About SSN

We assist governments, the private sector and research institutions in understanding the economic, social and environmental choices that climate change presents. We collaborate extensively with partners who share our vision of sustainable development.

We capture and share lessons as they emerge, to contribute to global knowledge on achieving climate-compatible development in practice. SSN is a non-profit organisation operating from Cape Town, South Africa.

Latest News


August 12, 2014

EVENT: Outreach on the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report in Ethiopia and Uganda

CDKN is collaborating with the Governments of Ethiopia and Uganda to bring the key messages of the Fifth Assessment Report to audiences at two events in August. Carl Wesselink, CDKN regional director: Africa, will be presenting at both events along with IPCC authors.


August 5, 2014

Operationalising an equity reference framework in the climate change regime

From the MAPS’ desk: This paper identifies legal, architectural and technical options for operationalising the  equity reference framework (ERF). This framework is increasingly being proposed as a means to address the imperatives of effectiveness and equity in the 2015 agreement. The full paper can be read here. 


July 31, 2014

Africa AR5 Toolkit

The IPCC has produced the most comprehensive assessment of climate change ever. The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), is the work of 830 expert authors from 85 countries and its first three volumes already stretch to 5,000+ pages. Now, the Climate and Development Knowledge Network and the Overseas Development Institute have released a succinct guide to […]


July 31, 2014

Future Climate for Africa (FCFA)

Future Climate for Africa (FCFA), is a new five-year international research programme jointly funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The Programme will support research to better understand climate variability and change across sub-Saharan Africa. FCFA is a new SouthSouthNorth Programme, affiliated to CDKN.