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Low-carbon development in sub-Saharan Africa 20 cross-sector transitions

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J. Hogarth
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Developing the necessary policies to transform SSA’s infrastructure, natural and human resources in the near term, will play a large role in shaping SSA nations' growth going forward. It is crucial that SSA governments, development partners, civil society and the private sector all seize this opportunity to shift the region’s development.
along low-carbon pathways.

Sub-Saharan African (SSA) nations the researchers find, are at a critical point in their development. These countries are experiencing rapid population growth, particularly in urban areas, and have a young and growing workforce. A number of SSA countries are also experiencing high levels of economic growth, however, this development and its benefits do not always reach the majority of citizens. At the same time, global climate change threatens to undermine food production
systems; increase the intensity and frequency of droughts, floods, and fires; and reverse any gains in development and poverty reduction that the region has achieved or is expected to achieve in the coming years (IPCC, 2013).