CAS 2021 Anchoring Event – Accelerating African Adaptation: Unlocking Action

On demand on CAS TV – from the Netherlands

This Anchoring Event aims at accelerating African adaptation and is divided into two parts. The first part focuses on unlocking ambition and is hosted by Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, Sigrid Kaag. The second part focuses on unlocking action and is hosted by Kitty van der Heijden, Director General of International Cooperation.

Climate adaptation in Africa
©Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Communications Department

Event programme overview

  • Participants share their vision for a climate-resilient future and share best practices.
  • In a panel discussion moderated by Wanjira Mathai, African leaders identify and assess gaps in the translation of global ambition to local adaptation action.
  • Finally, several partners share their adaptation achievements and ambitions.
  • In the second part of the program, we dive deeper into the key themes and recommendations discussed.
  • Through Adaptation Dialogues, African experts discuss information and institutional development, on-the-ground action and unlocking climate finance.
  • Three African ChangeMakers pitch their initiatives for a climate-resilient future. Participants vote for their favourite, to be announced at the end of the session.
  • Finally, we reflect on takeaways and look ahead towards COP26.
Climate adaptation in Africa
©Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands


African and European countries and international institutions have announced that they will jointly invest more in climate adaptation in Africa. For example, the Netherlands is contributing EUR 20 million extra to the adaptation fund for least developed countries to adapt to climate change. The Netherlands is also investing EUR 100 million in the Drylands Sahel program for sustainable agriculture and better incomes for farmers and livestock farmers, with special attention for young people and women.

Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program

The African Development Bank (AfDB) announced a new Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP). This flagship program will focus on agriculture, infrastructure, youth and innovative finance. The African Development Bank has committed to mobilize USD 25 billion as climate finance between 2020 and 2025, of which at least 50% will support climate adaptation and resilience building. AfdB and GCA will use this to leverage an additional USD 12.5 billion through other key partners.

An agenda for unlocking adaptation in Africa

The Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) launched a working paper, laying out an agenda for unlocking effective, accelerated adaptation at scale in Africa based on investing in climate-resilient people, economies and in nature.

More outcomes

Download an overview of CAS 2021 outcomes and results. More per-session deliverables are also accessible from the Summit outcomes page.


This event presents a variety of high-level speakers.

Ms Wanjira Mathai, Regional Director and Vice President of WRI Africa, moderates the session.
From the studio in the Netherlands, Ms Lexter Woodley acts as master of ceremony.

Adapting in Africa

Partner organisations

Adaptation of African Agriculture Initiative

African Adaptation Initiative

African Development Bank

African Risk Capacity Ltd.

African Union

City of Beira


Climate & Development Knowledge Network

Economic Community of West African States

European Commission

Global Water Partnership

Government of Gabon

Government of Germany

Government of Rwanda

Government of the Netherlands

Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Green Climate Fund

LDC Group


Pan African Agency of the Great Green Wall


UNSG’ Youth Council on Climate Change

World Bank Group

World Resources Institute Africa