Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges the world faces today. It affects all aspects of the development agenda, from poverty eradication to health care, to economic growth and disaster risk reduction. Meanwhile, the success of global action on climate change will depend on the development path taken by all countries.

The Climate and Development Outlook – India Special Edition shares news of CDKN’s projects across this diverse and climate-affected country.

Globally, sea levels have risen faster than at any time during the previous two millennia – and the effects are felt in South Asia. Changing patterns of rainfall or melting snow and ice are altering freshwater systems, affecting the quantity and quality of water available in many regions, including South Asia.

The Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) finds, beyond reasonable doubt, that the Earth’s climate is warming. Climate change will have widespread impacts on African society and Africans’ interaction with the natural environment.

This new CDKN case study evaluates how a climate­ mainstreaming programme such as the one implemented in Gorakhpur District might inspire other local governments in a similar position to effectively incorporate climate change considerations into disaster management planning within their districts.

This report, one of CDKN’s Inside stories on climate compatible development, looks at how the city of Ahmedabad in Western India is preparing for the increasingly extreme heat of the city, through an early warning system and heat preparedness plan.

This paper argues that climate change adaptation policies often fail to gain priority status both nationally and locally. While the most severe impacts of climate change are being felt through major disasters, less dramatic events go unnoticed wreaking havoc on local livelihoods.

This document addresses the issue of climate compatible development in the context of rapidly growing cities across the African continent, where two key features are widespread: informality and deeply entrenched inequality.

The Western Province in Sri Lanka is the most urbanised province in the country. Rapid urban growth has posed a number of problems. Ever increasing vehicle traffic and commercial industries have contributed to increased environmental and air pollution.

The newly released Climate and Development Outlook: Bangladesh Special Edition features a range of recent results and learning from CDKN’s programme to strengthen climate resilient development in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is a populous country of 163 million and is extremely poor, with about 30% of its people living on less than a dollar a day.