The ACDI is a university-wide initiative at the University of Cape Town which supports collaborative research and training in climate change and development.



Friday, 27 March 2020
Negotiating climate change between unequal parties: COP25 from an African perspective

This year’s United Nations climate conference (COP25) underway in Madrid has been overshadowed by social unrest. Chile’s President Sebastian Piñera withdrew from hosting the annual conference following a wave of public demonstrations over economic inequality in his country. Similar protests occurred across the globe throughout 2019, fuelled by public anger over inequality, corruption and economic challenges. The linkages between the world’s inequality and climate change crises have become increasingly visible, as the climate crisis is mainly a battle about redefining winners and losers. Britta Rennkamp explores what this means for African development.

Publication Date:
Thu, 05 Dec 2019 - 08:30
Climate change adaptation: people first

UCT reports on the Adaptation at Scales in Semi-arid Regions project (ASSAR). an international collaborative project co-led by ACDI that investigated the ways people living in semi-arid regions adapt to a changing climate.

Publication Date:
Mon, 02 Dec 2019 - 10:00
What skills do leaders need for transformation and sustainability to be possible?

What skills do leaders need for transformation and sustainability to be possible? This is the question that the ACDI’s Education Portfolio team, made up of Leigh Cobban and Nondumiso Mginywa, asked during a year of reflective and empowering discussions.

Publication Date:
Wed, 20 Nov 2019 - 11:00
Mapping Invasive Alien Trees in strategic water source areas in the Berg and Breede Catchments

Petra Holden and Alanna Rebelo detail how the Socio-Economic Benefits of investing in Ecological Infrastructure (SEBEI) project teamed up with the Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve to map invasive alien trees in the upper Berg-Breede catchments in 2019.

Publication Date:
Tue, 29 Oct 2019 - 08:30