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

New Climate

September 17, 2014

Economic growth and action on climate change can now be achieved together, finds Global Commission

A major new report released by a commission of global leaders finds that governments and businesses can now improve economic growth and reduce their carbon emissions together. Rapid technological innovation and new investment in infrastructure are making it possible to tackle climate change while improving economic performance. Read more about the New Climate Economy


September 9, 2014

Opportunity: CDKN Climate Compatible Development Impact Research Fund

CDKN is pleased to launch the Climate compatible development Impact Research Fund (CIRF) which aims to fill priority research gaps and address key questions relating to climate compatible development, across four thematic areas. Deadline for submitting Expression of Interest documentation: 26 September 2014, 12:00pm 

University students

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”.