Developing countries exploring pathways to climate compatibility


Development and Mitigation (DevMit) Forum

devmit forumThe Development and Mitigation Forum (27 – 29 January 2014), was recently convened by the MAPS Programme, with the support of the Energy Research Centre of the University of Cape Town and the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi.

The gathering was attended by over 100 mainly climate mitigation experts from developing coutries. The Forum provided a space for climate mitigation and development researchers, practitioners and experts to present and discuss their work and experiences in this complex contemporary challenge. Through presentations and discussions the participants were able to agree on the need for a new conversation on the challenge of ‘mitigation within a development context’ (DevMit).

The Forum was part of a series of collaborative events hosted by Southern research institutions with the aim of stimulating conversation around global and national climate governance of development and climate change, both in the context of local planning and in the lead up to negotiation of the 2015 UNFCCC agreement.

The Ideas Kit aims to capture the best thoughts, challenges, ideas, quotes and observations that emerged in our discussion.

As a feature of the Forum nine South African development experts, the ‘Development Provocateurs’ were invited to participate in the event and write a short reflective piece afterwards. They were:

Trade and industrial policy: Yash Ramkolowan

Public financial management: Len Verwey

Employment: Anthony Black

Mitigation as applied science: Lisa Kane

Land use: Emmanuel Sulle

Energy  security: Hilton  Trollip

Poverty: Rashmi Mistry

Cities: Philip van Ryneveld

Transport: Lisa   Kane

Informality and urban poverty: Aditya Kumar

A compilation of the briefings is available here.

Following three days of provocative thinking about mitigation in a developing country context, the delegates left with some new perspectives on approaches required to move forward.

Proceedings of the Forum are available here.

Further information on the Forum and its other outputs can be found online at