Africa as a continent is meeting in Nairobi Kenya for an Africa Climate Summit and Africa Climate Week from 4 - 8 September 2023. The Summit will serve as a platform to inform, frame and influence commitments, pledges, and outcomes, ending with a Nairobi Declaration.
We are responding to the effects of climate change through implementing climate adaptation projects and supporting communities hit by climate disasters to recover from loss. We applaud the unity Africa is demonstrating in approaching climate crises and our hope is the initiative will give insight on Africa’s position on climate change.
The Africa Climate Summit aims to address the increasing exposure to climate change and its associated costs, particularly in Africa. Organized in parallel with the Africa Climate Summit, Africa Climate Week will provide a platform for policymakers, practitioners, businesses and civil society to exchange notes on climate solutions, barriers and opportunities, leading to the COP28 to be held in United Arab Emirates in December 2023.
At the Africa Climate Summit, leaders will be called upon to make ambitious pledges and commitments. A comprehensive "Pledging and Commitment Framework" will be developed to guide these actions. By embracing ambitious ideas and making bold commitments, an opportunity to turn the tide on climate change exists. Collaboration and collective action is fundamental for all nations to combat climate change effectively. Delivering on climate action requires the active involvement of various stakeholders.
Our Humana People to People members embrace the idea that people are the driving force of their own development and that meaningful change is created through a collaborative process. We operate comprehensive, multi-sectorial development programs and community-led projects that empower people with the knowledge, skills, and tools to improve their own well-being.
Our Humana People to People members target their projects and programmes in areas where resilience and adaptive capacities are the lowest, and where effects of climate change hit the hardest. To facilitate locally-led adaptation, our members target investments in the capacities of communities in awareness, knowledge, understanding and skills around climate change impacts and potential adaptation options, while equally providing access to climate information and the skills for interpretation thereof.
Two of our members, ADPP Angola and DAPP Namibia with support from Sahara and Sahel Observatory, are implementing a climate change resilience and adaptation project in the transboundary region of southern Angola and northern Namibia. The project is developing and implementing community adaptation action plans for 160 communities, ultimately reaching over 140,000 people through six Climate Change Action Centres in collaboration with the community. The project work with 160 Producer Organizations and 160 Water User Associations in addressing the increasing frequency and intensity of droughts. The project is promoting climate-resilient agriculture, livelihood diversification, greater access to climate information, knowledge and awareness, and cross-border coordination and cooperation along the Angolan-Namibian border.
ADPP Guinea Bissau, has contributed to increasing access to renewable energy sources in Bissora, Guinea Bissau. Photovoltaic technology has ensured water supply and lighting for community facilities; and bio-fuel extraction from jatropha seeds. Throughout the project, 39 water pumps were installed and drip-irrigation systems were established in 24 communities. Further, 7 community bio-fuel processing centres were opened and off-grid solar powered house systems were installed in 24 community centres, 11 schools, 7 health centres and 9 mosques.
In Mozambique, ADPP Mozambique is promoting sustainable use of natural resources among smallholder farmers and fishermen to increase farmers’ and fishermen’s productivity and income. Participants are organised in 40 clubs comprising 2,000 small-scale farmers and fishermen and 1,500 collectors of baobab fruits and honey. Improved water and landscape management created better living conditions for the local community.