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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Latest work

Brief
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Breaking the gridlock: Navigating the political economy of Africa’s energy systems
Project
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The political economy of clean economy transitions in African countries
Podcast
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Episode 5 - What is blocking cities from being inclusive and resilient?
Paper
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The political economy of green industrialisation in Africa
Commentary
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The struggle for effective climate governance in North Africa
Commentary
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Using special drawing rights for climate-resilient food systems and food security
Podcast
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Episode 3 - How can we advance gender equality and food security in Africa?
Guide
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An African battery value chain to kickstart green industrialisation
Paper
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Green industrialisation: Leveraging critical raw materials for an African battery value chain
Brief
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Two years into South Africa’s Just Energy Transition Partnership: How real is the deal?
Commentary
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Addressing the military carbon footprint at COP28
Guide
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Three ways to scale up debt-for-climate swaps
Dossier
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ECDPM at COP28
Article
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“Is anyone worried about the farmer? Don’t just express worry in words, do something about it”
Podcast
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In search of common ground on climate diplomacy - Part lI
Commentary
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Enhancing European financing for adaptation to cascading climate risks: Three key takeaways
Report
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The role of Europe in building system-wide resilience to cross-border climate impacts
Commentary
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The case for an Africa-Europe trade-climate-development triangle
Project
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Africa-EU climate and energy diplomacy in times of geopolitical crisis (2022-2023)
Commentary
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Deciphering the Africa Climate Summit
Commentary
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Stepping up Finance in Common
Paper
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Mobilising (European) development finance for climate adaptation and resilience
Brief
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Moving Europe and Africa towards more common ground on climate and energy
Brief
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Africa-Europe research and innovation hold the key to improve climate adaptation
Guide
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ECDPM’s recommendations for the UN Food Systems Summit +2 and beyond
Brief
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Climate change and food systems adaptation: Building roads through Rome
Paper
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Adaptation finance to local food systems in Kenya
Paper
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Upgrading the EU’s policy toolbox for nutrition leadership
Paper
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Africa-EU climate and energy diplomacy in times of geopolitical crisis
Commentary
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Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands reap the benefits of innovative financing
Commentary
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The EU’s carbon border tax can accelerate a low-carbon revolution if done right
Paper
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Soutenir la résilience des communautés au changement climatique et aux conflits au Sahel Central : une responsabilité partagée
Brief
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Navigating green economy and development objectives: The political economy of greening transport in East Africa
Brief
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Navigating green economy and development objectives: African energy transition opportunities and risks
Brief
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Navigating green economy and development objectives: The effects of external climate regimes on African economies
Brief
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Navigating green economy and development objectives: Between ‘green’ and development narratives
Paper
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Navigating green economy and development objectives: Opportunities and risks for African countries
Brief
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Sept façons de soutenir la résilience et les réponses aux crises dans le Sahel Central
Brief
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Seven ways to support resilience and crisis responses in the Central Sahel
Project
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Africa-Europe relations: A balanced narrative and reality check project (2023)
Paper
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Scaling up African clean energy
Commentary
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How the EU supports food systems change: Lessons from Malawi
Commentary
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Local action for climate adaptation: How multilevel governance can help
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
Article
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Kenya’s potential for sustainable textiles
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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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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Here's how to accelerate investments in renewables with Africa
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
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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The key to effective climate adaptation in Africa
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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An expert view on green transition in Africa
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

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