COP27 in Egypt late last year reaffirmed the duty of OECD nations to provide the finance and support necessary for developing nations to adapt to current climate challenges and to minimise future emissions, whilst continuing to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The urgency of the situation is abundantly clear. Devastating floods are affecting countries in Asia, droughts, intense storms and wildfires have been experienced across Europe, Australasia and the Americas, and the frequency of severe weather events is increasing throughout Africa. It can feel overwhelming.
Looking back at thirty years of global efforts to address climate change, former Executive Secretary UN Climate Change (2010-2016), Christina Figueres recently said that addressing climate change is not about hope, but about decision, choice and courage, about doing what needs to be done.[i]
She is right.
However, hope often goes hand in hand with courage and is necessary if we are to affect change and inspire action and so I would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the transformational work that InfraCo Africa – the project development arm of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) – is doing in the sub-Saharan off-grid energy space, putting official development assistance funds to good use.