What is Southern Africa’s plan for the climate crisis?

The region has inadequate adaptation funding and many communities are unable to withstand climate change effects.

Southern Africa has already endured five extreme weather events this year. Storms in parts of Madagascar, Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe destroyed property and affected several hundred thousand people – many of whom are still recovering from cyclones in 2021 and 2019.

The climate crisis has become one of Southern Africa’s most pressing challenges. Many communities are extremely vulnerable but have little ability to adapt, and countries receive inadequate international adaptation funding. How can the region plan for these increasing climate hazards?

Chairperson: Ottilia Anna Maunganidze, Head of Special Projects, ISS Pretoria


Aimee-Noel Mbiyozo, Senior Research Consultant, Migration, ISS Pretoria

Dr Nelson Chanza, Research Fellow, Department of Urban & Regional Planning, University of Johannesburg

Alize le Roux, Senior Researcher, African Futures & Innovation, ISS Pretoria

Development partners
This seminar is funded by the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
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