ECDPM wants to contribute to ambitious, fair and effective climate action; explore the European and African politics of green transition and renewable energy deployment; and support the move to sustainable and resilient food systems.

Major changes in global climate action and our food systems are urgently needed to attenuate the worst consequences of the climate crisis and food shortages, while addressing structural inequalities in energy and food access. 

Our research on climate, energy and food includes the role of climate in Africa-Europe relations and international cooperation, transboundary climate impacts, energy transition, the governance of food systems, climate adaptation and resilience, and the links between climate change and gender.

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Commentary
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Food systems at COP27: Not enough money, but plenty of energy
Podcast
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ECDPM Talks on: COP27 Episode 5
Podcast
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ECDPM Talks on: COP27 Episode 3
Paper
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The EU's capacity for crisis response: A look at the 2022 food crisis
Commentary
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COP27 can do more for women bearing the brunt of climate change and conflict
Commentary
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Debt reform for climate action: Demand grows louder, but will Europe respond?
Brief
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Investing in sustainable food systems: A methodology and lessons learned from Africa
Podcast
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ECDPM Talks on: COP27 Episode 2
Dossier
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ECDPM at COP27
Brief
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European responses to transboundary climate impacts and insecurity
Commentary
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Will COP27 be a breakthrough in addressing climate-related mobility?
Podcast
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ECDPM Talks on: COP27
Commentary
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A reality check for Europe-Africa climate diplomacy
Commentary
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Managing water, energy and food security in times of geopolitical turmoil
Brief
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Climate risk mispricing: Why better assessments matter in financing for development
Article
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Climate and food: Two crises that need to be solved together
Commentary
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How to feed Africa’s growing population: Lessons from India’s Green Revolution
Brief
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The European Green Deal and the war in Ukraine: Addressing crises in the short and long term
Commentary
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What it would take to provide structural solutions to food insecurity in Africa
Paper
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The effects of major economies’ policies on climate action, food security and water in developing countries
Brief
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Supporting adaptation in African agriculture – A policy shift since the EU Green Deal?
Commentary
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Russia’s war against Ukraine should trigger structural solutions to food insecurity
Paper
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Promoting a global green transition following the Russian invasion of Ukraine – The external dimensions of the European Green Deal
Brief
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Tackling sovereign debt for effective climate action: Towards a European agenda
Paper
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Green transition in Africa: Implications for Sweden and the EU
Commentary
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Russia’s invasion leaves North Africa with a food crisis – What can Europe do?
Commentary
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What the EU’s plans to phase out Russian gas mean for Europe and Africa
Commentary
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After the EU-AU Summit: Inching towards just transition in Africa
Commentary
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Africa’s Year of Nutrition: Time for paper tigers to start biting
Paper
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The geopolitics of African renewable energy: European and Chinese investments in a global green transition
Brief
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Looking back at the 5th European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA 2021)
Paper
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Climate resilience in cities of the EU’s southern neighbourhood: Opportunities for the EU Green Deal
Brief
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A greener Europe at the expense of Africa? Why the EU must address the external implications of the Farm to Fork Strategy
Paper
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Supporting transboundary water cooperation: Learning from water-stressed basins in West Africa
Paper
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EU support to economic reform in Mauritius: Promoting social inclusion and renewable energy
Brief
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The EIB Group Climate Bank Roadmap 2021-2025: What does it mean for developing countries?
Great Insights magazine
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The limits of the UNFCCC and the need for domestic adaptation action
Great Insights magazine
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Conversation between multiple scales and actors as a premise for successful adaptation
Great Insights magazine
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Climate banks can spur a green transition in this make-or-break decade
Great Insights magazine
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The key to effective climate adaptation in Africa
Brief
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An adaptive and context-driven approach to the water, energy and food nexus
Great Insights magazine
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Financing the EU Green Deal: Putting Africa and adaptation higher on the agenda
Great Insights magazine
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Here's how to accelerate investments in renewables with Africa
Great Insights magazine
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An expert view on green transition in Africa
Great Insights magazine
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COP26 and beyond: It’s choice, not chance – Editorial
Great Insights magazine
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Good governance as the key to effective adaptation
Great Insights magazine
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Solving adaptation is solving vulnerability
Great Insights magazine
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Ensuring that the green transition and a just transition go hand in hand
Great Insights magazine
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Transforming food systems: How easy is it?
Great Insights magazine
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With the right investments, we can transform food systems
Brief
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Climate change and resilience in the Central Sahel
Paper
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Climate risks in Tunisia: Challenges to adaptation in the agri-food system
Paper
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Climate change and security in North Africa
Podcast
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Climate Adaptation Talks episode 5: Kitty van der Heijden
Podcast
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Climate Adaptations Talks episode 4: Cinzia Losenno
Corporate document
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External Evaluation of ECDPM 2016-2020
Podcast
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Climate Adaptation Talks episode 3: Caroline Mwongera
Podcast
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Climate Adaptation Talks épisode 2: Ibrahima Fofana
Podcast
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Climate Adaptations Talks episode 1: Professor Saleemul Huq
Corporate document
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ECDPM Annual Report 2019
Video
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Portraying the realities of indigenous vegetables in Tanzania
Project
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Sustainable Agrifood Systems Strategies – SASS project (2018-2021)
Project
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Cascading climate risks: Towards adaptive and resilient European societies – CASCADES project (2020-2024)
Corporate document
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ECDPM brochure
Commentary
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COP25: The eternal challenge of competing interests
Commentary
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The paradox of climate change: How Africa can step up climate action to lighten its vulnerability
Paper
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Finance to adapt: Making climate funding work for agriculture at the local level
Commentary
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Transforming food systems to combat climate change
Commentary
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Path to Zero Hunger: Cash-based programming, human-centred development and localisation
Commentary
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Getting to grips with the regional politics of water in Africa
Commentary
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A generational divide in the fight against climate change
Commentary
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Preserving ecosystems in Africa: Reflections from COP24
Paper
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African river basin organisations: From best practice to best fit
Commentary
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Small changes, big world: An inspiration for Europe and middle-income countries fighting climate change
Video
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Documentary: Towards a #ZeroHunger future with Africa’s forgotten treasures
Paper
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The ice is broken, what’s next? How the EU and middle-income countries work together on climate change
Brief
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IGAD : Sécurité alimentaire et résilience. Quels intérêts communs régionaux dans un environnement défavorable?
Brief
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CEDEAO et énergie : Intérêts nationaux, marchés régionaux et accès à l'énergie
Brief
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L’agenda de la SADC concernant l’eau : gérer ou exploiter les ressources hydrauliques régionales ?
Brief
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L’Autorité du bassin du Niger : concilier les intérêts en amont et en aval sur le fleuve Niger
Brief
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La Commission internationale du bassin Congo-Oubangui-Sangha (CICOS) au fil de l’eau : de la navigation au financement climatique en moins de 20 ans ?
Brief
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La Commission du bassin du lac Tchad (CBLT) : l’eau et la sécurité au carrefour des régions
Brief
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The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa: Incentive-based institutional reform?
Brief
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ECOWAS Energy: From national interests to regional markets and energy access?
Brief
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ECOWAS: Political traction with Africa’s oldest regional organisation
Brief
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The SADC Water Agenda: Managing or developing regional water resources?
Brief
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The Niger Basin Authority: Reconciling upstream and downstream interests on the Niger River
Brief
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The Nile Basin Initiative: Balancing historical rights, national needs and regional interests
Brief
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The Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC): Water and security at an inter-regional cross-roads
Brief
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IGAD Food security and resilience: Common regional interests in a harsh environment?
Brief
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EAC food security: Private sector ambitions facing political headwinds
Brief
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The International Congo Ubangui Sanga Commission (CICOS): Going with the flow – from navigation to climate finance in less than 20 years?
Great Insights magazine
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No sustainable improvements in nutrition unless women and girls are empowered as agents of change
Great Insights magazine
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Gender equality essential to confront climate change impacts
Great Insights magazine
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Women's struggle in food value chains
Great Insights magazine
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Agricultural value chains and their potential for youth employment in fragile and conflict-affected contexts
Great Insights magazine
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Youth employment opportunities in African agrifood systems
Video
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Animation: Empowering women in Africa – A crucial step to achieving food security
Commentary
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Common But Differentiated Responsibilities (CBDR): The challenge of rejuvenating an old-school principle ahead of the 2015 climate negotiations

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