Summit Agenda
Tuesday 05 March
“Stepping up Climate Action in Africa”
As framed by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the continent's wider development blueprint, Agenda 2063 'The Africa We Want', aimed at a peaceful, prosperous and integrated Africa, the continent is already being severely impacted by the adverse effects of climate change which is putting long-term development objectives at considerable risk. The 2018 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on 1.5 degrees Celsius global warming, calls for urgent action because even with a scenario of global warming at below 2 degrees Celsius (above pre-industrial levels as aimed for under the Paris Agreement), African economies will still be significantly impacted. Yet, the continent requires trillions of dollars of investment over the coming decades to plug huge investment gaps in key sectors such as agriculture, water, energy, transport, and landscape and ecosystems – all sectors which are very sensitive to climate change impacts. Unlike other economies, where huge investments are already locked-in and require retrofitting measures to climate-proof them, the demand for greenfield investments under high climate risks in Africa provides a unique opportunity to get investment right from the outset.
The Fourth Africa Climate Resilience Investment Summit (ACRIS IV) provides a platform for governments, civil society, international financial organisations and the private sector to focus on climate resilient solutions and funding to harness action at scale. The Summit will convene a set of high-level expert panels to showcase priority areas of climate resilient investments. The backbone of ACRIS IV is the Africa Climate Resilient Investment Facility (AFRI-RES) Partnership - a joint initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the World Bank Group, and the African Development Bank (AfDB). With funding from the Nordic Development Fund (NDF), AFRI-RES aims to strengthen the capacity of African policy makers, institutions, the private sector, project developers and various other potential beneficiaries, to integrate climate resilience into the planning, design, and implementation of investments in selected climate-sensitive sectors, particularly energy, water, transport, ecosystems and agriculture. The Facility’s activities include creating an open data platform, developing guidelines on how to integrate climate risks in key climate-sensitive sectors, and support outreach and dissemination to key African stakeholders to enhance capacity and collaboration. Collaborators include CR4D, Future Climate for Africa and other related initiatives in addition to the World Bank Group, African Union and ECA.
Harnessing the private sector and mobilizing public-private partnerships are key to unlocking delivery on climate resilient transport, renewable energies & hydro-energy, water systems, sustainable land management, smart agriculture & coastal management. The panel discussions at ACRIS IV will draw on practical experiences as well as pioneering and innovative approaches, in order to stimulate a deepening of partnerships and dialogue, to forge transformative action at scale. Most importantly, the Summit will provide real-time opportunities for personable interactions and networking between public and private sector organisations, to discuss potential areas of engagement. Networking opportunities will continue through well-resourced exhibition stands, highlighting tried and tested innovation. There will also be an Evening Reception and an Event Dinner.
Key Partners: African Union Commission (AUC), World Bank Group (WBG), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), and the African Development Bank (AfDB).
Main Sponsor: Nordic Development Fund (NDF) through the AFRI-RES (Africa Climate Resilient Investment Facility) Partnership.
Supporting Partner: The Global Center on Adaptation of the Netherlands.
The Summit will be chaired by Professor Jamal Saghir.
Leading private sector sponsors include:
Platinum Sponsor: Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).
Gold Sponsors: Oracle Construction and Engineering, Lekela, and Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP).
Silver sponsor: Namibia Biomass Industry Group (N-BiG).
Bronze Sponsors: European Investment Bank (EIB), Innovation Africa Limited, and Future Climate for Africa (FCFA).
Participation at the Summit will also include: African Country Delegates - these include senior ministers and government officials; Leading Development Institutions - World Bank Group (WBG), European Investment Bank (EIB), Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD), and African Development Bank (AfDB); Regional Power Pools - EAPP, WAPP, SAPP, PEAC and COMELEC; Regional River Basins - Congo river basin, Gambia river basin, Niger River basin, Nile river basin, Senegal river basin, Volta River basin, and Zambezi river basin; in addition to Regional Economic Communities which will include COMESA, EAC, ECCAS, ECOWAS, IGAD, and SADC.
There will also be participation from leading industry specialists and firms on key infrastructure, agriculture, rural and urban areas of investment including:
Agribusiness: Innovation Africa Limited, and Lindsay Africa.
Renewable Energy: Cambi Group AS, Crossflow Energy, USE-IT, BioTherm Energy Pty Ltd, NuRa Energy Pty Ltd, Namibia Biomass Industry Group (N-BiG), Energy Vault, Foundation Rural Energy Services, and Profec Eswatini Wind & Solar Solutions.
Water: Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility (CRIDF), and Almar Water Servicios Espana.
Transport Infrastructure: Lindsay Corporation, Enza Construction, MAN Enterprise, and Oracle Construction and Engineering.
Waste Management: Cambi Group AS, USE-IT, and Averda South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
Multi-disciplinary Climate Consultancies: The Global Center on Adaptation, SMEC South Africa, and the Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP).
Climate Finance: European Investment Bank (EIB), Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), Rand Merchant Bank, and African Infrastructure Investment Managers Pty Ltd.
Space Technology and Satellite Data: European Space Agency (ESA), Hatfield Group, and GMV Aerospace & Defence S.A.U.
17:00 - 19:00
Pre-event Registration - Sandton Conference Center, Johannesburg
Event participants may complete registration by collecting their delegate pack & event access pass (business card required). Sponsors are asked to setup their exhibition booth whilst those Chairing sessions liaise with fellow panellists.
19:00 - 21:00
Evening Networking Reception - San Bar, Sandton Sun Hotel, Johannesburg
An 'ice-breaker' opportunity for event participants to meet and discuss the two days ahead in a relaxed and informal setting, whilst enjoying a range of canapés and refreshments.
Wednesday 06 March
Sandton Conference Center, Johannesburg, South Africa
8:00 - 8:30
Networking Registration
Delegates yet to register may do so by collecting their delegate pack & event access pass (business card required), whilst networking and enjoying tea & coffee.
8:30 - 9:30
Session 1: Opening Ceremony & Keynote Addresses on Scaling up Ambition for Climate Action in Africa
8:30 - 8:40 
Summit Chair
Prof. Jamal SAGHIR, Advisory Board Member of GRV Global
8:40 - 8:50 
Welcoming Remarks
Hon. Nomvula MOKONYANE, Minister of Environmental Affairs of Government of South Africa
8:50 - 9:05 
Introductory Remarks
H.E. Amb. Josefa Leonel Correia SACKO, Commissioner for Rural Economy & Agriculture of African Union Commission (AUC)
9:05 - 9:20 
Keynote Addresses: Setting the Context
Paul NOUMBA UM, Country Director - South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia & Zimbabwe; Africa Region of World Bank Group (WBG)
9:20 - 9:30 
Mohale RAKGATE, Group Executive - Project Preparation of Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)
9:30 - 11:00
Session 2: Managing Land & Water Resources in the Face of Climate Change
Climate change is accelerating desertification and the degradation of soils, while at the same time precipitation patterns are changing with water stress increasing. Currently, 40% of soil in Africa is degraded. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), some 83% of Sub-Saharan African people depend on the land for their livelihood, and food production in Africa will have to increase almost 100% by 2050 to keep up with population demands. Millions of Africans still suffer from water shortages due to problems of uneven distribution and management of existing supplies. One example of the disparity in water availability lies in the Congo Basin, where 30% of the continent’s water drains through land inhabited by only 10% of Africa’s population. Various initiatives are underway, including:
  • The European Commission and the EU Member States have raised more than €100 million to contribute to financing research aimed at helping farmers adapt to climate change (DESIRA project). Three joint projects with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation started in 2018, and another €100 million will be invested in 2019. 
  • The “100 Water and Climate Projects for Africa” funding platform is currently examining 16 projects
Panel Chair: Benoît BOSQUET, Director - Environment & Natural Resources of World Bank Group (WBG)
Alex SIMALABWI, Executive Secretary - GWPSA, Global Lead - Water Climate Resilience & Head of Africa Coordination Unit of Global Water Partnership
Mamphela RAMPHELE, Co-President of Club of Rome
Islam Sabry AL ZAYED, Researcher & Senior Technical Officer of National Water Research Center (NWRC), Ministry of Water Resources & Irrigation (MWRI); Egypt
Manel SALVADO TENESA, Business Development Director Africa of Almar Water Servicios Espana
Leonard MAGARA, Projects Director of Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility (CRIDF)
Declan CONWAY, Professorial Research Fellow, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change & the Environment of London School of Economics & Political Science (VIRTUAL PANELLIST)
10:50 - 11:00
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
11:00 - 11:30
Networking Tea & Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:30
Session 3: Climate Risk Management & Resilience: Stepping up our Game
Climate risks need to be managed at multiple levels and across time-scales. Best practices for the implementation of risk reduction measures in different sectors, and across landscapes, is critical to ensure effective adaptation. Lessons learnt from the implementation of specific projects, including analysis, must inform these approaches in order to avoid fragmentation and worse, to ensure that mis- and mal-adaptation does not undermine efforts. Lessons on these are emerging on multiple fronts. Risk management and systematic reduction of hazards in climate-sensitive sectors need focus on:
  • Assessments of resilience and development of resilience action plans
  • Social safety nets 
  • Ecosystem services and nature-based solutions to improve resilience
  • Approaches and tools for building back better and resilient reconstruction
  • Holistic approaches to migration and displacement due to climate change
  • Innovative financing opportunities, including climate risk insurance and risk transfer
Panel Chair: Charles REEVE, Team Leader of Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility (CRIDF)
Hon. Batio BASSIERE, Minister of Ministry of Environment, Green Economy & Climate Change; Burkina Faso
Kanta Kumari RIGAUD, Lead Environment Specialist, Regional Climate Change Coordinator - Africa Region of World Bank Group (WBG)
Abderrahmane KHECHA, Senior Policy Officer of Department of Rural Economy & Agriculture, African Union Commission (AUC)
Jean B. MUKUMWA, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer of Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience - National Project Coordination Unit (PPCR NPCU), Ministry of National Development Planning; Zambia
Prof. Barbara EVANS, Chair of Public Health Engineering, and Co-director - Centre for Global Development of University of Leeds (VIRTUAL PANELLIST)
12:20 - 12:30
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
12:30 - 13:30
Session 4: Africa Climate Resilient Investment Facility (AFRI-RES) – Importance of Harnessing & Mobilizing Climate Resilient Knowledge for Climate Action
Climate resilience must be at the heart of all investments across Africa. Climate impacts need to be better understood and the response to them needs to be customized based on the best knowledge, and guidance. A central function of AFRI-RES will be to facilitate interaction between policy makers, financiers, project developers, and scientific & engineering experts in order to develop and mainstream new practices that deliver climate resilient infrastructure and investments in Africa. The panel will discuss these needs, solutions, and modalities to step-up this engagement – to ensure that the knowledge reaches the last mile – to deliver on resilience, especially of the most vulnerable.
Panel Chair: Kanta Kumari RIGAUD, Lead Environment Specialist, Regional Climate Change Coordinator - Africa Region of World Bank Group (WBG)
Linus MOFOR, Senior Environmental Affairs Officer (Energy, Infrastructure & Climate Change) of UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
Aage JORGENSEN, Program Manager of Nordic Development Fund (NDF)
Jasper COOK, Chief Technical Adviser of UKAID-DFID Funded ReCAP Programme
Worknesh Mekonnen GONET, Director & Representative to the AU of UNOPS Ethiopia Operational Hub (Ethiopia, Sudan & Djibouti)
Jonathan FIRST, Lead Product Innovation Specialist of Product Innovation, Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)
13:20 - 13:30
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
13:30 - 14:30
Networking Lunch Break Sponsored by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)
14:30 - 19:00
Session 5: Cementing the Dialogue; Public-Private Sector Face-to-Face
The session consists of two parts; short ignite presentations (10 mins) followed by speed dating marketplace tour. 
14:30 - 15:50
Showcasing Technology, Innovation & Solutions
Short private sector presentations to showcase successful and practical applications of technology and innovation - highlighting financially viable climate resilient solutions in specific geographies.
Panel Chair: Andrew DOWELL, CEO of GRV Global
14:40 - 14:50 
Neil ROBERTSON, Managing Director of Innovation Africa Limited
14:50 - 15:00 
Gary BROWN, Regional Consultant of Cambi
15:00 - 15:10 
Colin LINDEQUE, General Manager of Namibia Biomass Industry Group (N-BiG)
15:10 - 15:20 
Manel SALVADO TENESA, Business Development Director Africa of Almar Water Servicios Espana
15:20 - 15:30 
Romain PY, Head of Investments of African Infrastructure Investment Managers Pty Ltd
15:30 - 15:40 
Gerard MARGARIT, Business Development Manager of GMV Aerospace and Defence S.A.U.
15:40 - 15:50 
Chris WHYTE, Managing Director of USE-IT
15:50 - 16:30
Networking Tea & Coffee Break
16:30 - 19:00
1-2-1 Pre-Scheduled Business Meetings (speed dating)
Opportunities for 1-2-1 interactions between ACRIS officials and private sector enterprises. To ensure maximum benefit is gained from ACRIS IV, profiles of all attending officials outlining their role and responsibilities will be issued to delegates prior to the Summit. Delegates may then login to GRV Global's secure scheduling suite, and make an informed choice of whom they wish to meet with. All participants receive an individually tailored schedule based on these selections a few days before the Summit. Each meeting lasts for 15 minutes. Meeting areas are discreetly located, free from distraction and to allow for focused discussions. There is no pre-planned content to the conversations.
19:30 - 20:00
Event Dinner Transport
Transportation for the ACRIS Dinner, communally, will be provided by GRV Global. Transportation will leave the Sandton Conference Center lobby at 7:30pm for an 8pm start.
20:00 - 22:00
Event Dinner - The Codfather Restaurant
An informal ACRIS Dinner at one of Johannesburg's most revered restaurants, welcoming the Official Delegation and all Event attendees for fine cuisine, entertainment and refreshments. An ideal opportunity for further networking and to discuss the day's stand-out talking points.
Thursday 07 March
Sandton Conference Center, Johannesburg, South Africa
8:30 - 9:00
Networking Registration
Delegates yet to register may do so by collecting their delegate pack & event access pass (business card required), whilst networking and enjoying tea & coffee.
9:00 - 9:10
Day Two Welcoming Remarks
Summit Chair
Prof. Jamal SAGHIR, Advisory Board Member of GRV Global
9:10 - 10:10
Session 6: Coastal Resilience in Africa
Urban populations in Africa’s Low Elevation Coastal Zones (LECZ) will increase by two-fold by 2030 and ten-fold by 2060, and the vulnerability of these coastal areas, cities and livelihoods are at significant risk. Urbanization and climate change will rapidly escalate coastal populations’ exposure to Sea Level Rise (SLR), erosion, land subsidence and storm surges. Improving the capacity of coastal areas and cities to prepare, adapt, and grow must be a priority. Various programs are underway to address coastal resilience, including the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA), which seek to:
  • Improve the understanding of the interaction between human and environmental pressures.
  • Design tailored city-level solutions to integrate coastal and urban resilience.
  • Leverage public-private partnerships, external partnerships, or donor co-financing for multi-sector investment packages. 
Panel Chair: Benoît BOSQUET, Director - Environment & Natural Resources of World Bank Group (WBG)
Jean-Pascal TORRETON, Head of IRD-CNRS-Cirad Joint Office in South Africa of IRD - Research Institute for Development; France
Werner MARITZ, Director Industry Strategy of Oracle Construction and Engineering
Louis Sourou BOSSA, Deputy Director of Programming & Foresight of Ministry of Living & Sustainable Development; Benin
10:00 - 10:10
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
10:10 - 10:30
Spotlight Address
Hon. Onyoti Adigo NYIKWEC, Minister of Ministry of Agriculture & Food Security; South Sudan
10:30 - 11:00
Networking Tea & Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:30
Session 7: Energy Access & Renewable Energies
Sustainable Development Goals aim to ensure affordable, reliable and modern energy for all by 2030. However, more than 600 million people currently live without access to reliable electricity in Africa. Significant investment is needed in order to close the gap and achieve universal energy access by 2030. There is a key need to identify, develop, and scale financial solutions that enable private sector capital to flow into energy access investments, including solutions for distributed generation, off-grid, and “last-mile” grid connection. These sustainable finance vehicles will:
  • Offer returns for investors, while reducing emissions
  • Support improved livelihoods and give access to education opportunities 
  • Reduce negative health impacts associated with carbon-intensive forms of energy production.
  • Importance of addressing climate risks in design of large-scale Hydropower investments.
Panel Chair: Mahama KAPPIAH, Executive Director of ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (ECREEE)
H.E. Dr. Yasmin FOUAD, Minister of Ministry of Environment; Egypt
Sosten ZIUKU, Director for Energy Conservation & Renewable Energy of Ministry of Energy; Zimbabwe
Mwayi MKANTHAMA, Environmental Officer of Environmental Affairs Department, Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy & Mining; Malawi
Bruna CONSIGLIO, Business Developer of Foundation Rural Energy Services
Merrick KERR, Chief Commercial Officer of Energy Vault
Kannan LAKMEEHARAN, Partner of McKinsey & Company
12:20 - 12:30
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
12:30 - 13:30
Networking Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:30
Session 8: Sustainable Agriculture for Smallholders
Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa remain among the most vulnerable in the world to the impacts of climate change, which are already a major cause of out-migration and poverty across West and Central Africa. Climate impacts on agriculture (which employs 60% of the workforce) will increase vulnerability and further threaten rural poverty. Key barriers to rural transformation and improved resilience in the region include a lack of land tenure, basic infrastructure, technology and knowledge, as well as insufficient access to well-organized markets and financial services, including credit and insurance. This session will focus on overcoming these barriers through:
  • Development of new business models and approaches that are attractive to the financial sector and supportive of a paradigm shift toward low-emission, climate-resilient agriculture in a way that transforms the livelihoods of women and young people and increases food security and nutrition.
  • Innovative and transformative financial instruments to mobilize climate investment to benefit smallholders and rural economies in West and Central Africa.
Panel Chair: Mark CACKLER, Practice Manager - Agriculture Global Practice Africa Region of World Bank Group (WBG)
Hon. Onyoti Adigo NYIKWEC, Minister of Ministry of Agriculture & Food Security; South Sudan
Hon. Vangelis Peter HARITATOS, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate & Rural Resettlement; Zimbabwe
Afeikhena JEROME, Special Advisor to the Commissioner for Rural Economy & Agriculture of African Union Commission (AUC)
Neil ROBERTSON, Managing Director of Innovation Africa Limited
Majola MABUZA, Programme Officer - Policy of Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU)
14:20 - 14:30
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
14:30 - 15:30
Session 9: Resilient Cities
Cities are critical players on climate change. Africa is currently the least urbanized continent however, its urbanization rate of 3.5 percent per year is the fastest in the world. Today, the number of Africans living in cities is 40% which is projected to grow to 50% by 2030; not forgetting, the urban population which needs to be accounted for. For this reason, cities are on the front-lines of climate action, making bold commitments around climate-resilient, low-carbon development pathways. To mobilize the finance needed to bring these commitments to fruition, policy-makers, the business community and all classes of investors must work together to pilot, implement, and scale-up sustainable investment models. Innovative financial instruments are needed to address market barriers and support the deployment of climate solutions in cities of developing countries. There are successful stories emerging from strong leadership in cities which can inspire action at scale.
Panel Chair: Jack Jones ZULU, Economic Affairs Officer of Urbanisation & Development Section, UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
H.E. Dr. Yasmin FOUAD, Minister of Ministry of Environment; Egypt
Aage JORGENSEN, Program Manager of Nordic Development Fund (NDF)
Lisa JUNGHANS, Climate Finance & Urban Resilience Expert of GIZ / eThekwini Municipality
Geoff TOOLEY, Senior Manager - Catchment Management of GIZ / eThekwini Municipality
15:20 - 15:30
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
15:30 - 16:00
Networking Tea & Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:30
Session 10: Financing Climate Resilience
Countries have submitted their NDCs as called for under the Paris Agreement, and are now preparing their updates to the UNFCCC by 2020. These include estimates of financing needs, some of which are preconditioned on available financing. The climate financing gap has never been larger – especially in the face of urgent calls to step-up action and counter the growing emissions gap and adaptation deficit. These gaps are especially stark in Africa. Even as the Green Climate Fund continues its efforts to deliver, and the opportunities for Green Economies are hailed as the means to deliver, the bottlenecks in both “enabling” finance and “investment” for climate action need to be addressed. This session will discuss avenues, innovations and action which must be pursued.
Panel Chair: Barry MAHER, Senior Risk Financing Specialist of World Bank Group (WBG)
Alimata BAKAYOKO NEE KONE, Permanent Secretary of National Commission of the GEF, Ministry of Economics & Finance; Cote d'Ivoire
Isabel LEROUX, Program Manager of Nordic Development Fund (NDF)
Muhammed SAYED, Climate Finance Specialist of Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)
Tom ANDERSEN, Head of EIB Regional Representation for Southern Africa & the Indian Ocean of European Investment Bank (EIB)
Birungi KORUTARO, Country Team Leader - Uganda of Kilimo Trust
Kofi ASUMADU, Head of Guarantees & Specialized Finance of Afreximbank
17:20 - 17:30
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
17:30 - 18:00
Session 11: Closing Ceremony
Summit Chair
Prof. Jamal SAGHIR, Advisory Board Member of GRV Global
Andrew DOWELL, CEO of GRV Global