Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development

Energy poverty is complex and multi-faceted issue and is driven by a diverse range of social and economic factors such as rising electricity prices, household incomes, energy inefficient homes to name a few. To do justice to developing energy poverty solutions, these issues need to be well understood.

This report presents an update on the current state of energy poverty in South African cities. It explores the energy poverty-gender nexus in the urban environment, an aspect that is largely overlooked. The report addresses some of the key factors influencing energy poverty and presents the manifestations of urban energy poverty. Furthermore, reviews the current impact of key pro-poor energy policies towards aims to further develop suitable gender-sensitive energy solutions for urban municipalities.

Climate Change

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This documentary follows the experiences of urban farmers and food gardeners in townships in and around Ekhuruleni, East of Johannesburg as they attempt to deal with the challenge that is climate change. The aim of the documentary is to raise awareness around how climate change is affecting people’s livelihoods as it pertains to the growing phenomenon of food insecurity in South Africa.

 

This guide looks at citizen engagement with local government regarding service provision, what those services are and what role ordinary citizens can play in greening their cities.

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Energy

This booklet briefly examines alternative energy technologies and associated energy sources available in the market that are cleaner, appropriate, applicable and sustainable relative to those that are currently available and used by informal households for their domestic energy requirements.

In this episode we travel to the future and ask how we will power South Africa in 2050? The most speculative of the four episodes, this final instalment looks ahead to the good and the bad of South Africa’s potential energy futures.
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Green Development

The local government elections have come and gone.  In the past few weeks, your new municipal or metro council has been given the serious task of managing the local municipality.  How well they pay attention to the environmental justice issues that affect you and your community will depend, in part, on your active participation as a citizen.

To help you with this important job, we have covered a handful of topical environmental justice concerns, and tried to unpack some of the key issues at stake.

This study aims to assess the proposed dams under the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) and their prospects for success, and to inform discussions about how best to allocate scarce development funds.

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What we do

Faced with on-going development challenges compounded by the imminent threat of a warming and unstable global climate, sustainable development considerations have never been more compelling in Southern Africa.

Responsible decision making requires that we balance social, economic, and environmental objectives, taking due consideration of rights-based approaches to development in order to sustain life and the well-being of our current and future generations. This philosophy underpins the Sustainable Development Programme which encompasses four main themes: climate change, energy, resource governance and green development. The programme seeks to facilitate platforms for civil society, policy makers, decision makers and other stakeholders traditionally left out of the mainstream discourse to ensure that the interconnectedness between humans and nature is understood.

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