Climate resilient development: experience from an African capacity development programme

This brief presents insights and lessons learned from a capacity development programme on water security and climate resilient development covering eight countries in Africa – Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Ghana, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tunisia and Zimbabwe. The Water, Climate and Development Programme for Africa (WACDEP) was developed by the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) as a response to the African Union Heads of State and Government adopting the Sharm el-Sheikh Declaration on Water and Sanitation in July 2008. WACDEP aims to integrate water security and climate resilience in development planning processes, develop partnerships and capacities to build resilience to climate change through better water management, and develop ‘no regret’ financing and investment strategies for water security and climate change adaptation.