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


October 21, 2016

CDKN launches NDC quick-start guide

The Paris Agreement enters into force on 4 November 2016, and now all eyes turn to implementing the national climate commitments: the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Responding to this challenge, CDKN has developed a ‘Quick-Start Guide’ to support planning for NDC implementation.  The new guide addresses this process specifically for developing countries, taking into account […]


October 21, 2016

SSN and CDKN at Habitat III

Charlotte Scott attended Habitat III with the CDKN team to present on how a regional development agency is generating green jobs in Cape Town. Follow all the action at Habitat III here.  


September 21, 2016

Request to participate in a survey on integration of climate change

Participate in a survey to help us better understand the demand for knowledge services related to the integration of climate variability and change in the planning and design of investment in Africa, with particular emphasis on long-lived infrastructure. Follow survey here.

Clean Development Mechanism project in Cape Town, South Africa

September 6, 2016

SSN comments on carbon offset regulations

SSN recently commented on the draft regulations for Carbon Offsets. Read SSN’s comment, drawing on lessons from the Kuyasa CDM Gold Standard Project, which focused on thermal and energy efficiency in RDP housing. SSN Comments on Draft Policy