A few weeks ago, a new report, “A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks,” commissioned by members of the G7 was released. The report identifies seven “compound climate-fragility risks” that threaten the future stability of communities and states worldwide.
The Guardian reported on the report’s release noting that while the report makes important recommendations, the tendency to point to a possible climate war, a la Mad Max, simplifies conflict too much. Fighting over resources isn’t new, and no doubt increasingly scarce resources have the potential to set more and more sparks, but there is also history and politics to account for. Case studies in the report point to current tension points, such as struggle over the Nile River’s ebb and flow which affects millions of people in countries that depend on the Nile for their water supply.
The private industry, as reported by the World Bank, seems to recognize that stable and healthy markets are good for business and are starting to get on board with creating a low-carbon market that will support economic growth and hopefully increase more stability in the future.
Climate changes make it even more important that agricultural efforts outlined in the article “Energizing the Green Revolution in Africa” are put into play. It is becoming increasingly imperative that farmers be able to produce a maximum amount of crops per plot of land. While this has always been necessary, establishing strong agricultural production and markets will create more resilient communities globally. As noted in the G7 report, volatile food prices and provision is a likely outcome of climate change, so getting ahead of it will be important for communities most at risk.
Representatives from Development Gateway: an IREX Venture (DG) will be attending the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) from September 5-9 in Kigali, Rwanda to highlight two projects: the Visualizing Insights on African Agriculture (VIFAA) project and the Farmer-Centric Data Governance Models project.
In Episode 2 of "Data…for What?!," a podcast series from Development Gateway: an IREX Venture (DG) which explores our new strategic plan, Josh Powell met with experts from DG and IREX to discuss DG’s expansion into the education, media and disinformation, and youth sectors. The conversations explore the most pressing challenges and greatest opportunities for data and technology to positively impact these sectors and discuss how these trends are likely to play out in the years ahead. Based on these trends, the experts explain the unique fit for DG’s skills and specific opportunities for collaboration that align with the vision of DG’s partnership with IREX, which has a long and successful history working in each sector.
To help contextualize the new Strategic Plan, we are launching a podcast series called Data… for What?! This series consists of 5 episodes in Josh Powell and Vanessa Goas talk to DGers throughout the organization – as well as collaborators within our strategic partner, IREX - about how and why we prioritized the various elements of the new strategy. In this first episode, we talk to Kristin Lord, President and CEO of IREX about how our partnership fits into the Strategic Plan; and to Aleks Dardelli, Executive Vice President of IREX and Chair of DG’s Board of Directors, about the process of putting the Plan together at this opportune, yet precarious, global moment.