Africans Dealing with Climate Change:
Citizens Approach to COP17
Idasa, an African democracy institute, and eThekwini Municipality invite you to a conference on “Africans
Dealing with Climate Change: Citizens Approach to COP17”.
Over the past ten years, Idasa has been working with citizens and smallholder farmers in more than 26
countries across Africa in projects aimed at strengthening the voice of citizens and their participation in
public policy. This work supports the democratisation of governance together with citizens, governments,
public institutions and regional governance structures.
Idasa’s partner, eThekwini Municipality, has been recognised as having “South Africa’s best ecosystem
of local government environment projects” for its Water and Sanitation Programme. The city has also
received recognition for its use of ventilated urine diversion toilets, the Providing Debt Relief Projects, its
Multi-Point Plan to Address Air Quality and the Orange Bag Domestic Recycling Project. The municipality
has also received recognition from the UN Public Service Awards for these projects.
The conference, which will reflect Idasa’s concerns with the question of citizen participation in democracy
and governance, will address three issues strongly associated with climate change:
1. The political economy of climate change
2. Climate change governance at the local level
3. Migration and climate change
The conference will be opened by Idasa’s Executive Director Paul Graham. A highlight of the conference
will be a conversation between Kumi Naidoo, International Director for Greenpeace, and Richard Calland
of Idasa and the University of Cape Town.
You can take part in this crucial conference on 28 and 29 November 2011 at Diakonia Centre, Durban
Please RSVP by
22 November to