South Africa

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Country Initiatives Details

Adaptation to Social, Environmental and Climate Change Impacts on Vector-Borne Diseases in Africa

Canada’s Total Contribution: $7,500,000

Targeted Countries: Botswana Côte d'Ivoire Kenya Mauritania South Africa Tanzania Zimbabwe

Funding Period: 2011/2012

Delivery Partner(s):


Canada provided $7.5 million to the International Development Research Centre's (IDRC) Ecosystems and Human Health Program to support health vulnerabilities reduction and increased resilience against vector-borne disease risks under climate change conditions in Africa. The initiative used a multi-pronged approach to explore how to improve disease control strategies and tools, and increase the capacity to generate, interpret, and use new knowledge to inform policies and practices.

Results/Expected Outcomes

Canada’s contribution to this project supported research to assist African countries in developing adaptation policies and disease control programs to anticipate, prevent, and reduce vector-borne disease risks. The initiative is expected to train African researchers to build national capacity to deal with climate change and related public health threats.

Five research projects have been selected for funding under this initiative. These projects worked to:
  • assess the impact of social and environmental determinants and climate change on malaria and schistosomiasis in Botswana, South Africa, and Zimbabwe
  • develop/improve appropriate tools and coping strategies to the aggravating effects of climate change on the transmission of vector-borne diseases, especially malaria and schistosomiasis diseases in the towns of Korhogo (Côte d'Ivoire) and Kaédides (Mauritania)
  • look at the impact of expanding agricultural development, climate change, and tsetse fly distribution while focusing on marginalised people in remote areas
  • address the potential effect of climate change on diseases such as malaria and Rift Valley Fever in Kenya
  • look into climate and land use changes effects on the Maasai population.

Energy Efficiency for Small and Medium Enterprises in South Africa

Canada’s Total Contribution: $2,300,000

Targeted Countries: South Africa

Funding Period: 2010/2011

Project Funded through a Canadian Facility: IFC - Canada Climate Change Program (CCCP)

Delivery Partner(s):


The IFC-Canada Climate Change Program provided support to promote enhanced lending and investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy and cleaner production projects in South Africa, particularly to small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) clients. The program funds were offered at a concessional rate to offset the additional costs of developing the new line of business. The project seeks to increase the rate of deployment of financing to support clean energy investments in South Africa, to ensure that companies become more resource efficient and competitive in the long term.

Results/Expected Outcomes

With support from Canada, this project is expected to mobilize an additional $7.7 million in co-financing from public and private sources and lead to an estimated greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 28,500 metric tons of CO2 per year.* This project is expected to encourage a stream of energy efficiency project investments, generating a range of environmental and economic benefits related to the development of this type of project.
Co-Financing/Mobilized Finance (CAD$): $7,700,000
Estimated GHG (metric tons of CO₂) Reduction Associated with Project (per year)Disclaimer *: 28,500
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