African Coalitions

The Climate Chance Summit Africa in 2018 was the starting point for substantive work on themes that particularly affect the African continent such as urban development or adaptation issues.

Coalitions of actors to strengthen climate action

Climate Chance is made up of a multitude of actors who are experts in their field of work and who intervene at different levels around the key fields of action for the climate: local authorities, companies, associations etc.

The structuring of thematic coalitions that can give impetus to joint work is one of the priorities of the Association.  Thematic coalitions aim to foster synergies between different types of non-state actors, notably by improving the circulation of information and promoting the emergence of new projects or initiatives.


Climate Chance Virtual Workshops, a new opportunity to advance coalition climate action

Through workshops, the presentation of initiatives, the sharing of know-how and solutions, the Climate Chance Summits are key moments in the mobilization of the coalitions. The work of the coalitions is structured around roadmaps that form the basis for concrete action by the actors brought together within the coalitions.

This year, however, COVID-19 crisis has turned the international climate events agenda upside down. Faced with the impossibility of holding its annual Summit, Climate Chance offers a cycle of virtual workshops.

These workshops will make it possible to showcase the Observatory’s analyses and results, to renew contact with African coalitions, to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on their sectors (adaptation, agriculture, energy, transport, circular economy, etc.) and to work on their roadmaps.

The African coalitions

African coalition roadmaps

These African roadmaps were synthesized into a contribution from Climate Chance to the Talanoa Dialogue and discussed during COP24 (Poland, December 2018). They have since been updated, following the virtual workshops of the coalitions in 2020 and 2021, following the same model.

Priority on the African continent to support the coherence of climate and develoment actions

2018 marks a milestone for the Climate Chance Association. Conscious of the importance of the link between climate and development and the development issues facing the African continent, the Climate Chance Association has decided to make it one of its priorities. The starting point is the creation of sectoral coalitions specific to the African continent and the resulting sectoral roadmaps. Annual African Regional Summits to disseminate and strengthen action to combat climate change in Africa will be held as milestones in the progress of the roadmaps.

The first Climate Chance Summit – Africa was held in Abidjan in 2018. The Second Climate Chance Summit africa took place in Accra, from 16 to 18 October 2019.

In the meantime, the exchanges between the various thematic coalitions are ongoing: during international meetings in which the actors participate, as well as at a distance: the association has set up an online exchange platform where actors can share best practices, calls for projects, funding opportunities etc. The association’s team also shares information on the platform and continues its work of identifying actors by inviting them to join the coalitions according to their fields of action in order to help grow the network and the exchanges between actors.

The Climate Chance Association wishes to mobilize the community of actors acting for the climate in Africa, to reinforce synergies between actors, and to propel their actions, words and priorities to the forefront of the international climate scene.