What is DFID doing?
Building climate knowledge and capacity
DFID is supporting programmes to improve knowledge of the impacts of climate change at the local level in Africa.
We were instrumental in facilitating the design of Africa's Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev) programme. This programme, managed by the African Union Commission, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and the African Development Bank, aims to improve climate change analysis in Africa and identify how countries can become more resilient to its impacts. DFID was the first donor to finance the programme's implementation.
In Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi, DFID has funded ground breaking studies to help identify the current and potential future economic costs of climate change. In Rwanda, for example, the direct economic costs of the 2007 flood were estimated to be $4 - $20 million in two regions. The information from the studies will be used by these countries to develop climate change strategies.