Embracing uncertainty without abandoning planning

Ward Rauws

The uncertainties that are part of the development trajectories of cities challenge spatial planners in designing productive interventions. This paper explores how complexity theory can support planners in dealing with these uncertainties intelligently. It presents a dynamic, time-sensitive understanding of…

FONERWA Climate risk screening tool

Julio Araujo, Nkulumo Zinyengere and Zablone Owiti

Rwanda’s Green Fund, FONERWA, is at the forefront of investing in agricultural projects and continues to address climate change issues through adaptation and mitigation projects. In order to ensure that investments have a long legacy and are appropriately aligned with…

FCFA Mid-Term Conference Report

Jean-Pierre Roux, Zablone Owiti, Sultana Mapker, Julio Araujo, Nkulumo Zinyengere and Kristen Kennedy

The FCFA mid-term conference took place in Cape Town from 4th to 7th September 2017. This report presents an overview of the conference activities. It includes brief session reports for all conference sessions, summaries of key outcomes, and progress on FCFA…

Scientific capacity development in climate change related disciplines: Analysis of barriers, opportunities and good practice in Africa

Leigh Cobban, Mark New, Michael Baudoin, Anna Steynor, Katinka Waagsaether, Chris Jack, Julius Kamau, Sarah Correy, Robert Ochieng, Heila Lotz-Sisiska, Cherie Forbes, Jean-Pierre Roux, Jon Padgham, Katie Dietrich, Sarah Schweizer, Abby Gwaltney

This study investigated the needs and experiences of African researchers working in climate change-related disciplines. It focused largely on early career researchers based at African institutions (largely universities and national and regional research institutions) who have received support from international…

Report: The political economy of long-lived decisions in Africa

Guy Pegram, Daniel Seddon-Daines, Shravya Reddy, Nura Sulieman and Hannah Baletta

This framework report has been commissioned to help the RCs and other stakeholders understand the complex nature of economic decision-making on the continent. The report is not an attempt to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the political economy of decisionmaking…

Urban groundwater quality in sub-Saharan Africa: current status and implications for water security and public health

D. J. Lapworth, D. C. W. Nkhuwa, J. Okotto-Okotto, S. Pedley, M. E. Stuart, M. N. Tijani & J. Wright

Groundwater resources are important sources of drinking water in Africa, and they are hugely important in sustaining urban livelihoods and supporting a diverse range of commercial and agricultural activities. Groundwater has an important role in improving health in sub-Saharan Africa…

Future Climate for Africa - Brochure (English)


The Future Climate For Africa Programme presents two major opportunities to: Generate fundamentally new climate science focused on Africa, and Ensure that this science has an impact on human development across the continent. FCFA is a £20 million (US$30 million)…

Future Climate For Africa - Brochure (Français)


Le programme Future Climate For Africa (FCFA) présente deux opportunités considérables: créer des données scientifiques fondamentalement nouvelles relatives au climate qui sont axées sur l'Afrique, et veiller à ce que ces données scientifiques aient un impact sur le développement humain dans l'ensemble du continent.

Future Climate For Africa - Folheto (Portuguēs)


O Programa Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) oferece duas grandes oportunidades: criar uma nova ciência do clima que visa fundamentalmente África e assegurar que esta ciência tem um impacto no desenvolvimento humano de todo o continente.

Dependency of crop production between global breadbaskets: A copula approach for the assessment of global and regional risk pools

Franziska Gaupp, Georg Pflug, Stefan Hochrainer‐Stigler, Jim Hall and Simon Dadson

As recent events have shown, simultaneous crop losses in different parts of the world can cause serious risks to global food security. However, to date, little is known about the spatial dependency of lower than expected crop yields from global…