The political economy of long-lived decisions in Africa – framework report


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This Framework Report was commissioned to support FCFA research consortia and other stakeholders understand the complex nature of economic decision making on the African continent. The report looks at which long-lived economic decisions are most relevant to influence in order to respond to climate change adaptation imperatives, which institutions and processes exert the greatest influence on long-lived economic decisions, and what is the most appropriate strategy for influencing these institutions and processes.

Furthermore, the report aims to provide insights that can inform the FCFA’s efforts to identify and influence key institutions and entities on the continent with compelling new climate science.  The case studies highlighted in the report were informed by desk-based research and, where possible, previous in-country experience. These case studies explore in detail the key climate adaptation issues, identify the major decision-makers involved, and try to tease out power dynamics and provide insights into who might be the most effective recipient of climate science. However, these case studies may not adequately highlight the nuances of decision-making processes.

As a result of this work, the FCFA expects to gain a clear understanding of the central institutions and processes that shape, and make, long-term economic decisions in Africa. It will also help to build understanding of how institutions access and reflect scientific insights in their decision-making processes. These insights will be used to support the Regional Program Consortiums,  (RPCs), AMMA-2050, FRACTAL, HyCRISTAL and UMFULA, in the development of their own research agendas. In particular, it will be used to help identify opportunities to effectively influence key long-lived economic decisions on the continent.