Climate change crucial cog in Covid recovery

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African countries which embrace climate change in post-Covid-19 recovery will attract more finances while addressing social challenges and achieving robust sustainable growth.

This is the main finding of a new report by Power Shift Africa, Positive Agenda Advisory and Society for Planet and Prosperity that examines the social, economic and fiscal impact of Covid-19 on the continent and makes recommendations on how best to integrate policy initiatives to kick-start growth.

The report titled, Driving a Green and Sustainable Post-Covid-19 Recovery in Africa: Recommendations for Policy Actors, was a collaborative effort that drew on three case studies conducted in East, West and North Africa.

Mohammed Adow, Director of Power Shift Africa, said the pandemic is a reset moment, providing a chance to shift away from stranded fossil fuel assets and invest in clean energy.

“Africa is blessed with wind and sun; making that the bedrock of our recovery is the fastest and most sustainable way to ensure Africa prospers,” said Adow, adding that “we need to find ways to cushion ourselves from economic climate vulnerability. This can be done by prioritising renewable energy. We also need to predict and adapt to future risk and uncertainties by thinking in the long term and turn these threats to opportunities.”

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