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Addressing the Vulnerability of Infrastructure [NDF C28]

Photos: Jørgen Schytte/Danida
Photos: Jørgen Schytte/Danida
29.06.2016
The project will add climate change dimension to the previously conducted Africa Infrastructure Diagnostics Study (AICD), a data and analytical platform documenting the status of main infrastructure sectors in 24 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Regional Africa
Addressing the Vulnerability of Africa’s Infrastructure
Ref: NDF C28

EUR 0.6 million
Project period: 2011-2015
Partner agency: World Bank
Project completed in June 2016. Actual disbursed amount EUR 598,940.77

Objectives

The objective of this project is to assist African countries in reducing the vulnerability of regional infrastructure assets to climate change, assist in planning, programming and financing future investments, and catalyse the policy dialogue on the development and deployment of climate finance instruments.  The proposed study will add a climate change dimension to the previously conducted Africa Infrastructure Diagnostics Study (AICD), a state-of-the art data and analytical platform documenting the status of main infrastructure sectors in 24 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The AICD has already assembled a considerable amount of spatial data on infrastructure and financial needs of infrastructure requirements that could provide a basis for a more thorough continental analysis of the vulnerability of infrastructure assets to climate change.  By layering on that analysis an assessment of plausible and likely changes that climate change might induce with respect to human settlement, production, and consumption patterns, it will be possible to build a more comprehensive picture of where investments to avoid vulnerability to climate shocks should be prioritised, and what the adaptation costs might be. The innovative nature of the proposal lies in the fact that it will help policy makers tackle the climate change - infrastructure nexus in a systematic way, enabling them in particular to address strategic questions such as: how much (more) would it cost to pursue road expansion plans under a harsher climate? Would the network have to be designed in a different way? How would regional power trade be affected by alternative climate scenarios? In addition to quantifying the potential cost impacts of climate change on infrastructure development, the study intends to highlight the strategic implications of climate change for decision-taking in the infrastructure sectors. Instead of being of theoretical nature, the project strives to be pragmatic by involving in addition to climate change modelling experts also engineers, planners and practitioners.

Financing

Total cost of the study will be EUR 0.8 million, of which NDF will provide EUR 0.6 million, and World Bank EUR 0.2 million.

NDF Contact

Program Manager Aage Jorgensen
Telephone +358 10 618 002

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