Opportunities for Sub-Saharan Africa: Quality Infrastructure for Climate Policy and Adaptation to Climate Change

African female researcher with glass equipment in the lab - soft focus on glass and hands.

Functioning quality infrastructure has become essential for climate protection and adaptation to climate change. Measurement, standardisation and testing as well as certification and accreditation create an important framework at the national and international level for effective combating of the causes of climate change and for dealing with its consequences.

However, in many developing and emerging countries of Africa, there is a lack of adequate services for the establishment of quality infrastructure in accordance with international standards. If available, the quality of these services is inadequate, or the coordination between the services’ providers and users is ineffective. At the same time, the warming associated with climate change and changing precipitation levels will have far-reaching consequences for the African continent in particular. Although many of the countries in the region contribute only slightly to the global emission of climate-damaging gases, several of them are very vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

adelphi, in cooperation with BSD Consulting, is analyzing the specific requirements for relevant services of quality infrastructure and corresponding funding and financing options. The focus of the study is on sub-Saharan Africa, and in particular on Ethiopia, Benin, Kenya and Uganda. Out of this analysis, the project team is developing recommendations for the expansion of the portfolio of the National Metrology Institute of Germany in the field of climate change. This includes renewable energy, energy efficiency, drinking water supply and sanitation, agriculture, human health and meteorology.