Development Corridors Partnership

Supporting adaptation action and climate resilience in 2021

Supporting adaptation action and climate resilience in 2021

(Originally published on 1st February, 2021, as a post on LSE’s Grantham Research Institute blog. See the full publication here.) Authors: Declan Conway and Katharine Vincent We all have to live with the risks posed by climate change, and learning how best to adapt will continue for decades into the future. There are no blueprints: …

Environmental degradation from transportation infrastructure: the case of Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway

Environmental degradation from transportation infrastructure: the case of Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway

As many nations look towards large-scale infrastructure investment as a catalyst for economic growth, a group of scientists from the Development Corridors Partnership (DCP) warn about the unwelcome environmental degradation that can take place if transport infrastructure such as railways and roads are not well planned for environmental sustainability. In a new paper published in …

Four Steps for the Earth: a holistic approach to saving nature

Four Steps for the Earth: a holistic approach to saving nature

22nd January 2021 As we enter a last-chance decade for tackling the global nature crisis, scientists have outlined a new framework for implementing global commitments to restoring nature, The Mitigation and Conservation Hierarchy, or Four Steps for the Earth. This comes as 2021 marks the beginning of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration as well …

Imaginaries of development corridors: Delivering the Sustainable Development Goals through development corridors in East Africa

Imaginaries of development corridors: Delivering the Sustainable Development Goals through development corridors in East Africa

Authors: Kate Elizabeth Gannon, Laetitia Pettinotti, Declan Conway, Swenja Surminski, Edward Ndilhana, and Tobias Nyumba (Originally published on 14th December, 2020, as a post on https://www.lse.ac.uk/granthaminstitute/publication/imaginaries-of-development-corridors-delivering-the-sustainable-development-goals-through-development-corridors-in-east-africa/. See the full working paper here.) Development corridors are focal points for national and international development investment in East Africa, and national governments are directing their limited public sector …

DCP holds its Internal Mid-Term Conference :  22nd – 25th Sep 2020

DCP holds its Internal Mid-Term Conference : 22nd – 25th Sep 2020

As the Development Corridors Partnership (DCP) nears its final year (2021), over 40 researchers and project partners from 11 institutions in Kenya, Tanzania, China and the UK met for an internal mid-term conference, held semi-virtually from 22nd – 25th of Sep 2020. This global virtual meeting replaced DCP’s initial plan to host an in-person Midterm …

Quantifying and visualising inter-dependencies in the water–energy–food nexus

Quantifying and visualising inter-dependencies in the water–energy–food nexus

By Declan Conway and Christian Siderius (Originally published on 25th August, 2020, as a Commentary on https://www.lse.ac.uk/granthaminstitute/news/quantifying-and-visualising-inter-dependencies-in-the-water-energy-food-nexus/ . The second paper discussed in this commentary, based on Tanzania’s Rufiji Basin, is a part of ongoing Development Corridors Partnership work. The publication can be found here) We often promote coordination as a goal, particularly in relation …

DCP HELPS GUIDE NEW CORRIDOR LEGISLATION IN NIGERIA

DCP HELPS GUIDE NEW CORRIDOR LEGISLATION IN NIGERIA

During July and August 2020, the value of the Development Corridors Partnership as a growing network, resource and driver of real practical change gained momentum. As part of the process of updating their existing Minerals and Mining Act (2007), the Federal Government of Nigeria recently sought technical assistance from the UK government. Of particular interest …

Early strategizing to achieve impact: using Kumu across a multi-country project

Early strategizing to achieve impact: using Kumu across a multi-country project

By Sicily Fiennes (Intern/UNEP-WCMC) UNEP-WCMC is leading the process to map and visualise research taking place across 4 country teams, within the GCRF Development Corridors Partnership. We are critically considering the proposed outputs and planning plausible ways that these could lead to outcomes and longer-term impacts. By taking this approach, we hope to better fill …

Tooling up to act for nature

Tooling up to act for nature

This World Environment Day, the theme is to “Act for Nature”. What does this call to action mean for scientific research? It is clear that the production of knowledge alone, while critically important, may not always be enough to make impact. Increasingly, a scientist’s call to action includes engaging at the ‘science-policy interface’. That is, …

Anticipating the arrival of the Standard Gauge Railway along Lake Victoria

Anticipating the arrival of the Standard Gauge Railway along Lake Victoria

To gain insight into the web of complexities that surround mega-development projects, Dr. Jessica Thorn from the University of York coordinated a Participatory Scenario Planning Workshop in Kisumu in August 2019. The complex social-ecological system of Lake Victoria Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa, the second largest freshwater lake in the world, and …