The Climate Report 2017/18 - Page 42



Promoting Climate Information Services for Africa’s Development Agenda
The ClimDev-Africa Programme: An African response to climate change
Introduction
The gaps in observational records of past, current
and future climate variations constitute major
obstacles to climate information and services to
address Africa’s short-to-long terms development
challenges. This situation was recognized by African
leaders and development partners. It resulted in the
establishment of the Climate for Development in
Africa (ClimDev-Africa) programme to improve the
provision and use of climate information to support
sustainable development planning in Africa, framed
by the theory of change presented in Figure 1 below.
The Paris Agreement on climate change reached in
December 2015 was a triumph for multilateralism as
196 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on
Climate Change united and committed through
Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The
NDCs are essential instruments to trigger global
action in order to limit the increase in the global
average temperature this century to “well below 2
°C above pre-industrial levels” and to pursue efforts
towards “limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C
above pre-industrial levels”.
Figure 1: The theory of change framework for the ClimDev-Africa programme
The ClimDev-Africa initiative is a joint programme
of the African Union Commission (AUC), the
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
(ECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).
ClimDev-Africa is mandated at the highest level by
African Heads of State and Government to enable
better planning and a preemptive response to the
impacts of climate change through observation
infrastructure that will hone the predictive
capabilities of decision makers, and build a solid
foundation for Africa’s response to climate change
impacts. The programme brings to bear the
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