Climate change, migration and development: how to enhance the impact of African Diaspora organisations?’

Climate change, migration and development: how to enhance the impact of African Diaspora organisations?’

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‘Climate change, migration and development: how to enhance the impact of African Diaspora organisations?

Climate change is one of the biggest long-term challenges to global development. However, Africa is particularly vulnerable to the negative impact of climate changes due to its low capacity for dealing effectively with its vagaries. Furthermore, climate change is a key development challenge in Africa. For instance, most of the countries in Africa that are now bracing for the negative impact of climate change and its related hazards are those already lagging behind in terms of development, with some of them actually regressing. As a result, the negative impact of climate change will not only retard development but can also contribute to already existing challenges such as political crises and instability, poor economic conditions, poverty, malnutrition, overpopulation and high density, rapid urbanization, social tensions and conflict, forced migration, etc. In short, the hazards that
climate change will trigger both in development and human mobility within the context of Africa will be severe as many countries on the continent are neither prepared nor equipped to deal with and thereby mitigate its overall negative impacts.

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