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Introducing The African Climate Conversation

A boy stands in front of wind turbines at the Ashegoda Wind Farm, near a village in Mekelle
A boy stands in front of wind turbines at the Ashegoda Wind Farm, near a village in Mekelle, Tigray, 780 km (485 miles) north of Addis Ababa October 25, 2013. Africa's biggest wind farm began production in Ethiopia on Saturday, aiding efforts to diversify electricity generation from hydropower plants and help the country become a major regional exporter of energy. Picture taken October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Kumerra Gemechu

Changing minds is going to require some collective action - and African perspectives for too long have been absent from the great debate over the future of our planet. With the COP27 held in Egypt 6 -18 November, that has to change.

To help catalyse the conversations over green justice, energy, and safeguarding of future generations affected by climate change, British International Investment (BII), the UK’s development finance institution and impact investor, is launching an online advocacy platform, The African Climate Conversation, with which The Africa Report is proud to partner.

The platform will bring together leading African voices to explore, evaluate and debate the greatest challenge facing the continent. It showcases the work of pioneering business leaders and entrepreneurs who are developing and scaling new models for climate-smart development – from energy to food security, infrastructure to affordable housing.

“There is no development of Africa without power” – Mo Ibrahim

The African Climate Conversation contributors highlight the leadership role the continent is playing in certain areas of climate mitigation and adaptation and shine a light on the quality of climate innovation in Africa.

“Our rapidly expanding portfolio of climate-related investments in Africa is a reflection of the scale and quality of climate innovation across the continent”, says Nick O’Donohoe, Chief Executive of British International Investment. “Through The African Climate Conversation, we want to draw global attention to the expertise and knowledge being applied by African scientists, academics, entrepreneurs and civil society to solve the climate challenge with imagination and urgency.”

By exploring the nuance and complexity inherent in both climate emergency challenges and potential solutions, the platform aims to make a meaningful contribution to the single greatest issue facing Africa and the rest of the world.

Africa needs to stick to renewables despite the temptation of gas 

The Africa Report will be taking highlights from The African Climate Conversation, and will co-host a webinar during the COP27 kickoff – stay tuned for details!

Key contributors to the platform will include:

  • Antonio Maria Afonso Pedro (Acting Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa)
  • Antony Okon Nyong (Senior Director Africa, Global Center on Adaptation)
  • Anzetse Were (Development Economist and Senior Economist at FSD Kenya)
  • H.E. Wamkele Mene (Secretary-General, African Continental Free Trade Area Secretariat)
  • Ineza Umuhoza Grace (Eco-feminist, CEO, Green Fighter and co-founder, Loss and Damage Youth Coalition)
  • James Mwangi (Founder, Climate Action Platform for Africa and Executive Director,  Dalberg Group)
  • Mo Ibrahim (Founder and Chair, Mo Ibrahim Foundation)
  • Oscar Njuguna (Acting CEO, Nairobi International Financial Centre)
  • Professor Carlos Lopes (Development Economist)
  • Tshepidi Moremong (Chief Operating Officer, Africa50)

To visit The African Climate Conversation, please head to: www.bii.co.uk/african-climate-conversation

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