Welcome to UCT's African Climate and Development Initiative

The ACDI was established by the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2011 as a cross-university strategic initiative to bring together the expertise needed to address the wide range of climatic and developmental challenges threatening Africa’s well-being. Uniquely, the ACDI merges climate change with development issues, and brings together UCT’s breadth and depth of relevant research and teaching to foster interdisciplinary approaches to the complex issues at the nexus of climate change and development.


The ACDI’s vision is to contribute to a developing world that has transitioned to a low-carbon economy and is resilient to the adverse impacts of climate change, through supporting the effective management of climate change and its related challenges.


In support of its vision, the ACDI’s objectives are:

  • To increase scientific knowledge and understanding on climate change and development
  • To educate and train new generations of researchers and practitioners
  • To increase awareness and promote better informed decision-making about climate change and development

Read more about the ACDI structure and activities.