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Africa Transformation-Ready: The Strategic Application of Information and Communication Technologies to Climate Change Adaptation in Africa

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Type of Publication:
Working Papers & Briefs
Focus Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa
Focus Topic:
Climate / Weather / Environment
Information Technologies
Type of Risk:
Weather & Climate related
Type of Risk Managment Option:
Risk coping
Ben Akoh, Livia Bizikova, Jo-Ellen Parry, Heather Creech, Julie Karami, Daniella Echeverria, Anne Hammill, Philip Gass
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

African countries are preparing for and responding to the potential consequences of climate change by building their understanding of climate science, assessing their vulnerability to projected impacts, identifying priorities for adaptation, developing plans and strategies, and implementing targeted adaptation measures. Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) could play an important role in support of these efforts. However, understanding of their potential is currently limited.

This report is the outcome of research commissioned by the African Development Bank and the World Bank Group, with the support of the African Union, to explore the transformative potential of ICTs in
addressing the major economic, environmental and social challenges facing the African continent due to the impacts of climate change. It is one of several sector-based studies commissioned with a view to
preparing a flagship report under the “Transformation Ready” theme.