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


July 8, 2016

New funded PhD post for African scientists

The Peter Carpenter African Climate Scholarship PhD studentship in climate science for African scientists at the University of Sussex The University of Sussex invites applications for two fully funded PhD scholarships for research into African climate science. The Peter Carpenter African Climate Scholarship is open to citizens of African countries only. The start date is […]


June 23, 2016

EVENT: How can Africa finance LEDS and NDCs implementation?

Given the outcome of COP21 in Paris which necessitates a focus on implementation of climate action, the theme of this year’s workshop will be ‘How can Africa finance LEDS and NDCs implementation?’ focussing on the two priority topics of the platform for this year: Financing LEDS/NDCs and planning and implementing energy LEDS. Read the LEDS Annual event 2016_Agenda


June 7, 2016

WATCH: Building the adaptation case in Africa

CDKN Africa hosted to a gathering of key players working in the adaptation space in Africa late last year. The object of the meeting was to develop ideas for CDKN Africa to assist African government partners to develop approaches to adapting to a changing climate. Watch this animated report of the key ideas from the workshop. […]

Adaptation Fund SA

June 1, 2016

Adaptation Fund Helping Countries Build Adaptation Capacity through Direct Access and Flexible Finance

As part of the international effort to accelerate implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement and propel the discussion forward, the Adaptation Fund held two key events during the ongoing SB44 Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany this week.