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Call for Papers: International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management (IJCCSM)
International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management (IJCCSM)
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Call for Papers: International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management (IJCCSM)

Special Issue: Climate Change and Post COVID economy recovery-transformation in Africa

Guest Editors: Dr Adeniyi Constant Labintan , Dr Auma George KARARACH , Dr Tshepelayi Tshepelayi Kabata , Dr Paul Mwebesa , Edumundo Pangara , Sepo Sitali

  1. African Development Bank Group (AfDB), Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
  2. African Development Bank Group (AfDB), Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
  3. Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA), Sudan
  4. University of California, Davis, USA
  5. Kyushu University, Japan
  6. GIZ, Botswana

There is high confidence that countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are highly vulnerable to climate risks although their contribution to global GHG emission is relatively low (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),2014; IPCC,2018). On one hand, SSA countries are characterized by limited access to international financial resources; low capacity to leverage domestic resources for their development finance; poor physical and social infrastructure to adapt to climate risks. Moreover, they lack adequate policies and institutional frameworks to enable private sector participation and to build long-term socio-economic, biophysical, and technological adaptation capacities to cope with exogenous chocs such as climate change. For instance, in 2019, half of the 10 most affected countries by climate extremes were in SSA. Associated loss per unit of GDP was 12.16% in Mozambique (1); 4.26% in Zimbabwe (2); 2.26% in Malawi (5); 0.74% in South Soudan (8) and 0.74% in Niger (9(GERMANWATCH,2021). Between 1990 and 2018, disruptive drought, floods, and storms in SSA have caused a current account deficit of 0.9% to 0.2% of GDP while the gaps in fiscal deficit account range from 3.5% of GDP to 0.15% of GDP(IMF,2020).

On the other hand, COVID-19 is an additional threat to Sub-Sahara African socio-economic development. Despite the fact that the full impact of COVID-19 has not yet been estimated, there is the confidence that the disruptive effect in Sub-Sahara Africa (SSA) will likely enhance the region's social and economic vulnerabilities. Measures introduced by governments in both the public and private sectors to mitigate the infection rate and minimize the death rate have caused significant setbacks on the African economy. This is in terms of productivity loss, disruption in production and supply chains, and loss of revenue from trade, especially for oil-exporting countries. It was estimated that Africa could lose up to 20–30% of its fiscal revenue (AU, 2020). This will likely reduce African countries’ capacities in mobilizing financial resources. Low public financial/investment flow will affect national capacities in mitigating the impact of Covid 19 as well as their abilities to services debts (IMF,2020). National budget constraints would also limit African countries’ capacities in using public financial resources as catalytic capital in financing their development needs including in building their national and sectoral resilience toward climate risks as well as their pathways toward low carbon economies.

However, with the aim to recover and build back better, countries in the region are putting in place their economic recovery and transformation plans. These stimulus packages are made of several instruments ranging from policy reforms (fiscal policies and debt restructuration), investment in the infrastructure sector, and institutional capacities building.

Meanwhile, in their framework in building back better, it is certain that if the undertaken pathways do not fully integrate climate resilience measures or mainstreaming climate risks, all previous effort or progress made toward enhancing regional countries’ adaptive capacities to climate change could definitively be mitigated. Moreover, any recovery action that does not align with National Adaptation Actions(NAPA); National Adaptation Plans (NAPs)framework; Nationally DeterminedContributions (NDC)would likely not be effective in the medium and long term.

Therefore, it is crucial to develop and implement cost-effective resilience and transformation strategies and action plans that would sustainably enhance countries’ adaptative capacities and resilience toward both COVID-19 and climate change. In a related development, this special issue will explore various mechanisms that SSA countries could make use of technically and cost-effectively to build back better. By design, the issue will integrate a multi and interdisciplinary approach from scholars located in all regions and with expertise in disciplines including engineering, social sciences, finance, natural sciences, health, and business.

Indicative list of anticipated themes:

  • Building structural economic transformation, resilience, and climate adaptative capacities.
  • Toward debt swap to nature vs debt swap to the climate in post-recovery.
  • Public finance management, governance, and climate change monitoring.
  • Domesticating the Paris Alignment Framework in Building Back Better (BBB).
  • Transformative cities resilience and disaster risks management.
  • Strategy to make new infrastructure resilience
  • Design of co-effective nature base solution and conservation

framework to support SDGs in the post recovery

  • Enhancing private sector participation in climate adaptation finance.
  • Entrepreneurship and innovative adaptation technologies development.

Expressions of interest, consisting of 250 words abstract with the full contact details of the authors should be sent to info@iccip.net.

The deadlines are as follows:

Abstract submission deadline: 30th May 2021

Full paper’s submission: 30th August 2021