African Climate Leaders (AfriCLead) Achievements in 2023

AfriCLP Experts Appointment and Achievements Edition 6
July 18, 2022
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African Climate Leaders (AfriCLead) Achievements in 2023

Caroline Naanyu Making a presentation on “importance of Agroecology for Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture” at COP 27 in Egypt
Prof. Amare Abayineh published a paper on Women empowerment in agricultural activities and its impact on farming household food security: The case of Anna Sorra District, Guji Zone, Oromia regional state, Ethiopia. Click to view
Dr. David Awolala was appointed Research fellow/ Director Climate policy at the African Group of Negotiators experts Support (AGNES)
Meetup at University of Nairobi to welcome Dr. David Awolala to Nairobi. From left Eric Omollo, Regis Mukwapuna, Prof Timothy Waema, Dr. David Awolala, Edith Adera, and Stanley Jawuoro
Reunion of Prof. Diji Chukwuemeka Jude and Dr. David Awolala in Uganda
Dr. Leonard Chauka Published a paper; Climate change impacts outweigh conservation efforts in coral reefs that are highly exposed to thermal stresses in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Link:
Prof. Amare Abayineh was declared the Nordic Africa Institute Guest star of 2022.
Prof. Amare Abayineh was promoted to Associate professor by the Senate of Jimma University
Edith Adera made a presentation of Advancing Green Jobs in Africa – Opportunities and challenges at the Africa Climate summit in Nairobi
Edith Ofwuona at the Pre COP meeting for AGNES for African common position in Climate policy in Nairobi
Prof. Timothy Waema was appointed Chair of a Taskforce to reform Kenya’s Information, Communication and the Digital Economy Sector. He is also developing a National Data Strategy for the Uganda Government and an AI Strategy for the Kenya Government.
Dr. Bernard Barasaa was appointed Associate Prof at Kyambogo University- Uganda
Prof. Amare Received a letter of recognition from University of Cologne for his contribution to succesffuly mentor students under the leadership for Africa.
Annie Mapulanga was on a COP28 UAE panel sharing insights on “ Opportunities to accelerate the engagement of young and children skills to address loss and damage
Edith Adera, was on a COP28 UAE talking about By Africa for Africa: A new approach to Africas Institution and CGIAR for climate action in Agriculture
Dr. David Awolala; Principal Investigator: Research for Development Projects (November 2023 – October 2026) “ Decision Support for Climate Risk Preparedness towards Gender - Responsive Crop Insurance in West Africa ”. The project is under the small grant programme of the Climate Adaptation and Resilience (CLARE) and sponsored by the IDRC and Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) of the UK.
Dr David Awolala presented a Keynote Address and coordinated a Side Event at COP 28 on the theme: “Accelerating Climate Change Legislation through National Parliaments as Pathway for Climate Finance in Africa” under the African Group of Negotiators Experts Support (AGNES)
Dr . Awolala David et al, published, Economic Value and Latent Demand for Agricultural Drought Forecast: Emerging Market for Weather and Climate Information in Central-Southern Nigeria. Climate Risk Management 39 (2023) 100478.
Dr . Awolala David et al, published, Profiling User Needs for Weather and Climate Information in Fostering Drought Risk Preparedness in Central-Southern Nigeria: Multi-Criteria Decision-making Analysis. Front. Clim. 4:787605. doi: 10.3389/fclim.2022.787605.
James Wafula launched Vermicompost test center with help from his mentors at KALRO Kitale Branch. Click Here To View

Lists of Accomplishments of Prof. Chukwuemeka J.Diji for 2023


May 2023
Nominated as African Regional Lead Council of Engineers on the Energy Transition (CEET): An Independent Advisory Council to the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN). (May 2023 - date)
September 2023
Appointed Member, of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP), for the quadrennial period (2021 – 2025). Member, Independent Global Stocktake, West Africa. The Independent Global Stocktake (iGST) is a consortium of civil society actors working together to support the Global Stocktake (GST) the formal process established under the Paris Agreement (PA) to evaluate progress on climate action at the global level and identify overall gaps to achieve the PA as well as opportunities to bridge them.
October 2023
Listed on the Global South Climate Database, as an expert in the fields of climate science, policy and energy. The project was set up by Carbon Brief with the support of the Reuters Institute Oxford Climate Journalism Network. African climate expert, listed on Africa Group of Negotiators Expert Support (AGNES) database of African climate change experts, professionals and specialists across various discipline in Africa. Appointed Reviewer for International Journal of Renewable Energy Research (IJRER -, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey.
November 2023
Appointed to the Board of Director, as Director (African Sustainability hub) of the Strategy & Ops Consultancy PTY Ltd, Australia (Australian Company Number 666 090919) registered with ASIC (Australian Securities and Investments Commission) Member of the Jury for the YouthAdapt Challenge 2023, a joint initiative of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Global Center on Adaptation, funded by the African Climate Change Fund (ACCF) - 21st - 22nd November.
October 2023
Certificate of Successful completion of Course A: General and Cross - Cutting aspects for the technical review under the enhanced transparency framework under the Paris Agreement. This is a Training programme for technical experts participating in the technical expert review of biennial transparency reports. Organized by the Transparency Division of the United Nations Climate change Secretariat. Certificate of completion of five weeks of the Nature Based Infrastructure Academy covering 5 modules about nature based infrastructure, infrastructure planning, systems thinking and system dynamics models, climate data and spatial modelling, and financing NBI. Organised by Nature Based Infrastructure Global Resource Centre, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). Co – Principal Investigator (November 2023 – October 2026) “ Decision Support for Climate Risk Preparedness towards Gender - Responsive Crop Insurance in West Africa ”. The project is under the small grant programme of the Climate Adaptation and Resilience (CLARE) and sponsored by the IDRC and Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) of the UK.

Academic and Professional Activities and Practices

18th – 23rd April 2023
Selected Participant, the IPCC Seventh Assessment Outline Scoping by Africa; Nairobi Kenya. Sponsored by African Group of Negotiators Expert Group (AGNES).
May 2023
Member, Of African Group of Negotiators Expert Group (AGNES) Evaluation Panel for the NDC Delivery Lab Proposals for the Karamoja – Turkana/Pokot – Eastern EQUATORIA Region. Member, International Scientific Committee for the International Conference on Science, Technology and Health Innovation (STHISD Conference) to be hosted by the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) Sunyani, Ghana held 23 – 24 August, 2023. Publications
Ettang D; Belli A; Caroli G; Denje T.M; Diji C et al (2023) Policy Brief No. 14 for the African Group of Negotiators Expert (AGNES) – Climate Change, Peace and Security in Africa, August. DOI: briefs.
Nying'uro P, Craparo A.C.W, Diji C, Driouech F, Lukorito C, Minoarivelo H.O, Okem, A.E, Thiam M (2023) Policy Brief No. 16 for the African Group of Negotiators Expert (AGNES) – Climate Data, Climate Models and Observational Infrastructure, October. DOI: agnes- briefs.
Z. Ismaila, O. A. Falode, C. J. Diji, R. A. Kazeem, O. M. Ikumapayi, M. O. Petinrin, A. A. Awonusi, S. O. Adejuwon, T-C. Jen, S. A. Akinlabi, E. T. Akinlabi .(2023) Evaluation of a hybrid solar power system as a potential replacement for urban residential and medical economic activity areas in southern Nigeria. AIMS Energy, 2023, 11(2): 319-336. doi: 10.3934/energy.2023017

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