science on Africa’s climate e.g. the ACPC’s Climate Research for
Development (CR4D) programme and the DFID
supported initiative “Future Climate for Africa”.
However, there are no single initiative as AFRIRES to harmonize projections of future climate in
Africa, and even more importantly, to convert that
information into practical implications for project
planning and design.
Multiplication of resilience benefits across a
wide range of investment financing.
Generating, disseminating, and ensuring the uptake
of knowledge for climate-resilient project design
will be essential to achieving a paradigm shift
toward climate resilient investment in Africa. As a
knowledge aggregator and broker, AFRI-RES will
help ensure that climate resilient investment
practices are adopted by different financiers active
in Africa, starting from the two financial
institutions that are partnering in developing AFRIRES (i.e. the World Bank and the African
Development Bank), thereby boosting the share of
overall development financing for Africa with
resilience co-benefits.
Cost-effectiveness in developing climate
resilience readiness and supporting project
AFRI-RES will bring down the cost of
strengthening capacity for climate-resilient
investment planning in the region by undertaking
activities that can be delivered more efficiently and
effectively at the regional level or sub-regional
level. Through a training of the trainers approach,
AFRI-RES will help build a network of qualified
practitioners across the region, which would deliver
F. Institutional arrangements and
strategic direction
AFRI-RES is conceived as a partnership between
the World Bank, the Economic Commission for
Africa (ECA), the African Union Commission
(AUC) and the African Development Bank in
response to a request by AUC and ECA for support
See, for example, the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa’s 2015 Infrastructure
Financing Trends in Africa report available at
Infrastructure Financing Trends in Africa report available at


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