Climate Change and Development Conferences (CCDA)

An annual Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA) conference is the flagship event of ClimDev-Africa. It provides a forum where stakeholders such as NGOs and CSOs from across the continent engage on climate change issues. The event is in recognition that the end users of ClimDev-Africa results are rural and urban communities whose livelihoods, health and security are affected by climate change.
Since the original proposals put forward in Addis Ababa in April 2006, discussions have taken place with a variety of stakeholders around the functioning of ClimDev-Africa.  In order to ensure that linkages with all relevant stakeholders are maintained, the annual conference takes place to:
  • Act as a forum for consultations around the operation of ClimDev-Africa;
  • Provide opportunities to exchange information and learning in relation to the operation of ClimDev-Africa and similar or related activities;
  • Build coherence of ClimDev-Africa with other activities; and,
  • Enable stakeholders to make representations to the CDSC as required. 
Participants from the following broad categories are invited to the Conference:
  • National public/state/governmental institutions from across Africa;
  • RECs, RBOs and Regional Climate Institutions;
  • Civil Society Organisations and Non-governmental Organisations from across Africa;
  • Bilateral donors;
  • Multilateral organisations;
  • International NGOs;
  • Private sector organisations;
  • Researchers and technical experts;
  • Farmer, herder and fisherman representatives; and,
  • Any others they see fit.
CCDA has grown in its reach and influence across the continent. The first CCDA event in 2011 attracted over 600 participants and the second attracted 300 participants. In 2013, CCDA-III was attended by over 600 participants where rich and stimulating proceedings took place. More than 62 presentations were made in the break-out sessions, from which the ClimDev-Africa secretariat selected 35 original papers for possible publication.
CCDA has been a unique forum that brings together researchers, practitioners and policy makers. Participants have deliberated on sub-themes that include climate science, policy formulation, sustainable energy, climate finance, climate change negotiations as well as delving into the gender perspective.

CCDA Conferences


First Annual Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa

Development First: Addressing Climate Change in Africa

17-19, October 2011.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

United Nations Conference Center

The CCDA-I had four sub-themes:

  • Climate Science, Data Information and Service Delivery
  • Climate Resilient Development and Adaptation
  • Climate Resilient and Low Carbon Development in Africa
  • Economics and Finance of Climate Change


Second Annual Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa

Advancing Knowledge, Policy and Practice on Climate Change and Development

19-20, October 2012

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

United Nations Conference Centre

The CCDA-II had four sub-themes:

  • Climate Service Delivery for Development
  • Sustainable Energy Access for All Africans by 2030
  • Outstanding Issues in Climate Negotiations: Relevance for Africa


Third Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa


Africa on the Rise: Can the Opportunities from Climate Change Spring the Continent to Transformative Development?

21-23, October 2013

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

United Nations Conference Center

The CCDA-III had five sub-themes:

  • Climate science, data and service for Africa’s adaptation and mitigation
  • The role of policy in building Africa’s resilience to climate change impacts
  • Climate Finance: What are the unexplored options?
  • Green economy: Which way for Africa?
  • Is the global climate change framework working for Africa?


Fourth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa

Africa Can Feed Africa now: Translating Climate Knowledge into Action

8-10, October 2014

Marrakech, Morocco

The CCDA-IV had Five sub-themes:

  • Climate data for food security
  • Agriculture opportunities for renewable energy development
  • Climate finance and investment for agricultural transformation
  • Innovation, technology transfer and deployment to enhance agriculture transformation in a changing climate.
  • Transformation towards a green economy and low-carbon development as Africa feeds itself


Fifth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa

Africa, Climate Change and Sustainable Development: What is at stake at Paris and beyond?

28-30, October 2015

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The CCDA-IV had Three sub-themes:

  • Global governance of Climate Change
  • Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Africa
  • The State and Africa’s Prospects for Sustainable Development under Climate Change


Sixth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa

The Paris Agreement: What next for Africa?

17-20, October 2016

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The CCDA-VI had Four sub-themes:

  • Unpacking the Paris Agreement and emerging challenges and opportunities for Africa
  • Integration of the Paris Agreement into Africa’s Development agenda and other global governance frameworks
  • African initiatives in support of the implantation of the agreement
  • Linkages between climate change and migration