Pioneers of low-carbon, climate-resilient development share progress

News, 17 March 2014
Governments from Africa and Asia that are shifting to low-carbon, climate-resilient development pathways will share their progress on 20-21 March at a meeting in Ethiopia organised by IIED and Echnoserve.

Addis Ababa in Ethiopia will this month host a meeting at which governments from Africa and Asia that are shifting to low-carbon, climate-resilient development pathways will share their progress (Photo: Neiljs via Creative Commons

At the meeting, representatives of Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Nepal will showcase their efforts to:

  • Combine the policy agendas of climate resilience and green economy within their development plans
  • Design financial instruments to support the shift to a new model of development that reduces use of fossil fuels while protecting people from climate change
  • Shape the design of the World Bank's Climate Investment Funds to support national development.

"These countries are pioneers, with important lessons to share with other countries as they make the transition towards cleaner development pathways that build people's resilience to an increasingly erratic climate," says Nanki Kaur, a researcher in IIED's climate change group. "Their efforts show that political will can create big changes even when resources are limited."

The countries are among the world's least developed, but have taken ambitious action over recent years.

IIED has supported these and other countries through a project that helps policymakers understand the political economy surrounding climate change, develop systems that put new knowledge to work, and support institutions that can deliver climate-resilient outcomes.

Government representatives of Kenya, The Gambia and Zanzibar will also share their experiences at the meeting in Addis Ababa, which will take place at Siyonat Hotel, Bole Medhaniyalem area.

Journalists who wish to attend the meeting, or would like to arrange interviews, should contact Nanki Kaur ( to register.


Mike Shanahan
Press officer

International Institute for Environment and Development
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London WC1X 8NH, UK.
Tel: +44 (0)20 3463 7399
Fax: +44 (0)20 3514 9055


Notes to editors

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is an independent, non-profit research institute. Set up in 1971 and based in London, IIED provides expertise and leadership in researching and achieving sustainable development (see:

The project is funded by UK aid from the UK Government, however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the UK Government.

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