Partners: Department of Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation in association with the National Planning Commission, Government of South Africa, in association with Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA).

OneWorld designed and led a process for the NPC that ran over two years, to update the country’s leading development framework, the National Development Plan (NDP), and more specifically, to co-develop, with multiple stakeholders across the four social partners (civil society, government, industry and labour) an ‘end state’ vision of a low carbon, climate resilient society as envisioned under Chapter 5 of the NDP: The Transition to a Low Carbon Economy.

Integral to this project was the identification of specific pathways for the country’s energy, water and land-use – and the nexus thereof, which could facilitate the realisation of the vision. To achieve this objective, OneWorld developed and modelled scenarios for the Just Transition pathways, as a method for estimating jobs and enterprises, as well as livelihoods lost and created as a result of implementing pathways toward the 2050 vision.

Facilitating a two year process for co-creating the vision and pathways relied on identifying concrete options for a just transition through plausible models and scenarios and validating and reinforming these through stakeholder engagement workshops in each of South Africa’s provinces, a few high level Dialogue events, three community workshops, a range of bilateral engagements with the Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) of companies and engagements with civil society (youth and gender groups) and academia, as well as with South African labour unions.

Altogether, these stakeholder-determined options, validated through consensus, were synthesised and collated to develop the overall pathways for realising a Just Transition for South Africa. These pathways would allow the overall Vision of the Just Transition to be achieved, based on the principle that any transition to a low-carbon and climate resilient economy and society would also need to be just and equitable.

The pathways were formulated from the point of view of Energy, Land-use and Water in the country, with a particular emphasis on the nexus that exists between these key resources. These pathways and the overarching Vision for 2050 for South Africa were iteratively collated and eventually shared and disseminated to all stakeholders at a Concluding Conference and in a Concluding Conference Report.

The project centred around a facilitated consensus-built stakeholder dialogue process, underpinned by demand-driven information and research, to co-create a future opportunity and pathway mapping for the country. OneWorld performed the following roles on the project:


Draft Proposal: 2050 Vision and Pathways for a Just Transition to a low carbon, climate resilient economy and society (Revised proposal following the outcomes of the Concluding Conference held on 29 May 2019)


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October 2017 – May 2019
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