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


May 4, 2016

Leading roles for women– Secret to effective climate action after Paris summit

Lip service is often paid to “gender perspectives” when it comes to climate and development issues, as this term has simply become part of the debate. In the aftermath of the Paris climate agreement, a new report shows how including women’s views and needs in climate change responses and development initiatives is not only more just, but also more […]


April 15, 2016

Watch inspiring Libélula video

Watch the short film on the work Libélula, our MAPS partner in Peru, undertakes. Libélula works closely with a wide range of public and private actors, identifying risks and opportunities addressing climate change to promote and build sustainable actions at all levels, for a low-carbon future, efficient use of resources, and resilient to changes in the climate. […]


April 6, 2016

FCFA event on urban governance

The Future Climate for Africa programme together with the Future Resilience for African Cities and Lands (FRACTAL) research team invite you to a public event: Understanding Urban Governance: Entry Points for Climate Science.  The event will take place on Friday, April 15, 2016; 1400: – 16:00 (SA) 12:00-14:00 (GMT),  Park Inn Radison, Newlands, Cape Town In person and livestreamed […]


January 22, 2016

New FCFA introductory video

Watch the video introduction to the Future Climate For Africa (FCFA) programme, which seeks to help improve scientific understanding of how the African climate is changing and equip decision-makers with the right information for long-term decision making.