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.

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August 29, 2014

Young scientists tackle AR5 in Uganda

SSN’s Carl Wesselink, Simbisai Zhanje and Claire Mathieson attended the IPCC AR5 Outreach event: What’s in it for Uganda’s Development? held in Kampala in August. A follow-up event was held at Kampala’s Makarere University where young scientists were able to engage the IPCC authors and CDKN.


August 26, 2014

Ethiopia grapples with AR5

SSN’s Carl Wesselink, Simbisai Zhanje and Claire Mathieson represented CDKN at the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Outreach event in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where government representatives, civil society and AR5 authors discussed “What’s in it for Ethiopia”.


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 […]