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State and Trends in Adaptation in Africa–The Consequences of Climate Change in Africa and a Deep Dive on Solutions for the Urban and Water Sectors

January 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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A Joint Presentation of the 1818 Society Urban & Water and Social & Environmental Thematic Groups on Climate Change.


  • Jamal Saghir worked at the World Bank for more than 25 years, where he was Director of Sustainable Development for Africa and Director for the Infrastructure Department. He is currently Professor of Practice at the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill University, Montreal, Distinguished Fellow for Economics and Development at the American University of Beirut, and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Payne Institute, Colorado School of Mines. He is also a member of the Board of several companies and entities. Jamal has contributed to over 60 publications, essays, and books.
  • Ede Ijjasz worked at the World Bank for more than 23 years, where he was Senior Director for the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, Director of Sustainable Development for Africa, and Director for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure for Latin America. He is currently the CEO and Founder of Eigen Impact Consulting, a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and advisor to several international organizations. Ede is the Social and Environment Thematic Group of the 1818 Society co-chair with Reidar Kvam.

Synopsis: Ede and Jamal co-directed the report State and Trends in Adaptation 2021, a comprehensive review published by the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) of how adaptation to climate change can make Africa safer, greener, and more prosperous in a warming world. The report combines in-depth analyses, case studies, and viewpoints with contributions from leading investment and research organizations working in Africa. In 17 chapters, the report covers a broad range of topics, from macroeconomics and trade to gender and conflict. It reviews climate impacts and adaptation solutions in a variety of economic sectors. The report was launched in October 2021, before COP26, in an event with the participation of the President of Kenya, and the heads of the IMF, WTO, UNFCC, and the African Development Bank, among others. The report provides the analytical underpinning for the African Adaptation Acceleration Program, a $25 billion program for adaptation under implementation by the AfDB and the GCA.

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January 18
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm




The 1818 Society Urban and Water Thematic Group
The 1818 Society – Social & Environment TG