NICCD explores the role that information and communication technologies (ICTs) can play in addressing climate change challenges faced by developing countries.
As evidence mounts as to the growing, global effects of climate change, the need to better understand and respond to emerging development challenges associated with the shifting climate is also heightening.
The increased frequency and intensity of weather events, as well as the changing patterns of temperature and precipitation, can have devastating effects – particularly in developing countries. With limited capacities and resources to respond to storms, droughts, landslides, floods, and to their impacts on local social systems (food security, health, infrastructure, transportation, migration), the ability of vulnerable populations to escape poverty and adapt to climate change is significantly constrained.
Innovative strategies to better mitigate, monitor and adapt to the impacts of the changing climate are urgently required. Simultaneously, information and communication technologies (ICTs) are increasingly diffusing into developing regions. Mobile phones are diffusing furthest and fastest but PCs, internet access, community radio and other digital tools are increasingly available.
The Climate Change, ICTs and Innovation initiative emerges at the intersection of these two trends, exploring the role that information and communication technologies can play in addressing climate change challenges faced by developing countries.
This two-year research project was supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada, and led by the Centre for Development Informatics (CDI) at the University of Manchester. Its specific focus was:
- To summarise and conceptualise existing knowledge through preparation of a scoping study and concept paper on the subject;
- To develop new knowledge through a set of thematic papers that will explore ICTs’ role in mitigation, monitoring, strategising and adaptation to climate change;
- To develop new evidence from concrete examples and their lessons drawn from a series of regional case studies.
These project outputs have been disseminated through two books; a set of online strategy briefings and a policy paper aimed at a core audience of ICT and climate change strategists and policy-makers; and an international workshop that took forward both a policy and a future research agenda.
This website provides guidance, research knowledge and networking on the relation of ICTs to climate change mitigation, monitoring, strategy, adaptation and resilience in developing countries. See below for a summary of what each page provides.
For more information, or to get involved, please contact us.
- Books: Two online books analysing themes, strategic actions and case evidence on ICTs, climate change and development
- Case Studies: Analysing the impact of ICTs on climate change initiatives in developing countries
- Strategy Briefs: Short guides to strategic evidence, priorities and actions on ICTs and climate change; plus, a Policy Guide
- Resource Papers: Scoping Study, Conceptual Model and Thematic Reviews of eight ICCD topics
- Resilience: Briefing document, Implementation Handbook and case studies of Resilience Assessment Benchmarking and Impact Toolkit (RABIT)
- Other Languages: Ressources en Français; Recursos en Español
- Presentations, photos and posters from our January 2012 Johannesburg Workshop; plus, a guide to running your own ICCD training workshop
- Summary report, presentations and photos from our December 2010 London Workshop
- Get Involved: Join our online network
- ICTs, Climate Change and Development blog