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Africa’s climate is changing. Across the continent rainfall patterns are set to alter. In many areas droughts will become morefrequent, more intense, and last longer. In others,new patterns of rainfall will cause flooding and soil erosion. Climate change is emerging as one of the major threats to development across  the continent.

 

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AFRICA’S ECONOMY IS GROWING VERY RAPIDLY, with Sub-Saharan Africa accounting for six of the world’s 10 most rapidly growing economies. The World Bank reports that gross domestic product (GDP) growth in Africa strengthened to 4.7% in 2013, up from 3.7% in 2012. However, this growth is fueled by oil and mineral export, which tend to create few jobs, and does not take into account the real livelihood basis of many poor sectors of the population nor environmental liabilities and degradation called “GDP of the Poor.” Some of Africa’s biggest oil- and mineral-rich countries, with the highest per-capita GDP on the continent, lie within the region most vulnerable to climate change, which significantly threatens future development, as these same countries are all ranked low on the human development index. One big problem is that as GDPs rise, reinvestment of that wealth into social improvements has not always occurred.

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EBAFOSA is the first inclusive pan-African policy framework and platform, an institution with protocols – a constitution and rules of procedure adopted in an inclusive continental process - guiding its actions, that provides a platform for all stakeholders in a country as well as continental - from governments and their agencies, the public sector, private sector, educational and research institutions, individual publics/citizens, CBOs, international intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, CSOs, FBOs

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The 2011 droughts in the horn of Africa deprived countless communities of water and food security. Two years later, devastating floods in Germany caused widespread urban destruction. These events showcase the early signs of dangerous climate change, which is already threatening the livelihoods, health, and wellbeing of millions, especially the poor and vulnerable who lack the financial, technical, human, and institutional resources to adapt to these changes.

 

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